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It is one of the ironies of violence and strife that huge numbers of dead and dying don’t count. The world takes it in its stride and the casualties become meaningless as we have just seen in Gaza.

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Is Japan’s nuclear plan safe?

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Is it right to quit Parliament?

“Imran Khan’s party quits Parliament.” (Aug. 23) This is ostensibly to put pressure on the government to dissolve Parliament and order fresh elections in the country.

How long will it go, Mr. Modi?

Only fair politics can lead India to stability, Aijaz Zaka Syed very rightly writes in his column, “Modi’s mission begins at home.” (Aug. 22)

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If President Barack Obama’s comments on race in the anguished aftermath of the not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial gleamed in light, his words on the rage that has thumped Ferguson, Missour

Israel fired rockets to justify airstrikes

Friday 22 August 2014
The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A cease-fire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.
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