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article 16 September 2014 UK, Iraq
US air strike targets Islamic State in Iraq

The US carries out its first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants under a new strategy to defeat the group in Iraq.

video 29 August 2014 World

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UN's Navi Pillay: they called me a lunatic - video

Outgoing United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay tells Jon Snow she was called a lunatic and a monster as she tried to ensure the UN did all it could to save lives around the world.

article 29 August 2014 World, Syria
Three million Syria refugees flee conflict - UN

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war rises above 3 million, the United Nations refugee agency says.

article 27 August 2014 World, Syria
Syrian children
by The 'immeasurable suffering' of the Syrian people

Murder, torture and rape - a UN report catalogues the "unimaginable" horrors being heaped upon the people of Syria by the government, rebel groups and the Islamic State.

article 22 August 2014 World
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.

article 16 August 2014 World, Iraq
Yazidis 'massacred' by IS in Iraq

Islamic militants in Iraq reportedly massacre 80 members of the Yazidi minority, although reports emerge of a far larger number being killed.

article 03 August 2014 World, Israel
Gaza: 'This madness must stop'

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says "this madness must stop" and describes the strike outside a UN school in Rafah, Gaza as a "moral outrage and a criminal act" as he calls for an end to fighting.

article 24 June 2014 World, Ukraine
Have pro-Russian rebels violated Ukraine ceasefire?

Pro-Russian separatists fire on Ukrainian military checkpoints in the east, despite a ceasefire declared by the rebels, Ukrainian government forces claim.

post 24 June 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Ukraine: what happens next in a world without framework?

The question is no longer what Tony Blair did, or what President Obama should do, but what are we all going to do?