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    The West must address the chaos it has sown in the Middle East

    Bombing the jihadists of Islamic State will only create similar groups. What is needed is a non-military approach to the many problems of the region

    714Sami Abdel-Shafi
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    Expert view: What happens next after the Iran nuclear agreement?

    There will be shocks but Iran has more incentives to honour the agreement than to subvert it.

    714Sir Richard Dalton
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    Yemen: Aden is being torn apart

    Amid fractured alliances, the era of a united Yemen is coming to an end

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    Iona Craig won the 2014 Martha Gellhorn Prize for her ‘courageous, insightful and humane reporting’ from Yemen, and the Frontline Club print award in the same year for coverage of an American drone strike that hit a wedding convoy

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    UK tops soft power table despite China’s cultural blitz

    Competition to be the global No 1 in soft power is increasing as China embarks on a global diplomatic  offensive – but it is Britain that is still winning.

    Soft power – the ability of countries to get their way through influence, not military force – is no longer an aspect of international relations that is left to accidents of language, history or the reach of pop music.

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    Yemen: Why is Riyadh flexing its muscles?

    Saudi Arabia’s air strikes on Yemen are causing concern among its allies

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    Peter Salisbury is an independent journalist and analyst

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    5 things: John Kerry

    1. John Kerry grew up with the privileges of the wealthy upper class – boarding schools in Switzerland and New England, learning fluent French and college at Yale. In fact his father was a State Department employee, his education was paid for a by great aunt, and he grew up feeling rootless. In the words of The Boston Globe, he was a gentleman without substance.Both his wives have been wealthy heiresses. 
    2. With the middle name Forbes, Kerry shares initials with John F Kennedy. While dating Jackie Kennedy’s half-sister, Kerry went sailing with the president in 1962.
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    Postcard from… Piccadilly

    Lilliput for Syria’s refugees: An artist is pricking consciences in the West End

    714Alan Philps
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    India: Tharoor praised for saying Britain must pay

    At a time of sharp polarization in Indian politics, the diplomat and politician Shashi Tharoor has come close to uniting the country with a call for Britain to pay reparations for two centuries of colonial rule. 

    ‘Britain’s rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India,’ Tharoor said during a debate at the Oxford Union in support of the motion, ‘This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies’. 

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    NATO needs feet on the ground to curb Russian ambitions in the Baltic States

    After Ukraine, there is a pessimistic view of the alliance’s capacity to protect Latvia and its neighbours from the Kremlin's probing

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    Geoffrey Pridham is Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Politics at Bristol University. He lives for part of the year in Latvia

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    Jargonbuster: An unwanted legacy

    One of the strangest legacies of the 2012 Olympics was the turning of the word ‘legacy’ into an adjective. Part of the pitch for London to host the Games was that it would leave a legacy of urban regeneration in east London and something called the Legacy Corporation was set up to deliver it. 

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