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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.
Protest in London against the Cameroonian government’s attacks on Ambazonia separatists. Karl Nesh/Shutterstock

How Twitter has been used in Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

In many instances, social media appears to be amplifying violence, creating a culture of impunity when perpetrators are not held accountable, and increasing insecurity and suspicion.
Soldiers stand guard near coffins containing the bodies of victims of an explosion that took place inside a catholic cathedral, in southern island of Mindanao on January 28, 2019. NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP

Why is peace failing in the Philippines?

After a civil conflict, within five years the majority of modern peace agreements fail. What is causing these negotiated settlements to fall apart?
Metallica singer James Hetfield (left) and guitarist Kirk Hammett perform on stage during Lollapalooza 2017. Mario Ruiz/EPA

Why artistic differences in a band can be a good thing

There is a long list of bands that fell apart over artistic differences. But conflict between band members – and even some creative sledging – can be crucial to making better music.

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