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Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk, Iraq. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

How the Islamic State recruits and coerces children

A young boy is strapped with explosives and sent to detonate himself and those around him at a school. An expert on terrorism explains how and why children become embroiled in militant conflicts.
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Kevin gets canned

All politics is local. It’s a cliché but one that never goes out of style. Malcolm Turnbull’s unwillingness to endorse Kevin Rudd for the world’s top diplomatic post, the secretary-general of the United…
Doubts have been expressed in the bureaucracy about the government nominating Kevin Rudd to be UN secretary-general. Sven Hoppe/EPA

Rudd’s fate in Turnbull’s hands

Malcolm Turnbull has been left to decide whether the government should allow Kevin Rudd to be a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Julie Bishop chats with her counterparts during the East Asia Summit’s foreign ministers meeting in Laos. Runroj Yongrit/EPA

Cabinet battle over Rudd a test for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

The strength of Julie Bishop will be tested on Thursday when she proposes the government should nominate Kevin Rudd to run for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Scott Morrison has indicated he does not support the government nominating Kevin Rudd for the UN secretary-general job. David Moir/AAP

Morrison flags opposition to nominating Rudd for UN post

Scott Morrison has set himself in apparent opposition to Julie Bishop over Australia's nomination of Kevin Rudd as a candidate for secretary-general of the United Nations.
Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, surrounded by school pupils and officials, samples the metropole’s free internet service. Pretoria News/Masi Losi

South Africa’s vote against internet freedom tarnishes its global image

That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
Baby Lurky, whose family was displaced by Boko Haram in the northeast region of Nigeria, sleeps at a camp in Adamawa State. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

Nigeria’s constitution holds the key to protecting internally displaced people

The rise in the number of people fleeing Boko Haram terror calls for urgent amendments to Nigeria's constitution to provide legal protection to the country's millions of internally displaced citizens.
Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces the challenge of making the organisation more accountable. UN

What can be done to stop the United Nations abusing its immunity

The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.

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