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German Chancellor Angela Merkel: German law on online hate speech  puts the country at the forefront of global efforts to police the internet. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/ EPA

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has sharply criticised Twitter’s decision to ban US president Donald Trump, calling it a “problematic” breach of the(...)

People lay flowers outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine where Samuel Paty worked as a history teacher. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP.

A history teacher decapitated outside his secondary school in a Paris suburb on Friday after he showed a caricature of the prophet Muhammad to his pup(...)

Lawyers for the defendant during the trial of suspected Russian assassin Vadim K in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

A Russian man has gone on trial in Germany accused of killing an exiled Chechen rebel leader in a Berlin park last year – allegedly on the orders of t(...)

 Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman arrives  at Leinster House. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman says he has become the victim of a “far-right social media pile-on” by groups using misinformation to play on c(...)

Oyub Titiev, the head of human rights group Memorial in Chechnya, at his verdict hearing at a court  in Chechnya. Photograph: Said Tsarnayev/Reuters

A court in the Russian republic of Chechnya sentenced an award-winning human rights defender to four years in jail on Monday on narcotics charges that(...)

Soldiers inspect vehicles in Zamboanga, in the Philippines, the gateway to the southern islands of Jolo and Basilan. Photograph: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Across the islands of the southern Philippines, the black flag of Islamic State is flying over what the group considers its East Asia province. Men in(...)

Oyub Titiyev faces four years in jail and fines if found guilty. Photograph:  Yelena Afonina\TASS via Getty Images

Prosecutors in Russia’s Chechen Republic have recommended that the human rights activist Oyub Titiev be jailed for four years at the close of a contro(...)

Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, reportedly said LGBT people in Chechnya should be removed ‘to cleanse our blood’. Photograph: Valery Sharifulin\/TASS via Getty Images

Two people have been killed and nearly 40 detained in a new crackdown on LGBT people in Russia’s Chechnya region, activists said in a report on Monday(...)

 Chechnya has been ruled since 2006 by Ramzan Kadyrov (right), who has helped the Kremlin crush a long-running Islamist insurgency while running the region as a personal fiefdom. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin\TASS via Getty Images

The Kremlin has failed to address grave human rights abuses in the Russian republic of Chechnya, where the authorities exert control by violently and (...)

British prosecutors charged two Russians – Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – with attempted murder for the Novichok poisoning of the Skripals in March. Photograph: PA

The real identity of one of the men wanted by Britain for the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter is An(...)

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