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 Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun (18) being escorted by a Thai immigration officer and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Photograph:  Handout/Thai Immigration Bureau/AFP

The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her fami(...)

Victims of the Colombian armed conflict mark International Human Rights Day in Bogotá in December 2018. Colombia and Mexico accounted for just over half of last year’s total of 321 deaths of human rights defenders globally, said the Front Line Defenders report. Photograph: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images

A record number of human rights defenders were murdered during 2018 in a year that saw global progress set back by a rise in populist right-wing polit(...)

Guatemala’s president Jimmy Morales addresses the media on the country’s withdrawal from a  UN-sponsored anti-corruption commission at the National Palace in Guatemala City on Monday. Photograph:  Moises Castillo/AP

Guatemala has said it is withdrawing from a United Nations-backed anti-corruption commission which has been investigating the country’s president. Ji(...)

 Prof Sally-Ann Cryan is the senior author on a study that has developed a new treatment for tuberculosis. Photograph: Maxwell

A team of researchers led by Irish-based scientists has made a major breakthrough in tuberculosis treatment. The treatment is administered through an(...)

A Palestinian man rides a horse-drawn cart through a puddle following heavy rains in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on  December 30th. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) faces a critical year after its main source of funding from the United States government was cancel(...)

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission president, Corneille Nangaa (centre), leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa,  on December 29th,  2018. He has said it is unclear when the results of the election will be known following the delay in gathering tally sheets Photograph: Luis Tato/AFP/Getty

Preliminary results from Democratic Republic of Congo’s tumultuous presidential election was delayed past Sunday’s deadline, the head of the election (...)

Rakhine ethnic people, who fled from a conflict area, gather at War Taung village’s temporary camp, in Kyauk Taw Township, in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, on  January 3rd. 2019. Photograph: Nyunt Win

Buddhist Rakhine insurgents killed 13 policemen and injured nine in attacks on four police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday as the country m(...)

Colombian president Ivan Duque and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Cartagena on Wednesday. Photograph:  Nicolas Galeano/handout/EPA

The United States is deeply concerned about an increase in coca cultivation in Colombia, secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, but will wo(...)

“We think this legislation is not sound, it is not enforceable, and therefore I can’t support it,” Simon Coveney said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Independent Alliance may be given a free vote on a Bill banning the importation or sale of goods or services from settlements condemned by the Uni(...)

Point opposition candidate for the DRC presidential election Martin Fayulu at a news conference in Kinshasa. Photograph: Stefan Kleinowitz/EPA

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the cou(...)

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