Sam Batey

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Stop Linking the Sydney Siege to Islam

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Australia

Russian plane has near-miss with passenger aircraft over Sweden

Swedish authorities say military plane turned off transponder to avoid commercial radar and came close to collision<p>Close military encounters between Russia and the west ‘at cold war levels’<p>For the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft turned off its transponders to avoid commercial …

Low turnout expected as Japan votes in parliamentary election

Shinzo Abe is seeking fresh mandate for economic programme and is expected to get one<p>• Shinzo Abe and the Japanese election – the Guardian briefing<p>• Ten things Japanese people are worrying about before the snap election<p>Japanese voters have headed to the polls in a parliamentary election that is …

Omar al-Bashir celebrates ICC decision to halt Darfur investigation

Sudanese president accuses court of trying to humiliate his country as prosecutor criticises UN security council<p>The Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has hailed the international criminal court’s suspension of its investigations into alleged war crimes in Darfur, accusing it of trying to …

Haiti prime minister quits following violent protests

Laurent Lamothe has announced he will comply with a commission calling for him to step down<p>The Haitian prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced early on Sunday that he was resigning along with several ministers, in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to …

What We’re Missing in the Global Education Race

Nearly 15 years ago, the global community set an unprecedented goal—to give every child access to primary education. We have made progress, but today …

Education

'Fragile' Ukraine Truce Leads to First Casualty-Free Day

A tentative truce between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine has resulted in the first 24 hours free from deaths and injuries …

Russia

Papua Remains a Killing Field Even Under New Indonesian President Jokowi

The vivid images that emerged from Indonesia’s Papua province this week are pretty gruesome: teenage boys in school uniforms lie in a pool of blood, …

Asia

Exclusive - Cash-strapped Iraq seeks Kuwait war reparation delay | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion (£2.9 billion) instalment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters, as it faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices and war with Islamic State.<p>Iraq's Finance …

Russia's Lavrov says peace talks in Ukraine needed swiftly - TASS | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Friday Moscow’s calls to convene as soon as possible another round of peace talks on the conflict in east Ukraine’s Donbass region, TASS news agency reported.<p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to media in a news …

ISIS Is Trying To Sell The Body Of U.S. Hostage James Foley For $1 Million

Middlemen in touch with ISIS or its associates say the group has turned a grim new page in its deadly hostage trade — by trying to sell the remains of at least one of the U.S. citizens it has executed in Syria. BuzzFeed News’ Mike Giglio reports from the Turkey-Syria border.<p>ANTAKYA, Turkey — …

Isis: the inside story

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov<p>اقرأ التقرير باللغة العربية<p>In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked …