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In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was illuminated with the French, Russian and Lebanese flags in solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks, but most of the focus in the West has been on the victims in Paris. EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

Solidarity after Paris means being more attentive to suffering elsewhere

Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.
Violence has become a normal part of life in Somalia and some other countries. Reuters/Feisal Omar

How the new peace and violence development goals can be met

A growing field of policy analysis now focuses on reducing armed violence. Remarkable consensus has emerged at high policy levels around the basic elements of an approach to reduce violence.
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.

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