A woman flashes the three-finger salute as demonstrators march during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Rubbish piled up on the streets of Myanmar’s main city of Yangon on Tuesday after activists launched a “garbage strike” to oppose military rule. The(...)

Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi rally outside the embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday. The European Rohingya Council condemned the arrests of the country’s leaders  despite Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingya people. Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

A group representing Rohingya people living in Europe has described the military coup in Myanmar as “unacceptable” and condemned the arrest of Aung Sa(...)

“... There are those, best symbolised by residents in care homes but not restricted to them, whose needs have never been too far up the policy agenda and not just during the pandemic. This includes, of course, the elderly.” File photograph: iStock

Government files under embargo have been opened and people are no doubt looking back, as we do every year, with that customary range of reaction to th(...)

A man holds a newborn baby as migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine arrive on a dinghy after crossing part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos. Photograph: Elias Marcou

Asylum seekers arriving in Greece have “little chance of a fair asylum procedure” and risk being deported straight back to Turkey, it has been claimed(...)

For punch-drunk financial markets, truly scary numbers seem to have lost their shock value. Graphic: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

For punch-drunk financial markets, truly scary numbers seem to have lost their shock value. Take Chinese data published on Friday, showing the world’(...)

Dear prime minister, people in Northern Ireland are feeling anxious about the future direction due to Brexit. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Dear prime minister, I wrote to you in July via an op-ed piece in the online version of the Daily Telegraph. You have had a lot of correspondence and(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Mr Howlin says both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are “chameleons” who will change their polices to get into power. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil has a policy platform that is more in line with what Labour wants to achieve if it re-enters government than Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Fine(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to every Catalan move towards this referendum with block-headed predictability, perfectly fitting the script set out for him by the ‘Govern’ in Barcelona. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their ow(...)

Donald Trump: the US president told a rally in Ohio that the federal government was “liberating” American cities from immigrant crime gangs. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A rough inventory of July’s contribution to the global collapse of democracy would include Turkey’s show trial of leading journalists from Cumhuriyet (...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  “After the failed coup attempt last July, he started a large-scale purge of his “enemies”, arresting 45,000 people and firing or suspending 130,000. But he has 10 straight victories at the polls since 2002, and there is no doubting his popularity.” File photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

One of the first congratulatory calls Recep Erdogan received on Monday , after his successful constitutional crusade, was from Donald Trump, no less. (...)

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