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Iran and Israel’s shadow war takes a dangerous turn

In 2015 Iran signed up to a multinational nuclear pact called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which lifted sanctions in exchange for stringent nuclear inspections. But in 2018 President Donald Trump pulled the US out of it, slapping draconian sanctions on Iran, which has responded by incrementally breaking the terms of the deal, […]

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Cambodia criticises edited photos of Khmer Rouge victims

Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid spent, only three former Khmer Rouge have ever been sentenced – Comrade Duch, the regime’s head of state Khieu Samphan and Pol Pot’s second-in-command, Nuon Chea, who died last year after being convicted of genocide. Pol Pot himself died in 1998. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-56707984

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Ecuador picks president under the shadow of Covid

In the shadow of this, Ecuador’s citizens will decide whether they want the socialist policies of former minister Andrés Arauz, 36, who is a political protégé of former left-wing President Rafael Correa, or the pro-market strategies of 65-year-old former banker Guillermo Lasso, a three-time presidential candidate. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-56674200

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Ash falls like snow after St Vincent volcano eruption

A series of volcanic eruptions has blanketed parts of the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke. Locals reported “extremely heavy ash fall and sulphur smells” and thousands of people were forced from their homes. La Soufrière, which had been dormant for decades, started showing volcanic activity in December, but that increased this […]