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'The belief in the possibility of a short, decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.'

Silvio Berlusconi's new Instagram page is every teenage girl's dream profile

Food pictures, dog selfies and vanity shots all feature prominently in the former Italian Prime Minister's new visual social media account

Migrant crisis: EU ministers to establish naval force to destroy trafficker boats

Around 1,800 people have died attempting to reach mainland Europe this year

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is renowned for his wacky New Year’s resolutions

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unwittingly opens old wounds between India and Pakistan over Kashmir with Internet.Org post

He shared a infographic featuring a map of India without Kashmir

Dignitaries were invited up on stage at the Nato conference by the Turkish band
President Obama holding a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office

US-Gulf summit: Saudi King 'snubs' President Obama over his perceived inattention to the region

Last-minute failure to attend White House meeting bodes ill for the gathering, with tensions expected over the Iran nuclear deal and calls for a defence treaty

The Vatican has recognised Palestine as a state

Vatican recognises Palestine as state in treaty

The treaty is the first legal document between the two

Data showing the worldwide homicide rate

Murder map shows where in the world you are most likely to be a victim of homicide

Countries in Latin America top the list

The Pirate Party is now the biggest in Iceland according to Icelandic researchers MMR

Pirate Party surges in polls to become biggest political party in Iceland

Results come as the ruling Independence party slips into a close second place

Which country would be hardest to invade?

It's terrain vs firepower as some of Quora's users provide their answers

Barack Obama with Shinzo Abe at the White House, accompanied by Michelle Obama and Mr Abe’s wife, Akie

Shinzo Abe speech to Congress: Japan's PM faces diplomatic balancing act over his country's ties with the US, China and South Korea

Many in the Obama administration fear Mr Abe could damage US interests and worsen already frayed ties with Asian neighbours following Japanese attempts to whitewash its role in World War Two

President Obama at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala on April 25 2015 in Washington.

Russian hack of President Obama's emails worse than previously admitted

No classified networks are currently believed to have been compromised in an attack that took place March 2014.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the head of UN Women and former deputy president of South Africa

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence

Hollow victory: David Cameron in Benghazi in 2011 after Gaddafi’s downfall

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

World View: Tony Blair is still pilloried for the decisions he took over Iraq. David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging

The total weight of the world’s e-waste for 2014 is 41.8 million tons

Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report

Very little of the discarded electrical equipment, which includes gold and silver, is being recycled - and Britain is among the worst offenders

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
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How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
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The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
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The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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On your marks: 5 best running glasses

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'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada