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Kurds call for help to fight ISIL in Syria

Turkish Kurds issue call to arms after Islamic State group fighters besiege Kurdish Syrian city in major assault.

Water Wars

Forget the Islamic State. The new conflicts of the future could be sparked by climate change.

The Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

I write this with a serious understanding and thus acceptance that Filipinos don't grasp the power of these two words: Never. Again. I have also learned to accept that many Filipinos confuse (Catholic) Forgiveness with these wrought sisters, Denial and Powerlessness. Show More Summary

If You Want Peace, You Have to Plan for It

How the world is training the next generation of peacemakers.

Hammered by the West, Putin Turns East

Russia and China are close to another mammoth natural gas deal that could reshape the world's energy map.

UNLaunches ‘Unprecedented’ Mission to Combat Ebola

"We need a 20-fold increase in assistance," says UN security general

Deadly attack in Guinea on Ebola team

Eight bodies, including of three journalists, found in remote village following attack on team trying to educate locals.

About Homeland, Lanterns, Parades and Independence in Costa Rica

On her blog Anchas Alamedas, Solentiname remembers how she used to spend Costa Rica independence day, September 15, when she was a schoogirl, and the parades with lanterns and flags: Teníamos estandarte y era un honor reservado para los mejores estudiantes de todo el colegio y solo tres: el que...

Nigeria abuse: will torture go unpunished?

Amnesty International accuses security forces of carrying out 'shocking' torture and abuse in a climate of impunity.

The U.S. Doesn’t Declare War Anymore

Our leaders are increasingly cautious about using the 'w' word

Syria kept “significant” chemical munitions, Israel claims

Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Summarising Israeli...Show More Summary

Vote Counting Begins in Scotland on Independence

(EDINBURGH, Scotland) — The polls have closed and vote counting is underway in Scotland’s historic referendum on whether to end the country’s 307-year-old union with England. Polling places reported a heavy turnout Thursday. More than 4.2 million people were registered to vote — 97 percent of those eligible. As soon as the polls closed, vote…

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is 'Not Islamic'

"We are fighting an ideology, not a regime." - U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry "Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not 'Islamic.' No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. Show More Summary

Right to Be Forgotten: A Win for Argentina's Lawsuit-Happy Celebrities?

What kind of information is in the public interest? Is it possible (or desirable) to define this? Free expression attorney Ramiro Alvarez examines this question in the context of Argentina.

Why the World Must March for the Climate

One of the more remarkable days in my political career came in the fall of 2009. The climate change activists at were putting together their first big global day of action, and they asked us in the Maldives for help. I was the...Show More Summary

Kurdish villages seized as ISIS advances through north Syria

Fighters with Islamic State (IS) are rapidly advancing across northern Syria after they seized at least a dozen Kurdish villages in the north of the country. Kurdish military officials said fighters with the Sunni Muslim jihadist group,...Show More Summary


There have been gains against ISIS. But ISIS has some gains of its own to proclaim. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 21 villages around Syria’s third largest Kurdish city, Kobane, have been captured. It’s in an area that is autonomously controlled by the Kurds. The concern is that ISIS is positioning itself […]

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