Author: Fraser Lawrance

Human Weapons: What Drives People To Become Suicide Bombers?

When it comes to acts of terror, nothing quite compares to suicide attacks. Showing complete disregard for their own lives as they detonate explosives strapped to their own body, many people are unable to comprehend what could possibly drive people to commit such acts. Nevertheless, suicide bombings are a very

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Addressing The Issue Of Child Soldiers

Background Children are terribly affected by war and conflict, in an extensive number of damaging ways. They may be forced to flee their homes, face physical harm to either themselves or their loved ones, and miss out on a childhood that many take for granted. When it comes to being

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Cash Transfers: The Future Of Development Aid

The practice of helping those less fortunate is something that has been an integral part of human identity for many thousands of years. Appearing in many different forms, the act of giving has developed over time, being shaped by culture and technological advancements. In the 21st century, a major source

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Protesters Killed as DRC President Refuses to Step Down

  Protests against President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) turned violent on Tuesday, with government forces firing into crowds and killing over forty people. President Kabila has been president of the DRC since 2001, with his second term having expired on Tuesday. The DRC constitution prohibits

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Indian Troops Shell School Van In Kashmir

  The shelling of a school van in the disputed region of Kashmir on Friday has resulted in the death of the driver, and the wounding of 8 children. The Pakistani school van was carrying 20 private school students aged between 10 and 15 years old in the Pakistan administered

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Police Targeted by Twin Terrorist Bombing in Istanbul

  A twin bomb attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday has left at least 29 dead and 166 injured. The attack consisted of the detonation of a car bomb on a riot police bus and then a suicide bomber, with the explosions occurring approximately 30 seconds apart.

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87 Killed as Ugandan Police Storm Palace of Tribal King

  Fighting between police and forces loyal to a tribal king have left at least 87 dead in western Uganda. Police stormed the palace of King Charles Wesley Mumbere over the weekend in a government sanctioned attempt to arrest the tribal ruler. This led to a violent confrontation between police

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Genocide Looms In Burundi’s ‘Forgotten Conflict’

  Tensions are mounting between ethnic groups in the central African country of Burundi as violations of human rights increase and the government begins to withdraw from the international community. Turmoil in the country began in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced plans to run for a third term,

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Ceasefire Breaks Down In Drought-Stricken Somalia

  A ceasefire between two major Somali regional groups broke down violently last Sunday, with clashes killing at least 29 people and wounding over 50. The two regions involved, Galmadug and Puntland, have had a violent history and share a common border in the central Somali city of Galkayo where the

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What’s Happening in Afghanistan Today?

The past week in Afghanistan has seen a number of violent terror attacks against civilians, in addition to strong Taliban offensives against the Afghan military. On Tuesday, an attack at a religious shrine in the nation’s capital of Kabul killed 18 people and wounded dozens more. It is alleged to

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