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People queue up outside the main post office on Mohamed Bouazizi Square, its facade showing a picture of Bouazizi, in the centre of the town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia in October. The spark that set off the Arab Spring was the tragic suicide of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi, who, having long been cheated and humiliated by state officials, set himself on fire. Photograph: Fethi Belaid / AFP via Getty Images

‘Al-Sha’b Yurid Isqat al-Nizam.” “The people demand the overthrow of the regime.” This battle cry of rebellion in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syr(...)

Tunisians  gather at Mohamed Bouazizi Square in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17th 2020, during commemorations of the 10th anniversary of Bouazizi’s self-immolation which triggered a wave of protests across the North African country. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty Images

When a Tunisian street vendor set himself alight a decade ago to protest over the confiscation of his handcart and fruit by police, he never imagined (...)

US president-elect Joe Biden: Must be careful not to set moral standards that can only be flunked.  Photograph:  Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is about to stroll through an orchard of low-hanging fruit. Once he is sworn in in January, the next US president will mend relations with E(...)

If nominated and confirmed, Anthony Blinken would be a leading force in the incoming administration’s bid to reframe the US relationship with the rest of the world after four years in which Donald Trump questioned long-time alliances. Photograph:  Stephane de Sakutin/AFP via Getty

US president-elect Joe Biden has announced senior members of his cabinet, foreign policy and national security teams, as he accelerates preparations t(...)

Azerbaijani tanks  as army units enter the Aghdam region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph:   Azerbaijani defence ministry  via Getty Images

Moscow has warned against any attempt to undermine the peace accord it brokered this month over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has spa(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial on Monday on charges of trying to bribe a judge. Just weeks after his presidential immunity ended in 2012, police raided Mr Sarkozy’s private  home and Paris office. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

Nicolas Sarkozy’s corruption trial is scheduled to begin on Monday in Paris over allegations he promised to help an official land a prestigious Monaco(...)

Overjoyed Azerbaijanis celebrate in the streets of the capital Baku. Photograph: Getty

An agreement to end fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over Nagorno-Karabakh sets the stage for a more intense rivalry between Russia an(...)

Joe Biden. Photograph: Getty

It’s a remarkable indictment of a disgraceful presidency that Donald Trump’s loss of power will be mourned chiefly by the world’s autocrats. In Trump (...)

Tahir El Shirif (68), a Libyan national, fears he may never see his Irish children again unless he can at least get an emergency travel document to return from Tripoli

An Irish citizen in failing health says he is stranded in Libya as he has been unable to renew his Irish passport. Tahir El Shirif (68), a Libyan nat(...)

People sit in a bus as they prepare to leave Stepanakert, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Photograph: AP Photo

Armenia and Azerbaijan have held fresh talks on their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, as Baku claimed new territorial gains in the disputed region and(...)

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