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How a 10-year-old schoolgirl in India fought against child marriage—and won

When I get back home, the subject of marriage is the centre of the conversation again. The son of one of my uncles has asked to marry me. Ma tries to convince me to meet him.<p>“He’s a relative and is ready to accept the dowry that we’re offering.”<p>“I don’t care where he comes from and what he’s ready …

Study Skills

Isis’s destruction of Palmyra: ‘The heart has been ripped out of the city'

Isis is destroying the ‘Venice of the sands’ piece by piece – and worse atrocities may be yet to come. Will the brutal organisation erase the memory of Syria’s extraordinary history? Plus, Robin Yassin-Kassab assesses the impact on the nation<p>At length we stood on the end of the col and looked over …

Archaeology

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

Yazidis Face Genocide by ISIS After U.S. Turns Away

Months after the president stepped in to save the Yazidis from genocide, the airstrikes have slowed to a trickle. Supplies have dried up. And ISIS is …

ISIS targets Sunni tribe in Iraq

They were taken from their homes, some pulled from their beds, in the middle of the night.<p>They were fathers, brothers and sons, members of the U.S.-allied Albu Nimr tribe -- the Sunni clan considered among the last holdouts against ISIS in Iraq's western desert.<p>About 50 members of the tribe were …

Islamic State: Militants kill 50 from Iraqi Anbar tribe

<b>Militants from Islamic State (IS) have killed at least 50 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, officials and tribal leaders say.</b><p>The men and women from the Al Bu Nimr tribe are reported to have been lined up and shot in retaliation for resisting the jihadists.<p>A number of people from …

Islam

ISIS Extremists Line Up and Execute 50: Iraqi Officials

ISIS group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq's Anbar province, officials said Saturday, the latest mass killing committed by the group.<p>The shooting happened late Friday in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of the provincial capital of Ramadi, Anbar councilman …

Iraq

Report: Shiite militia behind mosque massacre

The gunmen came in during noon prayers at the small Sunni mosque in the Diyala province, waving AK-47 machine guns.<p>Then they opened fire, the sound of the gunfire carried over the mosque's loudspeakers that seconds earlier had been broadcasting prayers.<p>When the bullets stopped flying at the Musab …

US military admits Isil 'has tactical momentum' as jihadist siege of Kobane continues

Barack Obama meets with generals from 22 countries as Isil fighters advance in western Iraq<p>The US military admitted last night that Isil "has tactical momentum on several fronts" as jihadist forces continued to make advances in both Syria and Iraq.<p>American warplanes dramatically escalated strikes …