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Former  UN secretary general Kofi Annan:  plaudits for his  softly spoken mediation are balanced by a number of ugly conflicts that spun out of control while he was UN chief. Photograph: EPA

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died on Saturday, will be remembered as a dedicated humanit(...)

 A Palestinian employee sorts  undelivered post at the Palestinian central international exchange post office in the West Bank city of Jericho. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israeli occupying forces have allowed 10 tonnes of mail to be handed to Palestinian postal workers after preventing the letters and parcels from enter(...)

US pastor Andrew Brunson arrives at his home in Izmir, Turkey, after being released from  prison into house arrest in July of this year. The move was allowed on the  grounds of ill health, according to  Turkish authorities.   File photograph: Demiroren News Agency/DHA via Reuters

For more than two decades, American pastor Andrew Brunson lived a quiet life in Izmir. Every Sunday, he preached to a Presbyterian congregation of abo(...)

Munther al-Sudani shows off a tattoo of his brother, Captain Harith al-Sudani, in Baghdad. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

The driver was sweating as his white Kia pick-up truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets(...)

Some of the correspondence questioned the celebratory scenes in Dublin Castle on the day of the referendum count. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris were referred to as “godless”, “sinners”, an “instrument of the devil” and as promoting th(...)

Jordanian emergency services and security forces at a damaged building during a police raid on a house sheltering terrorists suspected of detonating  a bomb under a police van. Photograph:  Getty Images

Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed to hunt down and hold to account perpetrators of two violent incidents that killed six security officers and wounded (...)

The old district of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang province, in 2016  . Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is an autonomous region that is home to 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

International pressure is growing on China after reports that more than one million ethnic Uighurs are being interned in political re-education camps (...)

Muhanad Jazmati from Syria living in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Syrian man who came to Ireland in 2015 has been refused family reunification with his wife and sons because his marriage is viewed as polygamous und(...)

The scene following an explosion at an arms depot in a residential area in Sarmada, Syria. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

An explosion in a residential building thought to be storing weapons and ammunition in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib killed at least 39 people, including (...)

Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian military has deployed along the borders of al-Qaeda-dominated Idlib province and has begun shelling insurgents’ positions, prompting fears (...)

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