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US president Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump, posing for a picture with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud during the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology “Etidal” in Riyadh in May 2017. Saudi Arabia was defeated in its attempt to win election to the UN Human Rights Council last week. Photograph:   Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

The UN’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace a widely discredited predecessor which had been tarnished by the poor ri(...)

Police secures the scene during Peter Madsen’s attempt to escape prison in Albertslund, Denmark. Photograph: Nils Meilvang/EPA

A Danish inventor convicted of killing a journalist aboard his homemade submarine in Copenhagen in 2017 briefly escaped from prison on Tuesday, accor(...)

 Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on an official visit to Paris in  April, 2018. (Photograph: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s failure to secure membership of the UN human rights council is a rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a social reformer who is a(...)

US president Donald Trump waves goodbye to cheering supporters as he departs his campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida on Monday, October 12th, 2020. Photograph: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Twenty years ago the eyes of the world turned to Florida, as the identity of America’s next president lay in the balance. On election night 2000, TV n(...)

 US president Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden: The average of national polls run by Real Clear Politics has put Biden’s lead at about nine percentage points. Photograph:  Jim Watson, Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

As the US presidential campaign enters its final weeks, polls are showing Democratic candidate Joe Biden with a decisive lead. But with the memory of (...)

A woman stands in front of a destroyed house  in the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s main city of Stepanakert on Thursday, during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

In Russia’s self-proclaimed sphere of influence, Russia is losing its influence. Concurrent crises in Belarus, Central Asia and the Caucasus region ha(...)

A woman holds her younger child while standing in a burned out area in the recently attacked village of Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia, Mozambique. Photograph:  Marco Longari/AFP

Mozambique’s request to the European Union for support to tackle a growing Islamist insurgency has raised questions about the role some of southern Af(...)

US president Donald Trump: His refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election has sparked fears of a constitutional crisis.  Photograph: Joe Raedle

US president Donald Trump urged Latino voters in Florida on Friday to endorse him in November’s election, warning that a vote for Joe Biden could hera(...)

American entrepreneur Chuck Feeney (centre) signs papers to dissolve his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation at his office in San Francisco. The signing was witnessed by Christopher Oechsli, president and chief executive of the foundation, and Mr Feeney’s wife Helga.

Veteran American entrepreneur Chuck Feeney has signed the papers to dissolve his Atlantic Philanthropies foundation that provided more than $8 billion(...)

A man stands in a flooded street in  Haiti,  during the passage of Tropical Storm Laura. Photograph:  Estailove St-Val/AFP via Getty Images

Coastal residents in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Cuba were evacuating on Sunday, while roads turned to rivers in Haiti’s capital city, as twin hu(...)

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