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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

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Witches: A history of misogyny

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Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

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