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A man carries an elderly woman as hundreds of civilians, who were evacuated from eastern Ghouta, take buses to makeshift centres, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on Friday. Photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Thousands of civilians were fleeing from besieged enclaves on opposite ends of Syria on Friday as two major battles in the multisided war entered deci(...)

Mourners attend the funeral of slain Brazilian councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco, outside Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Chamber in Brazil on Thursday. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

A popular Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was an outspoken critic of police killings of poor residents in shantytowns was gunned down in what po(...)

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister:  his fiery speech and rival rallies laid bare the country’s divisions. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban has urged his compatriots to use April’s elections to reject immigrants and a hostile foreign liberal elite, as tens of (...)

Palestinian women hold signs in Arabic reading “Refugees are the origin of the cause and the beginning of the tale”, during a demonstration outside the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) offices in Gaza City on Thursday. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Thursday it had received new cash pledges to enable it to keep working for a few mor(...)

Syrians from rebel-held Eastern Ghouta arrive at a government-held checkpoint in Adra after escaping the enclave through a corridor opened by government forces on Thursday. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Syrian civilians fled from a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing by foot to army positions in the first mass exodus from(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

Finns topped the UN’s happiness rankings. Photograph: Getty

Happy are the people of the Nordic nations, happier, in fact, than anyone else in the world. And the overall happiness of a country is almost identica(...)

British PM Theresa May: “We will freeze Russian state assets wherever we have evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of UK nationals or residents.” Photograph: PA

After days of sabre-rattling, British PM Theresa May’s response to the Salisbury attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal was, on the face of it, a modest o(...)

Minister of State Finian McGrath, who has special responsibility for disabilities, has said there is legal disagreement over whether parents and families are allowed to place elderly or disabled relatives in institutions against their will. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Ratified, up to a point

The Department of Justice has, once again, found reasons for not doing the generous thing for a disadvantaged group of people. This time, it was decid(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: State media is claiming credit for Beijing in helping to bring about the easing of tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Photograph: Etienne Oliveau/Reuters

President Xi Jinping has said China and South Korea should improve communication and properly resolve sensitive issues, after news of a possible summi(...)

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