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World Bank and IMF, put your money where your mouth is on Somalia

World Bank and IMF, put your money where your mouth is on Somalia

The institutions should match fine words about eradicating poverty with action to help one of the world’s most fragile statesIt is fair to say that Somalia was not top of the agenda at this year’s
Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies

Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to driveSaudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first
Beersheba centenary: let's remember that story is not the same as history | Paul Daley

Beersheba centenary: let's remember that story is not the same as history | Paul Daley

After being a footnote in military history for decades, the charge of Beersheba has its big moment thanks to the politics of remembrance I’d never heard of the charge of the Australian Light Horse at
New $400m army to fight human traffickers and terrorists faces UN moment of truth

New $400m army to fight human traffickers and terrorists faces UN moment of truth

Plan for 5-nation force in the Sahel strongly backed by France and Italy but funding resisted by Trump administration Unprecedented plans to combat human trafficking and terrorism across the Sahel and
Libyan path to Europe turns into dead end for desperate migrants

Libyan path to Europe turns into dead end for desperate migrants

Violence and sexual assault is rife at detention centres across northern Libya, where many African migrants who dreamed of better lives are resigned to returning homeIn the humanitarian horror that
How Europe exported its refugee crisis to north Africa

How Europe exported its refugee crisis to north Africa

Fewer people are crossing the Mediterranean, but a nightmarish bottleneck has been created insteadSomething happened to the deadly migrant trail into Europe in 2017. It dried up. Not completely, but
Britain can deal with its Isis returnees. But not by killing them | Richard Barrett

Britain can deal with its Isis returnees. But not by killing them | Richard Barrett

The values of justice and tolerance are our greatest source of resilience. If we abandon them, we are more vulnerable, not lessRichard Barrett is former director of global counter-terrorism at MI6The
Recognise Palestine to mark Balfour centenary, says Emily Thornberry

Recognise Palestine to mark Balfour centenary, says Emily Thornberry

Shadow foreign secretary urges formal UK recognition 100 years after declaration that paved way for creation of IsraelThe shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, is calling on the UK to mark the
Syrian children flee after kindergarten is bombed in besieged Ghouta

Syrian children flee after kindergarten is bombed in besieged Ghouta

Authenticated video footage shows panicked scenes in region near Damascus under siege for years by Assad forcesDozens of Syrian children were forced to flee a kindergarten on Sunday after it was
Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza, killing seven Palestinians

Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza, killing seven Palestinians

Islamic Jihad puts fighters on alert after one of its commanders was killed in tunnel Israel called a ‘violation of sovereignty’Seven Palestinians, including an Islamic Jihad commander and two members
A peace to safeguard the rights of Palestinians | Letters

A peace to safeguard the rights of Palestinians | Letters

Britain should now recognise the state of Palestine alongside Israel, on 1967 lines, says a cross-party group of parliamentarians. Plus a letter from Julian Lush on Saudi ArabiaTheresa May will dine
Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Australian PM and Benjamin Netanyahu disagree on Iran nuclear agreement but emphasise their shared threat from ‘militant Islamist terrorism’The relationship between Australia and Israel has never been
$2bn EU-Africa 'anti-migration' fund too opaque, say critics

$2bn EU-Africa 'anti-migration' fund too opaque, say critics

Trust fund intended to prevent migration by tackling insecurity and poverty suffers from lack of clarity, say observers The European Union has been urged to shed more light on how it is spending
Adrift in Algiers: African migrants marooned in a new transit bottleneck

Adrift in Algiers: African migrants marooned in a new transit bottleneck

With Libya’s civil war closing off usual routes to Europe, desperate sub-Saharan migrants are turning to neighbouring Algeria, where there is little supportResidents say the house feels like a prison.
Morocco's gag on dissent in Rif region fuels exodus to Europe

Morocco's gag on dissent in Rif region fuels exodus to Europe

Crackdown on Hirak movement protests has contributed to threefold increase in attempts to cross western MediterraneanIn Hoceima’s Mohammed VI Square – the scene of year-long unrest in this clifftop
Britain must atone for the Balfour declaration – and 100 years of suffering | Mahmoud Abbas

Britain must atone for the Balfour declaration – and 100 years of suffering | Mahmoud Abbas

A century ago, Arthur Balfour signed away Palestinians’ homeland and initiated decades of persecution. It is cause for humility, not celebration • Mahmoud Abbas is the Palestinian presidentMany
The Balfour Declaration review: conflict and coexistence in Israel’s promised land

The Balfour Declaration review: conflict and coexistence in Israel’s promised land

Jane Corbin’s primer on Palestinian-Israeli history highlights how bad Britain has been at solving problems it helped createIn the garden of his home in the Orthodox Jewish Israeli West Bank
Palestinians crash Banksy 'street party' satirising Balfour celebrations

Palestinians crash Banksy 'street party' satirising Balfour celebrations

Palestinian flag raised at event in Bethlehem held in week of centenary of declaration promising UK assistance in creation of Jewish homelandProtesters have crashed a tongue-in-cheek “street party”
Hamas hands control of Gaza crossings to Palestinian Authority

Hamas hands control of Gaza crossings to Palestinian Authority

Transfer of responsibility for key Gaza crossings part of reconciliation deal struck by rival Palestinian factionsThe Palestinian militant group Hamas has formally relinquished security control of key
The Balfour declaration isn’t history, it’s an everyday reality for Palestinian Arabs | Yasmeen el Khoudary

The Balfour declaration isn’t history, it’s an everyday reality for Palestinian Arabs | Yasmeen el Khoudary

In Palestine, Arabs are still silenced and sidelined by a declaration that is being commemorated as if it were a relic of empireA few weeks ago, I was returning to London from a trip abroad.