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It’s been more than 70 years since an atomic weapon was used in warfare, but the global nuclear weapons stockpile still stands at more than 14,000 warheads. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

World politics explainer: The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

When the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, it unleashed one of the most devastating events in history, which still has implications today.
On the letter of the law, Manning fails the character test. But it is difficult to see what harm her speaking tour could possibly cause. AAP/DPA/Britta Pedersen

Explainer: what role does ministerial discretion play in the Chelsea Manning visa case?

Denying Manning the opportunity to enter Australia to undertake her speaking tour seems at odds with the Australian government’s purported commitment to freedom of expression.
The United Nations says the number of forcibly displaced persons around the world has risen to 68.5 million. Shutterstock

Australia and other countries must prioritise humanity in dealing with displaced people and migration

States' approaches to challenges of forced displacement and migration often fail to acknowledge a sometimes competing, but always essential, consideration – the basic dignity of the human person.
Although the show was rightly criticised for its lack of diversity, the First Slayer - she who begat all future slayers, including Buffy - was black. 20th Century Fox/IMDB

A revamped Buffy could rectify the original Slayer’s problem with race

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a cult classic, was a series with a diversity problem. News of a new season provides an opportunity for a different kind of storytelling.
Have you seen a mermaid? Shutterstock

Curious Kids: Are mermaids real?

Even if mermaids aren't real, they'll likely feature in human stories for many years to come. Very few mythical creatures are found in so many diverse cultures, across so many years without changing.
Survivors of the dam disaster take refuge at a temporary shelter in Laos’s Attapeu province. ABC Laos News/EPA

The Laos disaster reminds us that local people are too often victims of dam development

Images of the aftermath of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapse in Laos went around the world. But many other dam projects harm locals and the environment in less visible ways.
Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need personal, financial and social support. from www.shutterstock.com

Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

Farmers experience drought-related stress. Improving their mental health enhances adaptive capacity and resilience. Drought support must address relationships between drought and mental health.

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