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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(...)

Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov poses for a photo with Egypt national and Liverpool star striker Mohamed Salah in Grozny, Russia during the 2018 World Cup. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of Chechnya, has ordered an official crackdown on human rights groups in the North Caucasus Russian republic, accusing t(...)

Photograph: Klubovy/E+/Getty

Not many Dublin residents’ courtship stories involve the KGB. But Conor O’Clery, the former Irish Times foreign correspondent, and his wife, Zhanna, m(...)

A Ukrainian police officer is pictured on guard at  an apartment block where Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was shot, in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

A Russian journalist has been shot and killed at his Kiev apartment, Ukrainian police said. Arkady Babchenko died on the way to hospital after his wi(...)

A bullet hole in the window of a cafe located near the area where a knife attacker was shot dead by police officers in central Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP Photo

A knife-wielding attacker who killed a passerby and injured four others in Paris on Saturday evening had been flagged as a security risk and interview(...)

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