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What David Cameron can learn from Abraham Lincoln
By Nicholas Wapshott - 14 February 6:26

Wearing the Union blue.

Will TV debates bring Kenya peace?
By Tim Wigmore - 13 February 16:10

Election debates in Kenya may help prevent the horrors of the last election.

State of the Union: Obama seizes his second term by the horns
By Nicky Woolf - 13 February 15:51

Gun control was a clear priority in the President's speech.

Can the Republicans gerrymander their way into the White House?
By Tim Wigmore - 12 February 12:50

Republicans should stop focus on winning more support, not changing the electoral rules.

Afghanistan's female cricket dreams
By Tim Wigmore - 12 February 10:57

Despite objections from Afghan society, a women's cricket team is emerging.

Cocaine – the South Africa connection
By Martin Plaut - 12 February 10:37

South Africa has become a major transit-point for the drugs trade, some of which is destined for Britain.

A before and after montage of the photos released by the Greek police of one of
A disastrous and unconvincing case of brutality and mismanagement by the Greek police
By Yiannis Baboulias - 09 February 13:56

Conflicting stories and doctored photographs reveal clumsy attempts by the Greek police to conceal the degree of force used during and after the arrest of four anarchists.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the victory sign
Ahmadinejad in Cairo
By Lucy Provan - 07 February 21:21

Morsi opposes Assad regime, while lining his pockets.

For Egypt's women, silence on sexual harassment is unacceptable
By Lucy Provan - 07 February 20:24

Hundreds of women marched to Tahrir Square, brandishing knives and rolling pins, to make their anger heard.

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Islamists tasked with drugs crackdown in Tripoli
By Lucy Provan and Rhiannon Smith - 07 February 14:13

What now for the rule of law in Libya?

The intervention trap
By Olivier Roy - 07 February 6:40

The joint French and British military action in Mali misunderstands the nature of terrorism in the Sahel and the ambitions of al-Qaeda.

Israel's centre cannot hold
By Rachel Shabi - 07 February 5:50

Yair Lapid could end up as camouflage for Netanyahu’s intransigence.

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Hebrew teaching to be expanded in the Gaza Strip
By Lucy Provan - 05 February 14:40

Hamas say Gazans should "better know their enemy".

Members of the Greek ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party wave Greek flags
Selective zero-tolerance: is Greece really a democracy anymore?
By Yiannis Baboulias - 05 February 9:04

The abuse suffered by four young anarchists, arrested for a bank robbery, at the hands of the police proves it’s time to call Greece’s coalition government what it is – a far-right authoritarian group.

Europe wobbles…
By Alex Hern - 05 February 9:03

Italy, Spain and Cyprus all strike fear into the hearts of economists.

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Everything you wanted to know about One Billion Rising
By Lucy Provan - 04 February 16:43

Join this global movement on 14 February to end violence against women and girls.

Somali journalists protesting the arrest and trial of their collegaue
Alleged gang rape and suppression of press freedom in Somalia
By Zoe Flood - 01 February 9:42

As Somalia’s President visits London to meet with David Cameron, a woman who alleges she was raped by state security forces goes on trial for “insulting the dignity of a national institution”, alongside her husband and a journalist who interviewed her.

Men in Black: the black bloc causes trouble in Egypt
By Lucy Provan - 31 January 9:43

Masked men seed fear and confusion.

Leader: Nihilism in Timbuktu
By New Statesman - 31 January 9:20

On 28 January, French and Malian troops liberated Timbuktu, bringing to an end a nine-month occupation of the Malian city by the Tuareg secessionist National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and Ansar Dine, an Islamist group with ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the most acti

Gabrielle Giffords with her husband Mark Kelly at the hearing.
Gabrielle Giffords on gun violence: "Too many children are dying... We must do something."
By Caroline Crampton - 31 January 8:30

The former Democratic Congresswoman, who was severely injured after being shot in the head at a political rally in 2011, delivered a moving speech at the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence.

David Cameron inspects troops with Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Modern times are upside down – an invasion is not news; licence to lie takes you to the movies
By John Pilger - 31 January 8:09

It is as if Africa’s proud history of liberation has been consigned to oblivion by a new master’s black colonial elite.

Leader: The mixed legacy of Chávez
By new-statesman - 31 January 7:02

Perhaps no global leader inspires greater adulation and loathing than Hugo Chávez. To some, he is the last, best hope for socialism in an age of global capital; to others, he is an elected autocrat and demagogue.

Leader: Obama prepares to fight dirty
By new-statesman - 31 January 7:01

In November last year, President Obama said, after a screening of Steven Spielberg’s biopic of Abraham Lincoln: “Part of what Lincoln teaches us is that to pursue the highest ideals and a deeply moral cause requires you also engage and get your hands dirty.”

Leader: Cameron should not seek to be the heir to Blair in North Africa
By new-statesman - 31 January 5:03

Shortly after his election as Conservative leader, David Cameron is said to have described himself as “the heir to Blair”. Rarely has this sobriquet seemed more appropriate than in the days following the Algerian hostage crisis and its bloody conclusion.

We don’t make our country stronger by forcing refugees into desperation
By Natasha Walter - 30 January 17:54

When women come to our shores for help, we owe them a chance to rebuild their lives, writes Natasha Walter.

Europe: democracy, or barbarism?
By Benjamin Abtan - 30 January 14:36

An open letter to Angela Merkel.

Malian soldiers arrest a man suspected of being an Islamist in Timbuktu.
Mali: now for the hard part
By Martin Plaut - 30 January 9:28

As David Cameron visits Algeria, it seems that Downing Street is only now realising just how long-term a project defeating the Islamist rebels in North Africa will be.

Hugo Chavez salutes during a military parade
Hugo Chávez: An elected autocrat
By Rory Carroll - 30 January 8:04

He kept power by bullying those who dissented – and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum.

Hugo Chávez: Man against the world
By Richard Gott - 30 January 7:48

As illness ends Hugo Chávez’s rule in Venezuela, what will his legacy be? Richard Gott argues he brought hope to a continent.

A girl holds a placard during protests following the bombing in Quetta
The secret war in Balochistan
By Samira Shackle - 29 January 12:02

The Pakistani province is beset with violence.