Sisyphean toil: 28-year-old Kabwita Kasongo

Released last year, Kirsten Johnston’s fascinating portrait of a documentarian at work, simply titled Cameraperson, featured a scene wherein a Nigeria(...)

Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against President Joseph Kabila, organised by the local Catholic Church in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 21st, 2018. Photograph: Kenny Katombe/Reuters

The head of Congo’s Catholic Church condemned the government of President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday for a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters,(...)

Kurdish boys, refugees from Kobane, pictured in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, in 2015, as they wait to return to Syria. Photograph: Getty

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human s(...)

 Robert Mugabe, pictured with his wife Grace,   was forced out as leader of Zimbabwe  earlier this week after 37 years in power.  Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP/Getty Images

The end of the Mugabe presidency – with the swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare on Friday – is being watched closely across Africa, and especi(...)

Bringing it  all together – actor Peter Duffy

Although he died almost 140 years ago, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has aged surprisingly well.   This is partly because (in the book Th(...)

Fr Martin Pender and  a Congolese asylum seeker:  “It is absolute psychological abuse,” says Fr Martin Pender. He is “ashamed” Irish taxpayers are sponsoring such poor treatment of asylum seekers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The treatment of asylum seekers in Ireland is worse than in South Africa and comparable to institutional abuse throughout this island in the last cent(...)

Aurora Prize laureate Dr Tom Catena during the ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia. He was honoured for treating casualties under fire in Sudan, where he said the Sudanese government is embroiled in a disagreement with rebels over who delivers aid. Photograph: Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

A life-saving surgeon honoured for treating casualties under fire in Sudan has urged the international community to help solve a dispute blocking huma(...)

The British supreme court has ruled that the  government’s mandatory ‘minimum income’ immigration requirement is legal. Photograph: PA

Britain’s supreme court has ruled that government financial measures which are hitting British citizens who want foreign spouses or partners to join t(...)

People watch on TV the screening of the start of the ICC  trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen who is facing  charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s first permanent war crimes court, the International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 in The Hague, with 122 countries signing (...)

Pope Francis waves from the balcony of St Peter’s basilica during the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas message. Photograph: AFP

The world must harness the power of love rather than might and wealth to bring peace to areas of the world blighted by conflict, Pope Francis has said(...)

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