Police officers stand next to Jim Nickel, the charge d’affaires of the Canadian embassy in Beijing, as he stands outside the court   during the trial of Michael Kovrig, a Canadian detained more than two years ago in China on espionage charges. Photograph: Nicolas Asfori/AFP/Getty

Canadian diplomats were denied entry to the trial of a former colleague on espionage charges in China, as more than two dozen western countries expre(...)

 Violence has escalated since rebel groups that control two-thirds of the mineral-rich country launched an offensive in the run-up to December 27th presidential elections. Photograph: Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images

Central African Republic (CAR) troops backed by Russian paramilitaries and Rwandan troops have killed 44 rebels who were part of a plot to mount an as(...)

A member of the Amhara Special Forces next to a machine gun at an improvised camp in the front of a shop in Humera, Ethiopia: In October, when the central government cut its funding, the Tigray’s leadership said it was akin to a “declaration of war”. Photograph:  Eduardo Soteras/AFP

Driving through central Addis Ababa last month, my driver scowled as his small taxi passed under a giant poster of Ethiopia’s prime minister and Nobel(...)

A Syrian boy in a camp for displaced Syrians from Idlib and Aleppo provinces, near the town of Maaret Misrin in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Three doctors and a nurse have contracted Covid-19 in Syria’s northwesternern province Idlib, raising fears of an outbreak in this rebel-held territor(...)

Protesters in face masks hold up placards with messages rejecting a new civil conflict during an anti-government rally in front of the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, at the weekend. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Lebanon needs emergency aid and urgent reforms to rescue its citizens from the country’s worst economic, political and social disaster, according to t(...)

South Sudan president Salva Kiir  giving a press conference  with his former vice-president  Riek Machar (right)  in the capital Juba. They  confirmed  they had agreed to a joint government. Photograph: Getty Images

After two postponements and right on the cusp of a key deadline feuding South Sudanese leaders Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are set to form a unity gove(...)

 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and the head of the country’s nuclear agency inspecting nuclear technology last April. Photograph: EPA/Iranian Presidency Office

Germany, Britain and France have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in response to Tehran’s decision to lift the r(...)

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks on Wednesday at the case filed   by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

In a remarkable show of solidarity with the generals who once imprisoned her, Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has issued a detailed denia(...)

People celebrate in Khartoum on Friday after protest leaders agree a deal with the country’s military to share power until elections can be held. Photograph: Marwan Ali/EPA

Sudan’s protest leaders were on Friday celebrating a deal to share power with the country’s military until elections can be held as a victory for thei(...)

Supporters of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at an election campain rally  in Batman, south east Turkey, on March 12th. Photograph:  Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

When police came to arrest her as the campaign for Turkey’s local elections got under way, Berivan Kutlu was not surprised: it was the third time the (...)

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