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Former Irish president Mary Robinson and Graça Machel, widow of former president Nelson Mandela, join a walk to commemorate what would have been Mandela’s 99th birthday in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Fifty-two grassroots organisations from around the world are to be promoted by The Elders – a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela – as p(...)

Gardaí engage in a shoving match with protesters outside the Corrib gas terminal site in Ballinaboy, Co Mayo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Energy company Shell has sold its 45 per cent stake in the Corrib gas field to a unit of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a deal worth (...)

Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, political activist, born August 21st, 1929; died March 28th,  2017. Photograph: EPA/Dai Kurokawa
Obituary: Ahmed Kathrada

Ahmed Kathrada, who has died aged 87, was one of eight South African freedom fighters jailed for life in the 1964 Rivonia trial, along with Nelson Man(...)

Supporters of the Support Palestine group hold placards and protest  in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Biraj/AFP/Getty Images

The author of a controversial UN report which accused Israel of operating an apartheid-like regime towards Palestinians is among the speakers due to a(...)

Ahmed Kathrada with former South African president and fellow Robben Island prisoner  Nelson Mandela  in Cape Town in 1999. Photograph: Reuters

Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Nelson Mandela and went on to be an ope(...)

Myanmar’s foreign minister,  Aung San Suu Kyi: there is renewed international criticism that her government has done too little to help the Rohingya. Photograph: Wong Maye-E/AP

More than a dozen Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai urged the UN Security Council on Thursday to end “ethnic clea(...)

Arnaldo Otegi has served several prison terms related to his involvement in the Basque radical left movement. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

An electoral authority has ruled that Basque separatist politician Arnaldo Otegi cannot run as a candidate in an upcoming regional election due to a c(...)

Ibrahim on apartheid: “We understood that the struggle was for our own humanity”

Getting an answer from Abdullah Ibrahim is like drawing water from a deep well. Most experienced musicians will have their patter down, and will – ha(...)

Basque leader Arnaldo Otegi speaks to  supporters after being released from prison on Tuesday. “This is an historic day, we’ll definitely remember this day for years to come,” one supporter said. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

Arnaldo Otegi, a leading Basque separatist figure who has long been seen as a major influence on the terrorist group Eta, has been freed after six yea(...)

Arnaldo Otegi speaks after being released from Logrono’s prison on March 1st, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Arnaldo Otegi, a leading figure of the Basque independence movement who has long been seen as a major influence on the terrorist group Eta, has been f(...)

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