Annan accuses UN of finger-pointing as he quits Syria peace role - but what about his own weaknesses?
Iran deals harshly with perpetrators of £1.7bn fraud after public outcry against cronyism
The tolerance shown towards Christians in Syria is unlikely to survive Assad's overthrow by Sunnis
'We do not always choose which wars to fight,' says man who led British troops in Afghanistan
West condemns threat to use WMD against foreign forces: 'the world is watching' says Obama
Border with Iraq and key Turkish frontier posts now in rebel hands, but China and Russia block progress at UN
Briefing: Israel claims Iran is behind 'global wave of terror' after latest attack on its nationals abroad
Key advisers killed in audacious Damascus blast, but how will Russia react?
The Syrian capital is in turmoil as bomb kills senior regime members and rebel forces mount all-out assault
Nawaf Fares claims a cornered Assad would not hesitate to use weapons, but Israeli intelligence seems relaxed
Pro-Assad Shabiha member captured by rebels tells how he enjoyed the power that allowed him to kill and rape with impunity
Attack on rebel village by helicopter gunships and tanks followed up by executions, according to activists
Syrian president uses German TV interview to rule out any possibility of standing down
Assad is further rocked as top general and troops swap sides to the Free Syria Army
Radioactive element which killed Russian spy Litvinenko found on PLO man's clothes
As Iran tests ballistic missile, Israel has only a short window in which to strike Iran's nuclear centrifuges
Assad regime rocked as well-known TV host and senior army officers go over to oppositon
As tanks mass on the border with Turkey, Syria's leader rejects any external measures to bring peace
Fatwa against The Satanic Verses author is made into a game to 'educate' Iran's next generation
Mohammed Morsi makes promises to women, children and Christians after finally being declared president
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