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Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou with his French counterpart,  Emmanuel Macron, in Paris in 2019. Photograph: Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou has been awarded the $5 million (€4.2 million) Ibrahim African leadership prize in recognition of what the judgin(...)

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy arriving at the Paris courthouse on Monday. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to three years in prison, a stunning fall from grace f(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiling his  ambitious   space programme at an event in Ankara. Photograph: Turkish presidency via AP Pool

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has unveiled an ambitious 10-year space programme, a first for the country that highlights Ankara’s plans(...)

Anthony Blinken during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state at the Capitol, January 19th. Photograph: EPA/Graeme Jennings/Pool

As Joe Biden begins to implement his policy agenda as the 46th president of the United States, the final make-up of his cabinet is beginning to take s(...)

Tunisian protesters gesture as they shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital, Tunis. Photograph:  Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty

Tunisia, the only democracy to emerge from the 2011 Arab Spring, is back at square one. Tunisian people have returned to the streets across their cou(...)

Iraqi mourners pray over the coffin of a victim  in the twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Thursday which killed 32 and wounded 110. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

The twin suicide bombings in Baghdad on Thursday that killed at least 32 people announced that Islamic State is back in business in Iraq, the country (...)

Iranians  shopping at the Tajrish bazaar in Tehran. Iran desperately needs to end US sanctions in order to access  equipment, medications and vaccines to contain the spread of coronavirus.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Middle Eastern leaders have welcomed the advent of the Biden administration in the US after four destabilising years of its predecessor. The change (...)

The aftermath of the Omagh bombing in August 1998. Photograph: Frank Miller

The former Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt has “escaped justice” for his role in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the father of one of the victims has said. (...)

Movers and shakers: some of the people to Watch in 2020

The hottest young talent set to make waves in the worlds of politics, fashion, food, sport, activism, art, film and TV, sustainability, entrepreneur(...)

A group of migrants live in a shelter in the city of Matamoros, Mexico. Migrants’ hopes of reaching the US have been raised by the election of Joe Biden. Photograph: Abraham Pineda-Jacome/EPA

For Charleston Wang, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based immigration lawyer, the past four years under United States president Donald Trump have been a very stra(...)

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