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Seemingly disparate Middle East conflicts show collective erosion of self-restraint

As pockets of war multiply across region so does the risk that conflict becomes more contagious and intractableOn Thursday morning the Iranian news website Entekhab ran, without irony, the headline: “Taliban call on Pakistan and Iran to show restraint …

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Why Britain’s politicians shouldn’t rush to take sides in war | Letters

Readers respond to a piece by Aditya Chakrabortty about protesters calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas warAditya Chakrabortty describes the attitude of the British media and political class towards the “worsening conflagration in Gaza” as “agai…

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Six women rescued from back of lorry in France after texts to reporter

Women aiming to reach UK or Ireland realised lorry was heading in wrong direction and contacted BBC journalistSix women have been rescued from the back of a refrigerated lorry in France after a panicked text message to a BBC reporter set off a frantic …

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After John Howard took Australia to war in Iraq, he was scarcely held to account. Instead, he was re-elected | Paul Daley

On the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Paul Daley maps out the events leading up to Australia’s involvement and the consequent falloutFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free ap…

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Migrant caravan and Qatar’s tarnished World Cup: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Pakistan to Poland Continue reading…

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‘Maestro of humanity’: Italian surgeon Gino Strada dies at 73

Tributes paid to doctor whose NGO set up world-class hospitals in war zones such as Iraq, Yemen and SudanTributes have been paid to Gino Strada, the Italian surgeon and “maestro of humanity” known for setting up world-class hospitals for the victims of…

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