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Israel-Gaza conflict: fresh attacks after Biden calls for ‘significant de-escalation’

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Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza pursued further cross-border attacks early on Thursday after Joe Biden called publicly for progress towards a ceasefire and Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue military operations u...

‘Was it worth it?’: veterans of Afghan conflict reel at Taliban takeover

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As chaotic scenes unfolded more than 4,000 miles away in Kabul, veterans of the 20-year conflict and families who lost loved ones on the battlefield have been asking the stark question: “Was it worth it?” “There is a ...

Human rights groups call on Australia to drop pursuit of Israel trade deal over Palestine conflict

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Australian and Palestinian human rights groups have urged the federal government to stop pursuing a potential free trade agreement with Israel and condemn its actions in Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Australian governm...

Charities urge UK to welcome refugees fleeing Ukraine conflict

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Charities have urged the UK government to welcome refugees from the conflict in Ukraine on the same scale as the thousands of families from the Balkans resettled during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. In a letter to t...

Israel-Gaza conflict: world leaders hail ceasefire after 11 days of attacks

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World leaders have hailed a ceasefire that took hold in the early hours of Friday morning, and vowed to help rebuild Gaza after an Israeli bombing campaign that killed more than 230 people. The United Nations secretar...

‘I ran, my heart was broken’: inside Mozambique’s evolving Cabo Delgado conflict

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Pencils scratch as students in year eight feverishly work through an exam paper. At the back of the classroom, Clara Edna Chevambo, 37, a minute figure in hand-me-down clothes, finishes first and hands her paper to th...

‘Before they were our brothers. Now I want revenge’: Tigray conflict engulfs neighbouring state

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When the bombs started to fall on Afar, people scattered. In the chaos and panic families were ripped apart. A young father lost two of his children, killed by ricocheting rocks. A grandmother had to leave behind her ...

US campuses become a growing front in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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On 10 May, on a day in which Hamas launched rockets into Israel and Israel responded with strikes on Gaza as the Middle East descended into devastating violence, student leaders at the University of Michigan put out a...

The Tories’ big idea for staying in power? Endless conflict with the EU

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In his dying words, Shakespeare’s Henry IV tells his son, the future Henry V, that he must divert the attention of the barons before they threaten his rule. “Therefore, my Harry, be it thy course to busy giddy minds w...

The Observer view on the Israel-Palestine conflict

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The sudden rekindling of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the ensuing horrors, is a shameful reminder of the international community’s almost criminal neglect of the crisis. There have been no substantive peace talk...

The conflict between a just war and peace

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Andy Beckett (Pacifists are being elbowed out of British politics just when we need them most, 3 March) appears to think that we have the choice either to be pacifists or to have to “accept that the world is divided i...

How progressives have changed the tone on the Israel-Gaza conflict

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It just so happened that Joe Biden was due to visit Detroit, home to the biggest Arab American community in the country, at the height of the latest upsurge in Israeli-Palestinian violence. The sight of the presidenti...

‘So much trauma’: Mozambique conflict sparks mental health crisis

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The insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province is causing a mental health crisis, with a quarter of the region’s population now displaced. People are struggling with untreated trauma after witnessing extreme vio...

Tigray conflict: Ethiopia detains 16 UN workers and accuses them of ‘terror act’

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At least 16 United Nations local employees have been detained in Ethiopia’s capital, the UN said, and a government spokesperson asserted they were held for their “participation in terror” under a state of emergency as...

Who’s to blame for reigniting the Israel-Palestine conflict? Take your pick from Iranian plots to US weakness

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Is this Iran’s revenge? There are good reasons to suspect the sudden, extraordinarily violent reigniting of the dormant Israel-Palestine conflict was plotted and triggered in Tehran. Not so fast, say Benjamin Netanyah...

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