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Thursday 21st May 2015

Iraq: Why the battle for Anbar could be decisive

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On Sunday 17 May, after a four-day offensive, the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State.
Date:
Thursday 21st May 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 14th May 2015

Ebola crisis: How a small backpack of equipment is helping combat the deadly virus

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The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,000 victims, with 26,500 reported cases. It is by far the largest and most lethal Ebola outbreak ever seen.
Date:
Thursday 14th May 2015
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Thursday 7th May 2015

Syria: will Assad lose a war of attrition?

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Only months after declaring that President Assad is on the verge of winning Syria's four-year conflict, mainstream media are announcing that he is on the verge of losing it.
Date:
Thursday 7th May 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 23rd April 2015

Migrants in peril on the sea: illegal immigration, past and present

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On 15 April, reports that a migrant ship carrying an estimated 550 refugees had capsized off the coast of Libya, resulting in the deaths of 400 people, dominated news headlines. Three days later, another vessel foundered south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, with a staggering death toll of 800 people, including children. With only 28 survivors rescued, officials predict that the event will go down as the deadliest migration disaster in the Mediterranean to date.
Date:
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Categories:
Arts and Law
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