Since 2001, Patrick Cockburn has provided peerless reporting of the wars that have torn apart the Middle East and created the conditions in which Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have grown and flourished. In the first of a series of excerpts from his new book, he combines eyewitness accounts of the battles for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond with an explanation of what these conflicts have in common – and how they were reported or misreported at the time
South Korean officials estimate the test could come before its party congress in early May
From the financial and humanitarian cost of supporting millions of Syrian refugees to the interruption of trade links with China and Russia, political conflict is bad for the world's economy. Here's why
Deployment comes one day after US serviceman killed in an Isis rocket attack
There have been 2,624 nuclear explosions since the technology was developed
Talks among its leaders have raised expectations that a two-year civil war will soon be over – but famine and fear still rule in the world’s youngest country. James Cusick reports from Nyal
As a Canadian of Palestinian-Armenian origin, I was forced to question the ethics of a company I'd already dedicated 15 years of my life to
In the 2000s, the Pentagon spent $51.2 billion on 15 major programmes 'without any fielded systems to show for it'
The problem of terrorism won't go away. Western leaders should stop making unhelpful declarations of war and start coming up with practical and effective responses to the threat
He says British bombs will kill people opposed to Isis if air strikes are extended
On one particularly memorable night, I found myself lying in a ditch during a firefight, wishing for my mother
“I am afraid you are worrying Mother dear, but you really mustn't. You say you wish you could do something for me, but don't you see that you and Father have made me what I am. Memories are as powerful as words or acts, and we are not 'separate one from the other' because we can't see one another. What you have done, beyond measure or statement, you are still doing.”
The city’s easy-going pace and experimental cuisine make it a delectable choice, Mary Pembleton discovers
Make like a local and enjoy Liège’s diversity – from inspiring architecture to great nightlife. By Cathy Packe
The Harvard University professor says the country paid too high a price in terms of the lives lost and the vast debts that were run up during the conflict
Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.