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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he prepares to deliver a speech  in Istanbul, on Sunday, following the local elections. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Long before he became a populist strongman with pretensions to regional leadership, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the classic local fixer-politician. The f(...)

Supporters of Republican People’s Party (CHP) celebrate on a main square in Ankara, Turkey.  Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s opposition looked poised to win control of the country’s two biggest cities as it dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative party o(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Aziza al-Youssef is pictured checking her phone during an interview in Riyadh in September 2016. She has been released from prison but remains on trial. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

A Saudi court has temporarily freed three of the women’s rights activists standing trial in a case that has drawn international criticism of the kingd(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who is alleged to have suffered electric shocks, beatings, waterboarding and sexual harassment during detention. Photograph: Reuters

Human rights groups have condemned the trials in Saudi Arabia of 11 women activists who campaigned against male guardianship, which treats women as mi(...)

 Japan’s Olympic Committee President (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda  says he will step down in June, as French authorities probe his involvement in payments made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Games. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Tsunekazu Takeda, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo l(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman:  alleged to have been stripped of some of his  authority. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

The heir to the Saudi throne has not attended a series of high-profile ministerial and diplomatic meetings in Saudi Arabia over the last fortnight and(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  greets supporters during an AK Party  local election campaign rally in Izmir. Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP/Getty Images

The New Zealand government has criticised Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after he repeatedly showed video footage of the Christchurch mosqu(...)

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. Photograph: Marieke Wijntjes/Handout/Rueters

Saudi Arabian women’s rights activists stood trial on Wednesday for the first time since their arrest over nine months ago, a case that has intensifie(...)

Two unnamed Saudi sisters, aged 18 and 20, stand in front of a view of the building which houses the local Saudi consulate in Hong Kong on February 22nd. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty

Ahead of today’s celebrations of International Women’s Day, 36 countries, including all EU member states, signed a statement criticising Saudi Arabia’(...)

Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud: well-versed in Washington’s ways. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP

The appointment of Reema bint Bandar as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US makes her the first female envoy in the kingdom’s history. She replaces Pr(...)

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