A Christmas service in Manhattan.
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How should we celebrate Christmas during a time when religious extremism inspires terrorist attacks and young people are abandoning the church?
John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668.
Many literary greats have been religious outsiders, and reading them we can relate to our times. This is particularly the case with Dryden.
After a missile hit in Damascus.
Why there's a slender -- a very slender -- chance for working out a settlement at upcoming talks in New York.
Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Marj al-Sultan, Damascus.
Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.
Trump calls for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
Thomas Jefferson would disagree with Trump's call to bar one religious group from entering the country. But that's not to say that Trump's idea isn't anything new in American history.
Speaking to the nation December 6.
Winston Churchill famously suggested that: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Speaking with his characteristic mix of the compassionate and cerebral…
Barack Obama speaks about counterterrorism and the US fight against Islamic State from the Oval Office.
Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night, attempting to steady fears after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
With drones and modern radar technology it's possible to target Islamic State's oil tankers – and strike at the heart of their income stream.
Presidents Hollande and Obama. Is it still possible for nation states to build a global alliance against organisations such as Daesh?
To save mankind from the scourge of war… These eight words drawn from the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations have been ringing in my head for the past week. Most believe that they were penned…
The Turkish Embassy in Moscow under siege.
The downing of Russia’s plane by Turkish military forces over the skies of the Syrian-Turkish border has added yet another layer of complexity to the vortex of conflict in the Middle East. Most of the…
Tolerance develops when empathy is encouraged, because it allows a child – or adult – to enter the shoes of another.
EPA/ Georgi Licovski
With vast numbers of people migrating around the world, understanding how racial tolerance is created – and encouraging more of it – is more important than ever.
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Cyberwarfare may be of growing importance, but some foes must be tackled with more low-tech weapons.
Cut from a different cloth: outgoing Ewa Kopacz (left) welcomes successor Beata Szydło into office.
With hardliners taking charge of the government and presidency in Warsaw, the migrant rhetoric is looking worrying. But how much will change in practice?
Pedestrians walk across the Mexican border.
Like France, the US faces the possibility that ISIS will attack an American city sooner or later.
This is the business end of how investigations are solved.
Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA
Paris police were able to use information found on a phone, but what details can be found that could tackle future attacks?
Anonymous can do more harm than good in its war on Islamic State.
The Anonymous hacktivist group engaged in an online war against Islamic State may be doing more harm than good.
Police stand guard in Place de la Republique, Paris, November 15 2015.
Compared to 9/11, the recent attacks by ISIS were coordinated, but not costly.
Blocking IS one click at a time?
Anonymous strives to bring down IS propaganda before it reaches the masses.
Anonymous wants to make sure militant Islamist propaganda video, like this being filmed in Syria, doesn’t make it online.
ISIS uses the internet, especially social media, to propagandize and recruit. Members of hacker group Anonymous have turned their sights on these accounts.
Displaced residents from the Yazidi sect, fleeing ISIS forces in Sinjar, August 11 2014.
Recent talks in Vienna may help end the Syrian civil war, but diplomacy will not eliminate ISIS.