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A memorial service marking the 47th anniversary of the military coup, at Saints Constantinos and Eleni Church in Nicosia, Cyprus, last week. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

European history is full of treaties that create misgivings and recriminations between their signatories – compromises that satisfy neither side but b(...)

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed greets children  ahead of a final campaign rally in the town of Jimma in the southwestern Oromia region of Ethiopia. Photograph: AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

The last time Berhanu Nega ran for office, in 2005, he performed so well that he ended up in jail. The then ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary De(...)

A scene from State Funeral

A nation mourns its leader. In the far north, they gallop by reindeer towards the nearest village; in the far south, they gather around the sound syst(...)

 Rodrigo Londoño   has swapped a life in jungle camps planning ambushes and kidnappings for a new routine of bedtime story-reading to his infant son, shared via Instagram. Photograph:  Daniel Garzon Herazo/NurPhoto via Getty Images

He has enough enemies to fill a telephone directory and the United States once put a $5 million (€4.4 million) bounty on his head. But Rodrigo Londoño(...)

If Vladimir Putin remains in the Kremlin through to 2036 he will far surpass Stalin’s tenure as leader of the Soviet Union and become the longest-serving Russian leader since Peter the Great. Photograph: Getty

Referendums are imperfect instruments for assessing the popular will in democracies and in the hands of autocrats and dictators, are often more to do (...)

Thousands of people marched in anti-government protests in Budapest in 2018 over limits on academic freedom under Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s nationalist government. Photograph: Marko Drobnjakovic/AP.

Academic freedom is essential to the university’s mission of discovering new knowledge and teaching existing knowledge to students. It is unfortunatel(...)

The sale of ornamental garden items features a rare 1940s fairground carousel once owned by the Farrell carnival family in Buncrana – Lot 458 (€10,000–€20,000)

An unusual collection of garden furniture and statuary will feature in two online auctions to be conducted by Victor Mee. The sales will run over two (...)

Leeches were initially used to reach places that other bloodletting instruments couldn’t, such as the gums, nose and lips.

One of the striking features of the coronavirus pandemic has been the emergence of some highly questionable “cures”, which have spread rapidly via soc(...)

General Hussein Yazdanpanah points to the area where he and his troops were ambushed by Islamic State in 2014. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Gen Hussein Yazdanpanah is sipping tea in a leafy shelter atop the arid, pine-dotted hills of Iraqi Kurdistan, gesturing southwards to Kirkuk province(...)

Manager Mick McCarthy and Seamus Coleman at a Republic of Ireland press conference in  Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph:   Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The flight paths to Georgia from northern Europe take you over the Martian majesty of the Caucasus mountains, a bleak and barren wilderness of cliffs (...)

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