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Digitised records open up the possibility of making connections to the wartime past not easily achieved by amateur or professional historians previously.
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Any further military escalation would not only be futile in terms of east-west relations in Ukraine but also play straight into Russia’s hands.
The reconciliation agreement between two rival Palestinian political factions could be a positive step for the peace process.
Bill Shorten's vision for a rejuvenated Labor Party, while sound in theory, may be difficult to achieve in practice.
Russian and Eastern European hackers now account for a large and growing percentage of all cyber espionage, most of which is directed at the United States.
The newest item on Cuba's list of dwindling commodities is condoms.
As we undertake our annual remembrance of Australians at war, Mat Hardy reflects on the two hundred Australians taken captive by Ottoman forces during The Great War.
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