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Amid the chaos of Syria, will Israel and Iran launch an all-out war?

Neither country will benefit from a new Middle East conflict, but unless they cease military clashes, such as those inside Syria last weekend, hopes of peace remain fragile Tensions between Israel and Iran have hit a new high following last weekend’s unprecedented military clashes inside Syria. The fighting has intensified fears that the Middle East […]


Michelle Obama portrait puts black Baltimore artist in the spotlight

The commission of a lifetime for Amy Sherald has kickstarted a conversation about art, politics and culture She is a Baltimore-based artist who only paints African-American subjects and always uses a muted palette. But last week, Amy Sherald became the art world’s latest sensation as her portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama was unveiled […]


Iceland law to outlaw male circumcision sparks row over religious freedom

Jewish and Muslim leaders condemn first European country to propose ban Iceland is poised to become the first European country to outlaw male circumcision amid signs that the ritual common to both Judaism and Islam may be a new battleground over religious freedom. A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes a penalty of up […]


Four Israeli soldiers injured, two seriously, in border blast

Tanks retaliate against look-out post in Gaza, with no casualties, say Palestinian authorities Four IDF soldiers have been wounded, two seriously, in an explosion on Saturday along Israel’s border with Gaza, the Israeli military said. All four were evacuated for medical treatment. In response, the military said, one of its tanks struck an observation post […]


Italy used to be a tolerant country, but now racism is rising

The upcoming election has unleashed a tide of anti-migrant action, whose roots can be traced to the financial crisis and the country’s weakened leftwing Pape Diaw, originally from Senegal, arrived in Florence to study engineering in the late 1970s. Part of a group of 15 African students, he inspired curiosity among his Italian counterparts and […]


Ramaphosa set to purge cabinet of Zuma cronies in war on corruption

New president calls on South Africa to unite as police step up hunt for former leader’s son and missing Gupta brother Cyril Ramaphosa, the new president of South Africa, is expected to move within days to purge his cabinet of ministers tainted by allegations of corruption, and to intensify efforts to bring to trial high-profile […]


Senior Trump adviser says Russian election meddling ‘beyond dispute’

HR McMaster calls evidence incontrovertible in wake of latest US indictments against more than a dozen Russians Mueller charges 13 Russians with interfering in US election to help Trump Donald Trump’s national security adviser, HR McMaster, said on Saturday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election is “incontrovertible” and “beyond dispute” in the wake of […]


Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

Populations of all kinds of wildlife are declining at alarming speed. One radical solution is to make 50% of the planet a nature reserve The orangutan is one of our planet’s most distinctive and intelligent creatures. It has been observed using primitive tools, such as the branch of a tree, to hunt food, and is […]

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