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Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who underwent brutal interrogations while he was held at Guantánamo Bay 15 years ago, looks out a window of his home in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Photograph:  Btihal Remli/The New York Times

Mohamedou Ould Slahi is almost clinical as he recalls details of the torture he endured in the summer of 2003 at Guantánamo Bay. There were the guard(...)

A newspaper stall in Karachi. Pakistan could face blowback for sponsoring and hosting the Afghan Taliban if the Pakistani Taliban revive. Photograph: Shahzaib Akber/EPA

The swift Taliban victory in Afghanistan could have a profound impact on its Central Asian neighbours, the Middle East and Africa where governments ar(...)

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 29th. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty

Provocative acts carried out by Israeli security forces and settlers in East Jerusalem during Ramadan compounded with decades-old Palestinian resentme(...)

A picture from the World Food Programme (WFP) taken on March 18th shows a temporary settlement centre in Palma, Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique. Violence has resulted in widespread displacement, loss of lives and casualties, massive destruction of infrastructure and disruption of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in central and northern districts of Cabo Delgado. Photograph: Grant Lee Neuenburg/WFP/AFP via Getty Images

On March 24th 100 Islamist gunmen converged on the refugee-filled town of Palma in northern Mozambique. It was the latest bloody chapter in a three-ye(...)

The chieftains face Mecca – and the Great Green Wall. Photograph: Boubacar Badji

For five hours we travelled, heading north from Senegal’s capital, Dakar, towards the Sahara. The villages got smaller and smaller until at last there(...)

A Somalian girl carries her sibling at the Mooro Hagar camp in  Somalia’s Bay state, an area that has been subject to extreme drought. Photograph: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Decades of progress in addressing world hunger is being undermined by worsening hunger levels in some countries, due to accelerating climate disruptio(...)

Sheila O’Callaghan in Rio de Janeiro. She has lived in Rio since 2015 where she now runs  a Wine Club with her German husband.

Sheila O’ Callaghan is originally from north Cork, but has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2015. She used to run a publishing company that she set (...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol in Chad in 2008. Photograph: Conor Lally

The Army Ranger Wing is being deployed to the UN mission in Mali for two years, with a team of 14 personnel to rotate every four months. A decision t(...)

Chinese worshippers receive the Eucharist from a priest as they attend a Mass on  Christmas Eve 2018 at a Catholic church in Beijing. Photograph:  Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

The persecution of Christians in China is the worst it has been for more than a decade, with at least 50 million people expected to experience some fo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, and trainer Sgt John Maloney watch local soldiers undergo training manoeuvre at a training camp in Mali. Photograph: Harry McGee

It is a ghost village, with four rows of concrete houses stretching along a long empty street. The population all left some years ago for some reasons(...)

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