Men seen on an armed vehicle during a protest near the defence ministry building in Khartoum, Sudan, in a still image taken from a social media video on Tuesday. Photograph:   Mohamed Musa via Reuters

About 20 people have been killed and many injured during attempts by troops loyal to Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, to disperse demonstrators dema(...)

A roadside poster of Chinese president Xi Jinping,  in Beijing, last week: Under Xi, China is increasingly autocratic and illiberal. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

“Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Thus in 1956 did Nikita Khrushchev, then first secretary of the Communist part(...)

Many years ago, Percy French wrote a song about the West Clare Railway which, though it may not have been fast or comfortable, seems to have been a ki(...)

A spokesman for retired Libyan general Khalifa Haftar said his irregular forces had carried out the assault on the parliament as part of his campaign against Islamist militants. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters.

Heavily armed gunmen stormed into Libya’s parliament today after attacking the building with anti-aircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.The i(...)

A man holds a placard during a demonstration earlier this week rallying against recent violence in Freedom Square, Benghazi, Libya. The card reads: “No to killing, bombing and sabotage”. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Libyan interim prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni handed his resignation to parliament today after less than two weeks in the post, saying gunme(...)

Libya’s prime minister Ali Zeidan speaks during a news conference in Tripoli today. Mr Zeidan appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters.

Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament, whose mandate was du(...)