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 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (L)  with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Monday. Photograph: PPO/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will this week enter his 17th year in office, although he was elected by popular vote in January 2005 for only one(...)

Gena Heraty, from Liscarney, Co Mayo, with residents and staff from Kay Christine Home, in Kenscoff, Haiti: “Nobody wants to donate money to an organisation to pay salaries. But staff are the ones who keep programmes going.”

The first day Gena Heraty went to work at a residential home in Haiti, she became a mother for the abandoned children in her care. She was 23 back the(...)

Muhammad Achour, a Syrian architect who came to Ireland in 2015 and is now a teaching assistant in DCU at the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Muhammad Achour first moved to Dublin’s Clonliffe Road and saw the crowds gathering for matches at Croke Park he was transported back to his own (...)

Katsrin city, an Israeli settlement organised as a local council in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty

The Israeli government has approved an ambitious plan to double the number of Jews living on the Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria in the 1(...)

Gabrielius Landsbergis, foreign minister of Lithuania: ‘We are convinced that Russia is actually preparing for all-out war against Ukraine.’ Photograph: Gints Ivuskans/Pool/AFP via Getty

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russian private military contractor the Wagner Group on Monday, accusing it of covert activities, killings and(...)

Former Danish immigration minister Inger Stojberg: became infamous internationally when she marked the introduction of her 50th restrictive immigration measure with a celebratory cake. Photograph: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

A former Danish minister who was responsible for some of the Scandinavian country’s toughest policies on immigration has been sentenced to 60 days in (...)

 Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu: “There’s huge unemployment, life is expensive, people cannot make ends meet.”  Photograph: Alp Eren Kaya/Republican People’s Party

For years, Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu suffered ridicule for his mild-mannered demeanour and failure to make inroads at election afte(...)

A poster of President Bashar Assad hangs from the ruins of a shopping centre in Homs, Syria, in 2014. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Built on the ashes of 10 years of war in Syria, an illegal drug industry run by powerful associates and relatives of president Bashar Assad has grown (...)

Boko Harem is infamous for its attacks on schools, including the April 2016 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls from Chibok in Nigeria. File photograph: Getty

When his child found the leaflet on the ground, Mohammed, who is illiterate, was not able to read it. Instead he pocketed the piece of paper, only sho(...)

Muslims pose for a photograph outside the Kul Sharif mosque  in Kazan during a celebration of Eid al-Fitr festival on May 13th last. Photograph: Yegor Aleyev/Tass via Getty Images

A fortress razed and then rebuilt by a triumphant Ivan the Terrible would seem to be an unlikely symbol of tolerance and inclusivity. But the snow-wh(...)

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