‘It was days after the ceasefire had been signed and the facts on the ground went square against what President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had intended’

The Taliban’s vandalism of Afghanistan’s greatest cultural treasure may be their most permanent legacy

The public and government mood towards immigrants, whether legal or illegal, is increasingly ugly

Lebanon’s celebration of a brutal killer’s release illustrates the extent – and the limitations – of Hizbullah’s power

France’s slogan “We may not have any oil, but we have ideas” has proved to be the winning hand when compared with Britain