South Sudanese rapper Lual D’Awol: “I’m not a politician but I’m talking about the government. Things are not moving as swiftly as we would like.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As he drives around the streets of South Sudan’s ramshackle capital, Lual D’Awol performs the rap song that has made him famous – and not a little con(...)

A gay rights activist in Mumbai folds a banner at a protest organised against the Supreme Court’s order on gay, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

India’s Supreme Court yesterday endorsed a colonial-era law from the 1860s criminalising gay sex.In a major setback for gay rights campaigners, a two-(...)

Aela De Deus, a coffee farmer from East Timor’s Emera distric, prepares dried coffee parchement before it is transfred into bags for transport to Dili. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

Armindo de Deus has worked all his life as a coffee farmer in the Ermera district of Timor-Leste. He is a wiry, weather-beaten man with darting, milky(...)

Young boys play on concrete blocks at Dili’s port, as a container ship sails in. Photograph: Cedric Arnold/realfeatures.com

Eleven years after independence, the array of socioeconomic challenges facing Timor-Leste remains significant. According to the United Nations Develop(...)