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Abbas Araghchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister

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When water becomes a weapon of war

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Eve Ensler: 'In The Body Of The World'

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THE INTERVIEW

Ed Husain, Author of 'The Islamist'

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DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put to the test

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Pakistan Protests: Democracy put to the test (part 2)

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REPORTERS

Pakistan: Imran Khan, from the cricket field to politics

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MEDIAWATCH

Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

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EBOLA

Trust and 'bio-disaster units' needed to fight Ebola

The medical charity MSF is calling on countries with capabilities to counter nuclear or biological attacks to come to the rescue of West Africa, where failure to win the confidence of local communities has hampered efforts to halt the epidemic.

FOOTBALL

French clubs left behind as others spend big

When Manchester United secured the loan of Radamel Falcao from Monaco late on Monday night, with an option to buy at the end of the season, it brought the Premier League side’s summer spending up to 190 million euros – the biggest in Europe.

NIGERIA

Boko Haram Islamists seize northeast Nigerian town

Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.

ARAB WORLD - MEDIA

Arab media strike back at IS Islamists – with cartoons

TV networks in the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and satires that ridicule the extremist beliefs of the Islamic State militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria, with one TV producer saying humour is a "way to reject extremism".

NATO - RUSSIA

NATO plans new 'spearhead' force to counter Russia

In response to Russian actions in Ukraine, NATO will agree at a summit this week to create a rapid-reaction force of several thousand troops, alliance officials said Monday, prompting Russia to say it would adjust its own military strategy.

SOMALIA

US military targets Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group

The US military began strikes on Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants on Monday, the Pentagon said. The Islamist group has staged recent attacks on Somalia's parliament and presidential compound as well as in neighbouring Kenya.

USA

Obama calls for higher wages amid 'revving' US economy

US President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the US minimum wage on Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

NORTH KOREA - USA

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

IRAQ

UN backs Iraqi request for inquiry into IS militant crimes

The UN’s top human rights body on Monday approved the Iraqi government’s request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq.

FRANCE - RACISM

French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

A picture of a group of pre-school children posted on the French education ministry’s Facebook page was inundated over the weekend with racist comments because most of the children in the photo were black.