A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December 2, 2013. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters.

One morning in mid-2014, before the summer sun had reached its peak, two elderly men in Aleppo, Syria, sat on plastic chairs, chatting quietly and dr(...)

Iraq: in the Middle East, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen have carried out 99 per cent of all executions, with the number doubling in Iraq last year, said Amnesty. Photograph: Mohammed Ameen/Reuters

Amnesty International Ireland has welcomed an increasing global trend towards the eradication of the death penalty but said(...)