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The Next Kurdish War Looms on the Horizon

Colonel Thomas Veale has had the unenviable task of announcing the first official Western attempt to partition Syria on ethnic-sectarian lines. Whether or not he realises the implications of his extraordinary statement a few days ago, Colonel Veale – a Kansas University and US Military Academy graduate who rejoices in the title of “Public Affairs Director at Combined Joint Task Force, Operation Inherent Resolve” – was quite open about the creation of another new and largely Kurdish force which will, in theory, control tens of thousands of square kilometres of Syria. Arab members of the same 30,000-strong “Border Security Force” will man checkpoints further south along the Euphrates river valley.

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Honeybees Are Being Killed off in Europe by 57 Different Pesticides, Study Finds

Honeybees across Europe are being poisoned by up to 57 different pesticides, a scientific study has found.

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The Female Force Awakens as Star Wars Has Four Strong Women Roles

The Bechdel Test is a far from perfect measurement of the accuracy and integrity of gender portrayal, as Alison Bechdel herself has admitted, but it’s one that has firmly stuck in film parlance and criticism.

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Chef Alain Ducasse Has Removed All Meat From the Menu at His Famous Paris Restaurant

Alain Ducasse is to French cuisine what Ronseal is to fence paint. No one can really match Alain, he of 18 Michelin stars. He is the rum in the rum baba, the foie gras spread thick, the very essence of Gallic culinary joie de vivre.

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Style for Smog: Fashionable Anti-Pollution Masks Make Their U.K. Debut

Keys? Check. Mobile phone? Check. High-fashion, anti-pollution facewear? Strapped on and ready for the morning commute. 

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Heat Wave 2015 Update: August Was the Hottest August Ever Recorded

Last month was the hottest August ever recorded on Earth, according to U.S. scientists.

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Air Pollution Kills More People Than HIV/AIDS

Air pollution from outdoor sources kills about 3.3 million people per year worldwide and the numbers are likely to double by 2050 even if every country imposes existing air-quality legislation, a study has found.

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New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo Will Be Under Water If All Fossil Fuel Is Burned

London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong are some of the cities that would be submerged under the sea if the world burns all of its accessible fossil fuel reserves, a new report has warned.

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How Global Warming Could Lead to Smaller Loaves of Bread

Global warming could leave loaves of bread diminished in size due to a reduction in the amount of protein in grains, scientists say.

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Pope Francis Pulls No Punches in Leaked Climate Change Encyclical

Pope Francis warned that the world is heading for “unprecedented destruction” unless mankind confronts climate change and reforms the way it treats the planet, as the most eagerly anticipated papal document in living memory was leaked.

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