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Global conflicts ‘cost $14.3tn’, 13% of world GDP

Global conflicts ‘cost $14.3tn’, 13% of world GDP

Conflicts around the world cost $14.3tn (£9.1tn) last year, 13% of world GDP, says a survey on global peace. That amount is equivalent to the combined economies of Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, the report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) said. The divide between the most peaceful and […]

The Military Strategy Behind Islamic State Conquests

The Military Strategy Behind Islamic State Conquests

A year on from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration of a caliphate, Islamic State (IS) remains a powerful battlefield force, despite thousands of air strikes launched against it by the United States and its allies. The stated aim of the aerial campaign was, in the words of US President Barack Obama, to “degrade and ultimately destroy” […]

Darfur Situation Worsening: United Nations

Darfur Situation Worsening: United Nations

The UN has warned that violent attacks on international peacekeepers and civilians in Sudan’s conflict-torn Darfur region have been increasing while tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee the fighting. UN peacekeeping deputy chief Edmond Mulet told the 15-member Security Council on Wednesday that there has been negligible progress in peace efforts […]

Burundians fear a return to war at third-term run

Burundians fear a return to war at third-term run

Any move by Burundi’s president to run for a third five-year term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the African nation calm since civil war ended a decade ago and could stoke tensions in a region blighted by ethnic conflict. GASHORA, Rwanda — Like many of those taking refuge at the Bugesera Transit […]

US forces unleash devastating firepower on ISIS terrorists

US forces unleash devastating firepower on ISIS terrorists

ISIS positions in and around Kobane felt the full force of American airpower last night, as sustained bombing raids resulted in a series of spectacular explosions in the besieged Syrian town. The radical Islamic group has been dramatically pushed back from the town, having as recently as last week looked like it was about to […]

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