Tajikistan

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‘In a world of mobile cash transfers and blockchain, the remittance business surely cannot live in a time warp for much longer.’ File photograph: Alan Betson

To see how remittances are changing the world, visit Vila Fabril, a suburb of Anápolis, a Cork-sized city a few hours south of Brasilia. Surrounded by(...)

A statue of Mao shaking hands with a Uighur villager in Hotan, southwestern Xinjiang, China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Visiting Urumqi recently, the capital of the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang, you somehow had the feeling you were never alone. Whenever I l(...)

Tajikistan’s president Emomali Rahmon (third from left) pictured with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2009. Photograph: AP/Ria Novosti

Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan(...)

Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbayev waves to audience during a rally in  April, 2015. File photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters

Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced his resignation on Tuesday saying the oil-rich central Asian nation he has ruled for 30 y(...)

The EU and European Economic Area has seen a 20 per cent drop in the rate of new diagnoses among men who have sex with men since 2015

The number of people diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Ireland rose by 8 per cent last year with 531 diagnoses in 2018, up from 492(...)

A six-meter high cartoon baby blimp of Donald Trump is flown as a protest against his visit in Parliament Square in London, England in July. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Photo

Even by the standards of the Trump presidency, this week’s developments regarding the US president’s visit to Ireland were bewildering. Less than two (...)

Nepali activists demand justice after the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, in Kathmandu on August 25th. Photograph: Dipen Shrestha/AFP/Getty

Low between the hills that surround the Kathmandu valley, the lush green landscape around Nepal’s capital belies a troubling debate taking place in th(...)

Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan in France. They began their trip in July 2017 and arrived in Europe in December. Photograph: Simplycycling.org via The New York Times

Asked why they had quit their office jobs and set off on a biking journey around the world, the young American couple offered a simple explanation: Th(...)

Emilie Konig, a 33-year-old French woman suspected of recruiting fighters for  Islamic State and now in the custody of the Kurdish Syrian  People’s Protection Units, speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria. Her future is uncertain. In Baghdad, more than 40 foreign women accused of joining Isis have  been sentenced to death. Photograph: YPG press office/AFP/Getty Images

In a small holding room in a Baghdad court, French citizen Djamila Boutoutao cradled her two-year-old daughter and begged for help. Boutoutao (29) is(...)

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Biopharmaceutical firm Amryt has signed a deal with Aegerion Pharmaceuticals to expand its exclusive licence agreement for Lojuxta (lomitapide). The(...)

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