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September 2, 2014 3 Comments

Should Ashya parents have carte blanche to decide?

Summer came late to the Costa del Sol his year they say- but now the humid heat is searing.

Nobody moves inside the white stucco walls and pantiles which is the new-as-old style of the Casares del Mar holiday apartment complex. (more…)

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September 1, 2014 1 Comment

Will the ‘Afghan spring’ disintegrate into a cold winter?

Afghanistan’s leading presidential candidates have disputed the election results since the first round of voting in April. The potential for political implosion is very real now.

August 28, 2014 1 Comment

Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war?

The chimneys of Mariupol – where one the the biggest integrated steelworks in the world dominates the city skyline outside for miles – the new strategic significance in Ukraine.

August 8, 2014 4 Comments

‘Out on the mountain right now, it is genocide’

From everyone here, tales of how the IS come into your town or village and offer you the chance to convert to Islam, get out of town and your home – or be killed by bullet or beheading.

August 7, 2014 3 Comments

Fear is key in the Islamic State’s purge of Iraq

Thousands of Iraqis, predominantly from the minority Yazidi ethnic and Christian groups, have fled to mountainous regions to escape an advance by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.

July 17, 2014 11 Comments

Hot weather warning: more like a load of hot air

Summer happens. Get over it. Surely we don’t need safety advice for normal weather events?

July 15, 2014 2 Comments

Don’t bet the farm on peace in Afghanistan

This is precisely the kind of act guaranteed to wipe the gloss of the weekend euphoria as US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Kabul to broker a deal between arch-rivals.

July 11, 2014 1 Comment

In Afghanistan, the insurgents are resurgent

A 24 per cent spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2014 suggests the Taliban and other insurgent groups are on the march again.

July 10, 2014 32 Comments

Rangers, tax and ‘no surrender’?

You can’t really complain about a shadow over Rangers and the effect on the club’s value when the club itself has broken the rules.

July 8, 2014 1 Comment

Does civil war loom after Afghanistan elections?

We were supposed to leave Afghanistan with some kind of credible military forces to stop all this from happening. That does not look very credible.

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