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Chemical weapons used in Mosul

REPORTS ARE emerging from Mosul that chemical weapons have been used on the civilian population for the first time since Syria’s civil war began. The city is divided by the river Tigris. Government forces on the east side of the ...

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Pre-Trump attempt at Mid-East peace

THE LAST DAYS OF US President Obama’s term of office have seen a sudden push to get peace talks re-started between the state of Israel and displaced Palestinians. Don’t hold your breath. Just before Christmas, the United Nations (UN) passed a ...

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Migrants: a political football across EU

GERMANY HAS just announced that Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy for refugees has been overturned in practice as well as forgotten in principle: only 280,000 people sought asylum in 2016 – down by 600,000 on 2015. Merkel’s original response to ...

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Bangladesh MP assassinated

Manjurul Islam, a member of the Bangladesh Parliament for the Gaibandha Sundarganj constituency, has died after being shot by three gunmen who attacked him at his home in Bamandanga of Sundarganj in northern Bangladesh. Mr Islam was injured in the ...

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