Salvadorean soldiers patrol the streets following the government’s declaration of state of emergency, in San Salvador on Sunday. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP via Getty Images

María spent Monday looking for her 16-year-old son, checking various jails and juvenile detention centres with no luck – he was one of hundreds of peo(...)

 Afghan woman begs for alms during a snowfall in Kabul, earlier in January. Photograph: EPA/Stringer

Afghan farmer Abdul Qaher cannot remember a worse drought. Unable to feed his four children after losing his harvest, he took the drastic decision to (...)

Sergio Garrido is surrounded by supportrs on Monday after his election victory in Barinas, Venezuela. Photograph:  Federico Parra/AFP via Getty Images

Venezuela’s opposition has dealt an embarrassing blow to Nicolás Maduro’s ruling socialists by winning an election in the state where former president(...)

Muncipality workers receive wheat as wages distributed by the Taliban government in Kabul on Thursday. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

At a hospital in the remote province of Badakhshan in north-eastern Afghanistan, two-year-old Mohammad Yusuf relies on nutritional supplements to rest(...)

Anti-government protesters march in  Mandalay, Myanmar, on Tuesday, a day after a prison sentence was handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi. Photograph: AP

When a court in Myanmar on Monday handed down the first sentences in the junta’s long list of charges against Aung San Suu Kyi, it closed a chapter on(...)

 Iran’s resident Ebrahim Raisi (centre) visits a petrol station in Tehran on October 27th. Photograph: Iranian presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Nearly five months after hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected president of Iran, the Islamic republic and western powers have finally agreed a date on (...)

A roadside vendor selling dry fruits waits for customers at a market area in Kabul. Photograph:  Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Prices of everyday essentials such as flour, cooking oil and fuel have surged. Salaries have stopped being paid. Residents in pursuit of cash queue ou(...)

Outgoing Iranian  president Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s newly inaugurated president Ebrahim Raisi during a handover ceremony in Tehran. Photograph: Iranian Presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s eighth president, Ebrahim Raisi, faces the most daunting domestic, regional and international challenges confronting the Islamic republic since(...)

The Governor of the Mexican state of Michoacan, Silvano Aureoles, went to the headquarters of the Supreme Court of Justice on July 5th to present the evidence that he claims to have on the links between organised crime and the ruling party, the National Regeneration Movement (Morena). Photograph: Carlos Ramirez/EPA

Silvano Aureoles, outgoing governor of the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán, sat on a plastic stool outside the National Palace for hours l(...)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (centre) meeting with US secretary of state Anthony Blinken (second left) in Cairo on Wednesday. Photograph: Egyptian presidency/EPA

It took a war in Gaza for Joe Biden to make his first phone call to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the president of Egypt. The US president had snubbed Sisi (...)

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