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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(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping stand to inaugurate the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council, in Beijing this week. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

One of the thorniest questions facing French president Emmanuel Macron is how to deal with dictatorships and what the French sociologist Edgar Morin (...)

The International Olympic Committee have been accused of doing “backroom deals” with Russia ahead of next month’s winter Games in south Korea. Photograph: Getty Images

The film-makers behind the documentary which exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (...)

An election poster of Czech president Miloš Zeman. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The main challenger in this week’s Czech presidential elections has vowed to restore a liberal, pro-EU outlook to his country if he defeats Miloš Zema(...)

Displaced people from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on January 5th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, which(...)

A makeshift memorial near the headquarters of the French satirical weekly ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in Paris in January 2015  in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by Islamist terrorists. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Three years after gunmen burst into an editorial conference and slaughtered 12 people at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, surviving journalists hav(...)

President Xi Jinping of China and President Donald Trump with their wives during an opera in the Forbidden City in Beijing, in November. Of the world’s strongmen, Xi Jinping has emerged the strongest - the leader of a rising superpower.

We have reached the end of an economic period, that of western-led globalisation, and a geopolitical one - the post-cold war “unipolar moment”. This i(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin flew into the Khmeimim military base in Syria early this month, a group of SU 30 fighter jets, the pride of Russia’s newly moderni(...)

President Donald Trump, flanked by interior secretary Ryan Zinke, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, and defence secretary James Mattis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Would the presidency give Donald Trump free rein to act on his wilder impulses and see through his rabble-rousing agenda – in other words, would the w(...)

Pope Francis greets newlyweds during his weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, in the Vatican, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis is the most popular world leader among Irish people, who rate British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump poorly, an(...)

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