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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkish bar associations are for the first time boycotting a supreme court ceremony at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s palace, saying it undermines t(...)

India’s federal government has tightened security measures in the northern disputed Jammu and Kashmir region, ahead of the country’s Independence Day (...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul accused the authorities of holding them in solitary confinement, sexual assault and administering beatings and electric shocks. Photograph: Reuters

A prominent Saudi women’s rights activist has rejected an offer that would see her freed in return for agreeing to sign and record a statement saying (...)

Ahmet Davutoglu and wife Sare Davutoglu in 2016: said when he decided to raise his voice, no mainstream Turkish station would broadcast him. Photograph: Gokhan Tan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party is wrought with “widespread unhappiness”, his former prime minister has warned as he raised the prospect(...)

 Huda al-Badri (30) poses behind the steering wheel of a car after Saudi Arabia eased its restrictions on women drivers in 2018. Photograph: Ahmed Yosri/EPA

Saudi Arabia’s partial lifting of its guardianship law, which it announced on Friday, is a significant step toward the abolition of the practice of ma(...)

Saudi women get into a taxi  in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need the permission of a male guardian to travel, according to new laws published on Friday, in a key step toward(...)

The Dutch child was believed to have been living in the northwest of Syria, parts of which have seen intense fighting. Photograph:   Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

An 11-year-old Dutch girl has been flown home to the Netherlands from Syria in what appears to be the first case in Europe of the repatriation of a ch(...)

Aside from being leapfrogged by Belfast, Dublin ranked behind a plethora of European cities including Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Stockholm and London which remained in third place

Belfast has overtaken Dublin in a survey that assesses a city’s ability to foster growth of businesses owned by women. The Women Entrepreneur Cities(...)

 Emirati forces – trained recruits of the Yemeni army – perform combat training in Yemen in 2017. Photograph: Najeeb Almahboobi/EPA

The United Arab Emirates is cutting troop numbers in Yemen and shifting from a “military-first strategy” to a “peace-first strategy” for the war-devas(...)

Syrian refugees remove a corrugated metal as they dismantle their shelters at the Lebanese border town of Arsal. Photograph: Reuters/Hassan Abdallah

Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the three regional countries hosting 5.6 million Syrian refugees, are struggling under the burden. Economic crises in all(...)

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