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Hakeem Al-Araibi   alongside former Australia soccer captain Craig Foster  at Melbourne International Airport on Tuesday. Photograph: David Crosling/EPA

A refugee Bahraini footballer who was held in a Thai prison for more than two months at the Gulf state’s request arrived in his adoptive home Australi(...)

Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee and Australian resident, being escorted to a courtroom in Bangkok on February 4th. He is on his way back to Australia. Photograph:  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

A refugee footballer has been freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition t(...)

 Christian worshippers attending a Mass led by Pope Francis, at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of Catholics and several thousand Muslims attended an unprecedented public celebration of Mass on Tuesday by Pope Francis, the first(...)

Hakeem al-Araibi, a former Bahrain national team footballer with refugee status in Australia, is escorted by immigration police to a court in Bangkok on December 11th, 2018. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Dissident Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, an Australian resident, remains in a Bangkok prison after being arrested on a Bahraini warrant last No(...)

US president Donald Trump ‘Elections have consequences’. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP

US president Donald Trump has said he has “no idea” whether he can get a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for his border wall as the partial US go(...)

A banner depicting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Douma: Unless Syria recovers, millions of Syrian refugees will stay in host countries. Photograph: Marko Djurica

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have begun to normalise relations with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with the aim of reducing Iran(...)

Victims of the Colombian armed conflict mark International Human Rights Day in Bogotá in December 2018. Colombia and Mexico accounted for just over half of last year’s total of 321 deaths of human rights defenders globally, said the Front Line Defenders report. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

A record number of human rights defenders were murdered during 2018 in a year that saw global progress set back by a rise in populist right-wing polit(...)

Syrian civilians cross from rebel-held areas in Idlib province into regime-held territories on December 27th, 2018. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/ AFP/Getty

Battles between rival insurgent factions in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province have killed dozens of fighters over the past week and left al-Qaeda af(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has noted that Irish policy makers must ‘raise our voice in an appropriate way and at the right opportunities, so that our concerns are taken seriously and acted upon’  Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has expressed concern about the “considerable restrictions of fundamental freedoms” in Bahrain following th(...)

Vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum:  the UAE is among the countries engaged in a economic and diplomatic boycott of Doha since mid-2017. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty

A Gulf Arab summit called for regional unity as Bahrain and Qatar traded barbs over the Qatari emir’s decision not to attend the gathering in Saudi Ar(...)

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