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 Arturo Cruz Sequeira: the 67-year-old professor and former diplomat, who announced his presidential candidacy two months ago for the conservative Citizen Alliance for Freedom, was among the initial group  detained in early June. Photograph: Inti Ocon/AFP via Getty Images

The government of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega arrested five opposition leaders during a major weekend round-up, in what appears to be widesprea(...)

 Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina flashes the victory symbol after casting her vote at a polling station in Dhaka. Photograph: STR/EPA

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s alliance won Bangladesh’s election with a thumping majority, the country’s Election Commission said on Monday, giving h(...)

Venezuelan soldiers try to control the crowd queueing outside a supermarket while trying to buy staple items. An 80-year-old woman reportedly died in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidised goods. Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

An 80-year-old Venezuelan woman died, possibly from trampling, in a scrum outside a state supermarket selling subsidized goods, the opposition and med(...)

Afghan police investigate the site of a suicide attack which saw two bombs exploded outside a hotel in western Kabul where Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah was holding a rally. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Two bombs exploded outside a hotel in western Kabul where Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah was holding a rally, striking his car and (...)

 Douglas Gageby, former editor of The Irish Times, with John Hume in 1992.   Photograph: Joe St Leger

Fifty years ago, The Irish Times published a strong challenge to the nationalist consensus (...)

The Stasi files, which in total occupy 111km of shelf space. Despite the open-file approach, the Stasi files remain a specialist interest.

Stack up the files left behind by East Germany’s feared secret police – the Stasi – and you could fill the road from Newry to Dublin. A quarter(...)