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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place<p>The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin …

Middle East

Ireland appears set to say 'yes' in gay marriage vote

A series of polls have indicated that Ireland is very likely to vote in a favour of legalising same-sex marriage in an upcoming referendum.<p>Polls on Saturday suggested that voters would back the move in a referendum set for Friday by a margin as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country …

LGBTQI

EU referendum: 1.5 million foreigners could get to vote

Ministers have been confronted in private by Eurosceptic MPs who fear David Cameron could water down his promise to give British people the final say over EU membership<p>Up to 1.5 million foreigners could be given a decisive vote in the referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union, …

'New Irish' Christians mobilise to vote no to gay marriage

Leaders in evangelical Christian community, which includes large numbers of immigrants, are urging their congregations to say no in historic referendum<p>Tens of thousands of Christian immigrants who have become Irish citizens are being mobilised across the Republic to vote down a historic move to …

LGBTQI

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture<p>Our prehistoric forebears are often portrayed as spear-wielding savages, but the earliest human societies are likely to have been founded on …

Anthropology

Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones

The average human's attention span is... oh look, a bird!<p>According to scientists, the age of smartphones has left humans with such a short attention span even a goldfish can hold a thought for longer.<p>Researchers surveyed 2,000 participants in Canada and studied the brain activity of 112 others …

The Brain

The troubling flaws in forensic science

DNA, fingerprint and hair analyses may seem invincible – but they can be swayed by a scientist’s preconceptions. Linda Geddes reports on a crisis in criminology.<p>“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” So said the fictional detective, Sherlock …

Forensics

Could electric biorocks save coral reefs?

In Indonesia, ecologists have created ‘biological rocks’ on the ocean floor using an ingeniously simple technology. Katie Silver investigates.<p>Just metres off the beach, beneath the clear water, is a giant motorbike, sitting atop a big steel structure in the shape of a speedbump. It is covered in …

Seafloor

Indonesia set to execute drug smugglers

Indonesia appears likely to press ahead with the executions of nine drug criminals on Tuesday, despite last-ditch appeals by Australia's foreign minister for a stay of execution so that claims of corruption during the trials of the two Australian prisoners could be investigated.<p>The families of the …

Asia

Thailand seizes four tonnes of ivory in record bust

Thailand says it has seized four tonnes of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from the Democratic Republic of Congo in what authorities called the biggest bust in the country's history.<p>The 739 elephant tusks, bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival at a port in Bangkok on Saturday after the …

Endangered Species

Indian minister says 2,000 girls 'killed' every day | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two thousand girls are “killed” every day due to a preference for sons in India with most aborted or murdered just after birth, the country’s minister for women and child development said.<p>A girl lies in a hammock at a slum area in New Delhi April 12, 2015. …

India