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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(...)

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(...)

Rufus Norris at a rehearsal of Macbeth in the Royal National Theatre London

In conversation, Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the National Theatre of London, can sound a little like a foreign correspondent, bringing alar(...)

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro,  promised to end demarcation of new indigenous lands, reduce the power of environmental agencies and free up mining and commercial farming on indigenous reserves. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Hours after taking office, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has launched an assault on environmental and Amazon protections with an executive o(...)

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president, and his wife Michelle: “We have a unique opportunity before us to reconstruct our country and rescue the hope of our compatriots.” Photograph: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Jair Bolsonaro has been sworn in as the 42nd president of Brazil, to the delight of passionate supporters, many of whom had travelled to its modernist(...)

Staff workers take  stands apart before the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 15th. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski

The backdrop coming into the UN annual climate summit was dire; from where the world is at in responding to global warming to scientific indications o(...)

US federal regulatory rollbacks have increased the attractiveness of investing in the dirtiest fossil fuel projects globally, while the US withdrawal from the agreement “has created moral and political cover for others to follow suit”

Three years after the Paris agreement on climate change was agreed, the annual gathering of 195 signatory countries was scheduled to finalise a rulebo(...)

A person holds flags as doctors of the ‘Mais Medicos’ (More Doctors) programme prepare to depart Brazil at the Brasilia International Airport. Photograph: Alves Joedson/EPA

The first of thousands of Cuban doctors left Brazil on Thursday after criticism by Brazil’s far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro prompted Cuba’s g(...)

Demonstrators march during a protest in Sydney to demand humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

After Trump in the US, Erdogan in Turkey, Bolsonaro in Brazil and gains for extremist parties across Europe, Australia might have been expected to fol(...)

Human history is littered with tales of once-mighty empires and civilisations that crumbled into the dust. While the causes of such collapses are many(...)

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