China’s then president Jiang Zemin (left) talks with Li Peng, then chairman of the National People’s Congress, at a conference in the Great Hall of Beijing in March 2002. A Spanish High Court judge Ismael Moreno has sought international arrest orders for the two men and others on allegations of genocide in Tibet. Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

A Spanish High Court judge has sought international arrest orders for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, ex-prime minister Li Peng and others on al(...)

Former Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco – a judge in Argentina has ordered the arrest of four men in Spain for alleged human rights abuses committed during the 1939-75 dictatorship. Photograph: Getty

A judge in Argentina has ordered the arrest of four men in Spain for alleged human rights abuses committed during the 1939-75 dictatorship of Francisc(...)

Ecuador said it could take months to decide whether to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. Foreign minister Ricardo Patiño said Mr Snowden’s case was similar to that of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been granted asylum at the country’s embassy in London. Photograph: Reuters/Edgar Su

After weeks of high-stakes international tension to find and apprehend whistleblower Edward Snowden, US president Barack Obama indicated that he would(...)

Gen Franco who triggered the three-year civil war by leading a military coup against the democratically elected Republican government. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s struggle to come to terms with the legacy of its civil war and the ensuing dictatorship has lifted it(...)