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Paul Wood was a BBC foreign correspondent for 25 years, in Belgrade, Athens, Cairo, Jerusalem, Kabul and Washington DC. He has won numerous awards, including two US Emmys for his coverage of the Syrian civil war.
A big Biden win is the only way to minimize civil strife
By Paul Wood
For all his faults, Trump cares about captive Americans
Trump may pardon the NSA ‘whistleblower’ who revealed the US government’s illegal mass surveillance
Before the blast, corruption had spread like a malignant tumor
The Russians are coming. Again
Sectarian tensions could rise following today’s devastating explosion
We’ll have to wait to find out. Meanwhile, Russia..
Who is the real Jared Kushner?
What if you push the buttons that worked before and nothing happens?
The idea that the virus is man-made is not just a crazy theory that Trump got from one of his golf buddies
The dissident author Ma Jian on China after the virus
Only the infectious would have to be kept at home
We ain’t seen nothing yet
The US withdrawal doesn’t mean peace in Afghanistan
Tehran’s virus troubles could allow Shia militias to attack US forces in Iraq
Andy Khawaja: ‘the whistleblower’
What happens when your currency collapses?
The mad world of David Icke
Daughters for sale: Afghans are growing desperate
Florence with Dante
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