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Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil Brazil began a sombre new era on January 1st with the inauguration of its new president, far-right 63-year-old populist provocateur Jair Bolso(...)

Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Ibrahim Khraishi during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss “the deteriorating human rights situation” in the Palestinian Territories. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Israel says it won’t co-operate with the inquiry called for by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday into recent violence on the Is(...)

 Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term, on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97 per cent of the vote in last week’s election, ac(...)

The Great Siege monument in Valletta, Malta, was turned into a shrine for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after she was killed by a car bomb last October. Photograph: Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump is many things, a lot of them bad, but he’s not among the world’s foremost oppressors of the media, as the Committee to Protect Journalis(...)

Fr Rewas Anba Bishoy celebrates Mass at Saints Maximus and Domadius Coptic Church on St Alphonsus Road, Dublin. Photograph: Shawn Pogatchnik

You may think Christmas is done and dusted for another year, but in the Coptic corners of Ireland, the greatest celebration of the season arrives at m(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo on September 18th. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

The Egypt that Ibrahim Halawa will leave within days after spending four years in prison is a military-run state where human rights are regularly brea(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo on September 18th. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

More than three weeks after he was acquitted of all charges against him, Ibrahim Halawa remains in prison in Egypt, and Irish authorities appear to be(...)

After four years of detention, Irish man Ibrahim Halawa was cleared of all charges relating to a protest in August 2013.  Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says he is very frustrated by the delays in the release of Ibrahim Halawa. However, he said he wanted to (...)

Palestinian boys stand by a fence as they wait for the arrival of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his government at Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters
Gaza: unity, for now

By agreeing to cede control of the Gaza Strip to a unity government led by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas has taken a welcome step towards Palestini(...)

Members of the Halawa family – Nosayba, Omaima (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia – celebrate at home in Dublin after hearing news of their brother Ibrahim’s acquittal in Cairo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In normal circumstances, the outcome of Ibrahim Halawa’s trial would have been a foregone conclusion. Not a single piece of evidence implicating him i(...)

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