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Global peace index charts ‘staggering’ $9.8tn cost of war

Annual index shows worldwide peace deteriorated for seventh year in a row because of conflicts in Syria and South Sudan Syria overtook Afghanistan as the world’s least peaceful nation this year. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters The world’s costly drift away from peace continued last year, with nations spending an estimated $9.8trn (£5.8trn) on containing and dealing with violence, according to the latest annual Global Peace Index (GPI). The 2014 index shows that worldwide peace deteriorated slightly for a seventh consecutive year as a result of the conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and Central African Republic…