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Who was Ayman al-Zawahri? Where does his death leave al-Qaida and what does it say about US counterterrorism?

Who will replace the man who replaced bin Laden? Visual News/Getty Images Haroro J. Ingram, George Washington University; Andrew Mines, George Washington University, and Daniel Milton, United States Military Academy West Point Ayman al-Zawahri, leader of al-Qaida and a plotter of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been killed in a drone strike in the Afghan city of Kabul, according to …

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Heatwaves worsen mental health conditions

sun ok/Shutterstock Laurence Wainwright, University of Oxford and Eileen Neumann, University of Zurich Heatwaves have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. Doctors usually dread them, as emergency rooms quickly fill up with patients suffering from dehydration, delirium and fainting. Recent studies suggest at least a 10% rise in hospital emergency room visits on days when temperatures reach …

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Should authors’ unfinished works be completed?

Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock Claire Squires, University of Stirling The scene: a field in southwest England. The sun is shining for a quintessentially British event, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. A six-and-a-half tonne steamroller takes centre stage. This, the Lord Jericho, goes head-to-head with a computer hard drive, and in a battle of old and new technologies, rolls over it several times. Then, …

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Five books on work by French authors that you should read on your commute

shutterstock Amy Wigelsworth, Sheffield Hallam University An emerging genre of fiction in France is providing an unlikely brand of escapism. Growing numbers of French writers are choosing work as their subject matter – and it seems that readers can’t get enough of their novels. The prix du roman d’entreprise et du travail, the French prize for the best business or …

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Ukraine war: Is impartiality always key to quality journalism?

  As Western media’s coverage of this European war demonstrated, terms like ‘invasion’, ‘unprovoked aggression’ and ‘resistance’ can and should be used in conflict reporting when they describe what is actually happening.   Members of the media interviewing a British volunteer preparing to enter Ukraine from Poland to fight alongside Ukrainians against the Russian army at the Medyka border crossing …

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Black people are often associated with deviance – but I never understood the true impact until I was racially profiled

melitas/Shutterstock Nicole Nyamwiza, Kingston University The horrifying experience of Child Q, a 15-year-old girl who was subjected to a strip search by police officers in her school in Hackney, London, is a harrowing example of how British society associates Blackness with deviant behaviour. The subsequent child safeguarding review into Child Q’s case has concluded that “racism (whether deliberate or not) …

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A sense of history and urgency as Somalia moves to elect a new president

A policeman marches with a Somali flag during a parade in the capital Mogadishu. Jose Cendon/AFP via Getty Images Mohammed Ibrahim Shire, University of Portsmouth Somali lawmakers vote for the country’s new president on May 15, marking the end of a long-delayed and controversial process. The Horn of Africa nation of 16 million has been struggling to achieve viable political …

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Ukraine war and anti-Russia sanctions on top of COVID-19 mean even worse trouble lies ahead for global supply chains

Supply chains were already in disarray thanks to overcongested ports, as in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Tinglong Dai, Johns Hopkins University Francis Fukuyama, the American political scientist who once described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “end of history,” suggested that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine might be called “the end of the end of history.” He meant …

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