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Refugees who fled xenophobic attacks recently protested in Cape Town demanding to be sent elsewhere. Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

How South Africa is denying refugees their rights: what needs to change

The policy and law applying to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa is largely progressive. But, in practice, they continue to endure hardship and unfair treatment by officials.
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask flashing a victory sign in Beirut in November 2019. EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH

Can wars no longer be won?

Wars don't produce winners and losers – they never really did.
Red Cross forensic specialist Stephen Fonseca, right, searches for bodies in a field of ruined maize in Magaru, Mozambique, after Cyclone Idai, April 4, 2019. AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Humanitarian forensic scientists trace the missing, identify the dead and comfort the living

Meet the unsung aid workers who put their lives on the line during war and natural disaster to make sure the dead are treated with respect – and that their grieving families get closure.
Travis Fimmel and Jay Kiriona in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019). Jasin Boland - © Danger Close Production

Danger close? The battle over the meaning of Long Tan

A new Australian film tells the story of one of the most iconic battles of the Vietnam war - but the film repeats disputed facts and interpretations.
It was defoliants, seen here during Operation Ranch Hand in the Vietnam War, that prompted action to protect the environment during conflicts. National Museum of the US Air Force

Environmental destruction is a war crime, but it’s almost impossible to fall foul of the laws

A group of scientists want a new Geneva Convention to safeguard the environment during wars and conflicts. We already have such rules, but they're inadequate, inconsistent and unclear.
China retaliated with tariffs on U.S. imports after Trump imposed tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports. Reuters/Ng Han Guan

The US-China trade war: 5 essential reads

The US-China trade war shows no signs of slowing down. Here's what readers need to know.

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