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article 22 August 2014 UK, Iraq
Must Syria's Assad be part of the west's fight against IS?
America's most senior general Martin Dempsey says the military offensive against Islamic State should be broadened, with attacks on the militants in Syria as well as Iraq (Getty)

With America's most senior general calling for the military offensive against Islamic State to be broadened, some are asking if our enemy's enemy - Syria's President Assad - should now be our friend.

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Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei US foreign policy is like 'smoking without inhaling'

To America, the Middle East is like a balloon. If you squeeze it in one corner it will bulge in another. You just can't be sure where.

article 22 August 2014 World, Ukraine
Kiev accuses Russia of 'invasion' as convoy crosses border
Russian convoy approaches Ukraine border (Reuters)

A column of Russian trucks crosses the border into eastern Ukraine without permission in what Kiev called a "direct invasion" of its territory.

article 22 August 2014 UK
Detainees paid pin money to paint, clean and serve food
Detainees at immigration detention centres across the UK are working for as little as £1 an hour, carrying out work that could potentially save private contractors millions of pounds each year.
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Detainees at immigration detention centres across the UK are working for as little as £1 an hour, carrying out work that could potentially save private contractors millions of pounds each year.

article 22 August 2014 UK
LMA apologises for Mackay's 'friendly banter' apology
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Ex-Cardiff manager Malky Mackay's statement that offensive text messages were "banter" was widely condemned: now the League Managers Association (LMA) has apologised for its apology.

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post 22 August 2014
Read more on Michael's blog La Trashiata: satirising celebrity culture the Alison Jackson way

When I was back stage and complimented "David Beckham" on his realistic nasal tones, the actor, to my embarrassment, admitted it was his real voice.

post 22 August 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Why sorry can be the hardest word for doctors

There are many doctors who would gladly have apologised when a mistake has been made but who will have been told by their management or their lawyers that they should do no such thing.

post 22 August 2014
Read more from Tom Clarke on his blog Concerns over risks and benefits of stroke drug

A Lancet article says there are problems with clinical trial data for alteplase, a frontline medicine given to up to 20 per cent of those suffering strokes in England every year.

article 22 August 2014 World, Iraq
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Little Belgium is Europe's largest exporter of jihadis

Despite Belgium's small size, per capita it is sending the most jihadis from Europe to Syria. Its experience may teach the UK about the recruitment and 'rescue' of jihadis.

article 22 August 2014 World, United States
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Inequality and lies on the frontline in Ferguson

Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein has been in Ferguson, Missouri, since last week, as protests seethe and simmer over the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

article 22 August 2014 World, Syria
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Syria deaths at 191,000: 'It's not a number, it's people'

The number of people to die in Syria has risen to over 191,000 in three years, but the conflict has "dropped off the international radar", says the United Nations commissioner.

article 22 August 2014 World, Sierra Leone
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Tests show Irish man did not die of Ebola virus

The Irish man who died after returning from Sierra Leone did not have Ebola, say authorities. But his family say they were not informed about a potential link, and learned about it from the media.

post 22 August 2014
Read more on Liam's blog Why is the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season so quiet?

As the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches in the coming weeks, the notable lack of storm activity in the Atlantic ocean continues.

post 22 August 2014
Read more on Cathy Newman's blog Sarah Waters: how grim reality of war changed women's lives

If the lives of UK women, and especially lesbian women, are very different now, there's a very contemporary relevance to Waters' reflections on the futility of war and the terrible toll it exacted.

video 22 August 2014 World, Iraq

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IS has an 'apocalyptic, end of days vision' - video

General Martin Dempsey and US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel say IS militants pose the greatest threat to the US: tackling the group in Syria as well as Iraq is the only way to defeat them.

post 22 August 2014
Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Why US foreign policy is like 'smoking without inhaling'

To America, the Middle East is like a balloon. If you squeeze it in one corner it will bulge in another. You just can't be sure where.

article 22 August 2014 World
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UN failed to save 'hundreds of thousands of lives'

In her final speech to the UN Security Council, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says a focus on short-term interests stopped the group from preventing large scale human suffering.

post 21 August 2014
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog How many western hostages are still out there?

So far Islamic State has seized territory in Iraq and Syria that is about the size of Belgium, but their plans to expand the caliphate don¿t appear to end there.

post 21 August 2014
Read more from Tom Clarke on his blog Can eating fatty meat and whole milk help you lose weight?

Cheese, butter, clotted cream and a brick sized rib-eye steak. Delicious... but it's also all good for you - and can even help you lose weight. Complete fantasy? Not according to a new book.

post 21 August 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog The hunt for the 'British' jihadi who killed James Foley

A manhunt is under way for the jihadi, believed to be British, who appeared in video footage showing the murder of US journalist James Foley.

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"Isis will only truly be defeated when it is rejected by the 20 million disenfranchised Sunnis, that happen to reside between Damascus and Baghdad"

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey says that tackling the Islamic State (IS) base in Syria is the only way to defeat it.

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Need a plan for tonight after getting your GCSEs? Here’s one: chuck some fluorescent paint around in a white room. That’s what’s happening at the results day Art Party hosted by Bob and Roberta Smith, aka artist Patrick Brill. Psst, he’s the guy who did a giant piece of work called Letter to Michael Gove…

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How this year’s GCSE results compare with last year’s - read more here: bit.ly/1tjZnjR