article 24 July 2014 World, Philippines
Left to right: soldier in Iraq, doctor in Guinea, father in Syria, children in Philippines, security forces in Libya
Tragedy and violence - not just MH17 and Gaza

As the world watches violence in Gaza and the MH17 tragedy over the past fortnight, violence and tragedy has continued in other parts of the world - even if the media spotlight has not been there.

article 24 July 2014 World, Iraq
Isis fighter in Mosul (picture: Reuters)
Has Islamic State ordered FGM for all women and girls?

Islamic State, which controls of a third of Iraq, orders all girls and women in and around Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the UN says - but there are claims the edict is a hoax.

article 13 July 2014 World, Iraq
Iraq gunmen kill 29 women, because building was a brothel?

"Punishment for practising prostitution" says graffiti, as 33 people including 29 women are killed in an attack on a suspected brothel in Zayounah, a mixed Sunni-Shia neighbourhood of Baghdad.

video 11 July 2014 World, Iraq

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Kurds: Iraq now 'risks falling apart' - video

Kurdish ministers boycott the Iraq government after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accuses them of harbouring Islamic insurgents in Iraqi Kurdistan. So is peace in Iraq now impossible?

article 05 July 2014 World, Iraq
Video purporting to show Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Is this Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

Iraq's interior ministry says a video, purporting to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in his first public appearance, is a "farce".

article 04 July 2014 UK, Iraq
Imams' plea to British Muslims: don't go to Syria or Iraq

Religious leaders call on British Muslims not to go to Syria or Iraq for jihad, amid rising fears of radicalisation in the conflicts which could spread across the globe.

article 03 July 2014 Iraq
Sheik Mamoun bin Abd al-Hamid Hatem
Senior al-Qaeda leader calls for followers to support Isis

The leader of an al-Qaeda faction in Yemen has urged Muslims to back rival Islamist faction Isis - evidence of a deep split in the ranks of the extremists.

video 02 July 2014 World, Iraq

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Should the US be supporting moderate Syrian rebels? - video

US Ambassador Robert Ford says people who say it's impossible to tell the between good and bad rebels in Syria are being "intellectually lazy." "We should be supporting moderate groups," he says.

post 02 July 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog The Blair-Sisi Project

Tony Blair's people insist he will earn no money from his advising of "President" Sisi of Egypt, who seized power in the recent coup and sealed it in a phony election.

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