Saving face

Summary: diplomacy rather than bullets marked the end, at least for the time being, of a dispute between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan that had it not been resolved had the potential to explode into a major military confrontation.

Child abuse in the Arab world

Summary: child abuse is a huge problem but social taboos and government indifference means little action is taken; in war zones such as Syria physical and sexual abuse is  a deliberate regime weapon; breaking the taboos, providing sanctuary and support for survivors and arresting, convicting and jailing perpetrators is urgently required.

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