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At least 50 people have been killed over the past two weeks after Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupted four separate times.
At least 50 people have been killed over the past two weeks after Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupted four separate times.
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Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

U.S. AND RUSSIA TO TEAM UP AGAINST ISIS
The United States and Russia have agreed to share more intelligence on ISIS, as part of a renewed cooperation on global security and counter-terrorism efforts, Secretary of State John Kerry said after he met with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris on Tuesday. The Associated Press quotes Kerry as saying that he had stressed the fact that as world powers, the U.S. and Russia have “major” responsibilities. Speaking separately, Lavrov confirmed the sharing of intelligence and spoke positively about improving ties between the two countries, which had become tense over the Ukrainian crisis. "Mr. Kerry and I don't represent warring sides," Lavrov said.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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