Paul Rusesabagina (centre) attends court with his coaccused at the start of his trial at the supreme court in Kigali, Rwanda  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eugene Uwimana/EPA

A businessman portrayed as a hero in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda went on trial on terrorism charges in Kigali on Wednesday. Paul Rusesabagi(...)

Paul Rusesabagina  in Washington, DC, in January, 2016. Photograph: Marvin Joseph/Washington Post via Getty Images

He was lauded as a hero during the grim days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, credited with saving the lives of more than 1,200 people he sheltered at hi(...)

Tunisians  gather at Mohamed Bouazizi Square in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17th 2020, during commemorations of the 10th anniversary of Bouazizi’s self-immolation which triggered a wave of protests across the North African country. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

When a Tunisian street vendor set himself alight a decade ago to protest over the confiscation of his handcart and fruit by police, he never imagined (...)

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters celebrate in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province on Thursday. Photograph: Abdulaziz Ketaz/AFP via Getty Images

Syrian rebels backed by Turkish forces said on Thursday they had recaptured the crossroads town of Saraqeb, in a first big push-back of a Syrian gover(...)

Civilians flee the conflict zone in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib on Thursday. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces opened a corridor on Thursday for people who want to leave insurgent territory in northwest Syria, where an army offensive ha(...)

Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims at the site of a reported air strike on the village of Deir Sharki on the eastern outskirts of Maaret al-Numan in Syria’s northern province of Idlib on Saturday. Photograph: Abdulaziz Ketaz/AFP/Getty

Air strikes have resulted in the deaths of more than two dozen civilians in northwestern Syria in the last two days in an escalation of a Russian-bac(...)

Hundreds of students gather to protest the decision of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) to run for a fifth term, in Algiers, earlier this week. Photograph:  Anis Belghoul/AP Photo

The 250,000 US diplomatic cables dumped online by Wikileaks in 2010 – a vast compendium of intelligence, insight, gossip and idle speculation – remain(...)

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(...)

A busy street in the northern city of Idlib, Syria’s mostly rebel-held province. Photograph:   Muhammad Haj Kadour / AFP

Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in Syria has consolidated its hold over the northwestern Idlib province, opening the door for a postponed Syrian army offensive ag(...)

Syrian civilians cross from rebel-held areas in Idlib province into regime-held territories on December 27th, 2018. Photograph:  George Ourfalian/ AFP/Getty

Battles between rival insurgent factions in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province have killed dozens of fighters over the past week and left al-Qaeda af(...)

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