Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny standing in a cage in the Babuskinsky district court in Moscow on February 20th. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused prison authorities of subjecting him to “torture” through sleep deprivation and damaging h(...)

The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)