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Dilbar Ali Ravu, 10, is kissed by his aunt, Dalal Ravu, as Yazidi children are reunited with their families in Iraq after five years of captivity with the Islamic State group, March 2, 2019. AP Photo/Philip Issa, File

5 years after Islamic State massacre, an Iraqi minority is transformed by trauma

Interviews with the Yazidi survivors of IS attacks that killed 3,100 people in 2014 reveal the emotional, cultural and spiritual scars of religious persecution.
Les forces démocratiques syriennes dirigées par les Kurdes sur le champ pétrolier d'al-Omar à Deir Al Zor, en Syrie, lors de l'annonce qu'elles avaient mis fin au contrôle de l'État islamique sur les terres de l'est du pays, 23 mars 2019. Rodi Said/Reuters

Parmi les Kurdes visés par l’offensive turque : les milliers de femmes qui ont affronté Daech

L’offensive turque contre le Kurdistan met notamment en danger des milliers de femmes qui ont héroïquement combattu Daech.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces at al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria, at the announcement that they had ended the Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria, March 23, 2019. Reuters/Rodi Said

Kurds targeted in Turkish attack include thousands of female fighters who battled Islamic State

Kurdish women have fought on the front lines of military battles since the 19th century. A scholar explains the origins of Kurdistan's relative gender equality in a mostly conservative Muslim region.
Nigerian soldiers clearing Boko Haram camps in Borno State. The government has contracted private security companies to help. EPA/Stringer

Peeling back the layers on the role of private security companies in Africa

Private military and security companies are increasingly being contracted in Africa. But there are big gaps in understanding their impact.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really feeling 22. Sucharas Wongpeth/Shutterstock.com

Why the ‘perfect’ office temperature is a myth

Workplaces the world over tune their thermostats to 22C, because this supposedly optimises mental performance. But the factors that underpin a productive office are much more complicated.
Mauro still has enough money to buy the loyalty of Venezuela’s military — but his government is going bankrupt, so that will change. Reuters/Handout

Odds of military coup in Venezuela rise every day Maduro stays in office

A coup seems so imminent in Venezuela that people are debating whether Maduro's overthrow would be good or bad for Venezuelan democracy. But history suggests a coup may be less likely than it seems.
What would Artificial General Intelligence make of the human world? Shutterstock/Nathapol Kongseang

To protect us from the risks of advanced artificial intelligence, we need to act now

We're on the road to developing artificial intelligence systems that will be able to do tasks beyond those they were designed for. But will we be able to control them?
Turkish people in Ankara attempting to stop a military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 16, 2016. AP Photo

No coups occurred in 2018. Will next year be so stable?

2018 is on track to become only the second coup-free year in a century. Coup risk is way down worldwide, thanks to growing political stability in Latin America. Africa has the highest risk of coup.
Ammonia production is one of the most energy-intensive industrial processes on the planet. By saoirse2013/shutterstock.com

A sustainable, energy-saving way to make the key ingredient in fertilizers

Producing ammonia, which is a key ingredient in fertilizers, is one of the world's most energy-intensive chemical manufacturing processes. Now there's a new low energy option in development.
Self-driving cars and human-driven vehicles are bound to collide as the technology improves. Tempe Police Department via AP

Self-driving cars and humans face inevitable collisions

Humans and machines perceive the world differently and respond in different ways to what they perceive. This lays the groundwork for conflict – and crashes.
A key factor is how well people and machines can avoid crashes. Tempe Police Department via AP

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Comparing crash rates between humans and self-driving cars requires more data than anyone currently collects. And some of it will be quite hard to figure out.

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