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Syria air strikes: Were they legal?

The justifications put forward by the US, UK and France for the air strikes in Syria have focused on the need to maintain the international prohibition against the use of chemical weapons, to degrade President Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal and to deter further chemical attacks against civilians in Syria. Prime …

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Syria: What can Western military intervention achieve?

As the US and UK governments continue to discuss their potential response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma in Syria, what could military intervention achieve? The critical military virtue of surprise has long since disappeared for the United States and its allies in the strikes it is planning …

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What Winnie Madikizela-Mandela meant to me

As Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is laid to rest, South Africans share how the anti-apartheid campaigner changed their lives – some in very personal ways. Nolwazi Duma “Winnie Mandela meant a lot to me, she was an inspiration to the nation and the whole of Africa. She put a mark on how …

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Obituary: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela of South Africa

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela became a potent symbol of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle when she was banished and jailed for campaigning for the rights of black South Africans and her husband’s release. For decades she and her then-husband, the iconic Nelson Mandela, were the country’s most famous political couple – but Mr …

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Syria air strikes: Trump hails ‘perfect’ mission

US President Donald Trump has hailed an overnight military strike on Syria as “perfectly executed”, adding “Mission Accomplished”. The US, UK and France bombed three government sites, targeting what they said were chemical weapons facilities. The strikes were in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack on the town of …

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London Marathon: How to run in the heat

This year’s London Marathon is likely to be the hottest yet, so how do you run a marathon in the heat? On Sunday some 40,000 people are expected to take part in the race in temperatures that are forecast to reach up to 23C (73F), which would break the previous …

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Can we trust BMI to measure obesity?

You’ve been using our fat calculator in your droves, working out your BMI (body mass index) and comparing the result with people in your age group and your part of the UK. But a few people have been critical. They say using BMI to measure whether they are healthy, overweight …

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Ketamine has ‘fast-acting benefits’ for depression

Ketamine has “shown promise” in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says. Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms …

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