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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Since January, 104 people have been executed, compared to 148 during the whole of 2018, and detentions have multiplied. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace

Saudi Arabia’s execution on Tuesday of 37 men, the majority of them Shias sentenced to death for terrorism, could exacerbate tensions within the kingd(...)

Sunset, Jemma El Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco

“I believe that Marrakesh ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, mak(...)

JLo: the star says Hollywood hasn’t given her her fair share. Now she’s fixing that. Photograph: Natalia Mantini/NYT

It is supposed to be Jennifer Lopez’s day off. Cue visions of her lounging by her infinity pool in Bel Air, friends hanging, tunes turned up. Instead (...)

Cleveland Dam in  Vancouver. Photograph: Hazel Norton

Hazel Norton moved to Vancouver 18 months ago with her husband, Mark Cullen. In Ireland she was a secondary school teacher, and she now works in profe(...)

US president Donald Trump holds a chart of military hardware sales as he welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington in  March 2018. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has said the kingdom will not accept any regional peace plan that fails to address the status of Arab territory occupied by(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik said 2018 would be a key year for women’s rights in Ireland because of the upcoming referendum on the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: michaelbehan.ie

“We live in a culture where women are trying to make their voices fit into a space that is not constructed for the female voice.That’s the conversatio(...)

The scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, one of two  bomb blasts that struck  Somalia’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

More than 200 people were killed by twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, officials said on Sunday,(...)

Muslims praying at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Nearly two million pilgrims on Wednesday celebrate the joyous feast that is the culmination of the annual hajj, although more than a dozen of their nu(...)

Israeli security forces remove metal detectors which were recently installed at the holy site. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel removed metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday in favour of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm(...)

Mecca attack: Saudi security forces inspect the site of the foiled terror plot. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty

Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of th(...)

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