‘Several studies have found that in countries where buying sex is decriminalised, sex trafficking is more prevalent.’ Photograph: Getty Images

On August 11th, the human rights organisation Amnesty International voted at its international council meeting in Dublin to adopt a policy that suppor(...)

Afghan firefighters spray water in front of the gates of the Heetal Hotel in Kabul the morning after gunfire and explosions rang out in a diplomatic quarter of the city overnight. Security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family. The standoff ended at daybreak with all four attackers killed, a government minister said, reporting no civilian or military casualties. Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images

Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnigh(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The family of Ibrahim Halawa has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and have him released from jail in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on(...)

Former News of the World editor and government communications boss Andy Coulson, who has been released from prison. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications boss Andy Coulson left Hollesley Bay open-prison in Suffolk, England, this morning.C(...)

Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens (third left) and mayor Peter Soulsby (third right) react during a news conference at Leicester Cathedral after a decision of the Judicial Review permitting King Richard lll to be buried at the Cathedral in Leicester. Photograph: Reuters

England’s King Richard III, whose body was remarkably discovered under a municipal car park, will be reburied near to where he was slain in battle 500(...)

In some senses, Amanda Knox (above) and her co-accused former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been tried not twice, but four times, for the killing of Meredith Kercher. Photograph: Peter Kramer/NBC/Reuters

On the morning after the dramatic Florence court verdict which saw US student Amanda Knox sentenced in abstencia to 28 years and six months for the No(...)

The scales of justice at the Old Bailey in London. A new report in Britain has found that the average prison sentence given to white criminals is seven months shorter than that given to Afro-Caribbean offenders. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Meeting black youths in sink estates in south London is often, if not always, a depressing experience: life ambitions are limited, while their life ch(...)

An employee displays a HTC smartphone. Some HTC employees were detained by Taiwan authorities after the smartphone maker alleged that some of its trade secrets were breached. Photo: Bloomberg

HTC employees were detained by Taiwan authorities after the smartphone maker alleged that some of its trade secrets were breached. Five people, includ(...)

Attendees wear Google Glass while posing for a group photo during the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco last May. In some cases, governments themselves are responding to privacy worries. Last week, Brazil changed its proposed data-protection law to require that citizen data be hosted within Brazil, prompting complaints from Facebook and Google. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For businesses, the twin issues of data privacy and protection have never had a higher profile. International data surveillance concerns for individua(...)