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The task of identifying anyone fleeing a war zone, as many Syrians are, can be very challenging. Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

What do the Paris attacks mean for Australia’s Syrian refugee intake?

It beggars belief that there are people who have attached themselves to groups seeking to escape this barbarity. Their objectives are the very antithesis of those seeking sanctuary.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after an international conference on Syria, in Vienna, from which Australia was excluded. EPA/Hans Punz

Russian objection excluded Australia from Syrian peace talks

Australia – despite its major military commitment fighting Islamic State – was excluded from the Vienna weekend talks seeking a peace path for Syria because of an objection by Russia.
It’s not looking good. Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani

Is the Iraqi army a lost cause?

Assembled at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq's army has never amounted to much – and it's not the first foreign-built military to fail so spectacularly.
The Metrojet Airbus A321 that crashed in Northern Sinai. Reuters

Sinai crash: what do we really know?

Investigating an air crash is a delicate and complex task at the best of times – and Flight KGL9268 came down in one of the world's most difficult regions.

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