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 (...)

John Quindos, who lost his wife, his daughter and her three children in the Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crash. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

John Quindos wailed and hyperventilated so violently that officials rushed him to a first-aid station. Then, as the magnitude sunk in, he lost his voi(...)

Students hold an Algerian flag as they take part in a protest in Algiers on Tuesday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

As protests raged across Algeria against a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing leader was languishing in a Swiss hospital, the s(...)

Kenyan security forces walk outside the DusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images.

Kenya’s president sought to restore calm on Wednesday, saying that a deadly attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants on a hotel complex in Nairobi was(...)

A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Canadian businessman Michael Spavor after at an airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 3rd, 2013. Photograph: KCNA/EPA

A second Canadian citizen is under investigation by Chinese authorities, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries following the arrest of a fo(...)

Syrian refugees on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul: more than 3.7 million Syrians are registered in Turkey.  Photograph: Bulent kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is home to more displaced Syrians than any other country, but growing intercommunal violence between refugees and their hosts is straining rela(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The militia is dominated by the Kurdish group known as  YPG, which the United States regards as its most reliable partner in the area. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/the New York Times

They seek to sweep away borders and establish a stateless society. Their female fighters struggle and die beside male comrades. Their leftist, anti-Is(...)

 Tunisians wave national flags during a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis last month. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

For those of us who were there – apart, presumably, from the family, friends and entourage of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the dictator who had just been (...)

Arab Spring: seven years after Tunisians took to the streets to oust Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, crowds rallied in search of the lost promise of that uprising. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/ Reuters
Tunisia: simmering discontent

Seven years after Tunisians took to the streets to oust the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, crowds returned to the streets of Tunis in recent days i(...)

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