I’ve spent years reporting from Syria. The world has tuned out, but hope still exists | Sara Firth | Opinion

I’ve spent years reporting from Syria. The world has tuned out, but hope still exists | Sara Firth | Opinion

This is often how the news comes in: “Regime airstrikes on Tuesday killed nine civilians in rebel-held northwest Syria, the target of months of regime and Russian bombardment, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.” Working for an international news channel, we follow up these stories with our sources on the ground, the local monitoring […]

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Atom spy Klaus Fuchs was motivated by conscience | Letter | World news

Atom spy Klaus Fuchs was motivated by conscience | Letter | World news

Graham Farmelo’s review of a new book by Frank Close about the atom spy Klaus Fuchs (Review, 17 August) fails completely to understand the motivation of Fuchs or comprehend the historical context of his action. He simplistically labels him the “most cunning of traitors”. Fuchs came from a deeply religious family. He was the son […]

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China and Russia want the CRAIC CR929 aircraft to challenge Airbus and Boeing

A mock-up of the CRAIC CR929 airliner on display at the 2018 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition at Zhuhai Airshow Center. Marina Lystseva | TASS | Getty Images The date for the first flight of a long-haul passenger plane jointly developed by China and Russia looks set to slip. State-owned companies in Russia and […]

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Two dead and radiation spike reported after Russia rocket test blast | World news

Russia refuses to share data on blast that caused radiation spike | World news

Russia has told international nuclear test ban monitors that it does not have to share information on the blast that caused a brief spike in radiation levels in Arkhangelsk region, bolstering speculation that Russia may have tampered with monitoring stations that failed to transmit scientific data after the accident. Two Russian-operated monitoring stations for the […]

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Rebels withdraw in key Syrian town as pro-Assad troops advance | World news

Rebels withdraw in key Syrian town as pro-Assad troops advance | World news

Insurgent groups have withdrawn from Khan Sheikhun in north-west Syria, clearing the way for pro-government forces to enter the town, in a milestone moment in the war for Idlib province, the country’s last major rebel stronghold. The development came hours after Turkey deployed tanks and armoured cars deep into Syria, partly in response to days […]

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Turkish convoy in Syria hit by airstrikes, Ankara claims | World news

Turkish convoy in Syria hit by airstrikes, Ankara claims | World news

Turkey has sent significant numbers of tanks and troops deep into Syria in an apparent bid to reinforce the town of Khan Sheikhun, where 92 people died in a 2017 sarin gas attack, one of the war’s most infamous atrocities. Columns of Turkish forces, amounting to Ankara’s largest incursion into Syria of the eight-year conflict, […]

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Cold War sailor's 50-year-old message in a bottle found in Alaska | World news

Cold War sailor’s 50-year-old message in a bottle found in Alaska | World news

A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska. Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966km) northwest of Anchorage, KNOM-AM reported on Tuesday. “I was just gathering firewood,” Ivanoff said. “I just happened […]

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New evidence emerges of Russian role in Ukraine conflict | World news

New evidence emerges of Russian role in Ukraine conflict | World news

Newly collated evidence documenting Russian military involvement in the conflict in Ukraine will be used to bolster legal claims against the Russian state by Ukrainian volunteer fighters. Forensic Architecture, a London-based research group, has collected and catalogued evidence of Russian military involvement in the battle of Ilovaysk in August 2014, including the presence of a […]

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Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in June than Sweden does in an entire year

Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in June than Sweden does in an entire year

Smoke billows from a fire outside Ljusdal, Sweden in July, 2018. Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades, including blazes above the Arctic Circle, prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds of volunteers and other European nations. Maja Suslin | TT | AP Smoke from massive fires in the Arctic […]

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The nuclear arms race is back … and ever more dangerous now | World news

The nuclear arms race is back … and ever more dangerous now | World news

Imagine the uproar if the entire populations of York, Portsmouth or Swindon were suddenly exposed to three times the permissible level of penetrating gamma radiation, or what the nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford termed gamma rays. The outpouring of rage and fear would be heard across the world. That’s what happened to the roughly 200,000 people […]

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