The west’s alliance against President Assad is riddled with contradictions | Claire Spencer

The tragedy in Syria lies as much in the dysfunctional international response as in the war on the groundOver the past week there has been much wringing of hands over Syria, and rightly so. At every turn, the Gordian knot has been tightening, with little prospect of it being cut.Monday’s grim news was that the […]
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Call to lift Syria arms embargo to aid rebels

UK to review EU ban after Cameron visits refugee camps as Turkey says it will ask Nato to put Patriot missiles along borderBritain is to review the EU arms embargo on Syria as part of a wholesale change in strategy in the wake of Barack Obama’s re-election that could lead to the eventual arming of […]
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Ford sheds 1,400 jobs as Debenhams announces 1,700 new retail posts

As carmaker closes Transit plant in Southampton, ending 100 years of vehicle production in the UK, department store records substantial profit and reaffirms aggressive expansion plansBritain’s mixed economic recovery was starkly illustrated on Thursday as Ford closed two sites with the loss of up to 1,400 manufacturing jobs, while Debenhams lifted the mood of embattled […]
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David Cameron’s scattergun approach on EU risks UK national interest

Prime minister risks handing initiative to Britain’s EU opponents by unveiling potpourri of proposalsIn reaching out to eurosceptics will David Cameron end up undermining British interests?In a series of television and newspaper interviews, the prime minister and other minsters moved on Sunday to neutralise UKIP by promising to adopt a tough approach to the EU.Cameron […]
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Asil Nadir, Polly Peck and the headless chickens

When a tabloid reporter was sent on a covert assignment to Northern Cyprus nearly 20 years ago he stumbled on a great story about financial corruption, violence and decapitated birds. Finally he can tell itAlmost 20 years ago, when I was a young(ish) reporter on A Certain Tabloid Newspaper, I received one of the more curious of […]
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