The Center for Reproductive Rights, an international legal advocacy group, is trying to fight the government’s actions in the courts.  Above, traditional cheese and corn buns called ‘chipas’ are pictured hanging at an altar decorated  in celebration of Kurusu Ara,  a Catholic festival that is combined with local Gurani culture and falls annually on May 3rd.  Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

Paraguayan authorities have ruled out abortion for a pregnant 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather, unless she develops complic(...)

Houthi  Yemeni chant slogans during clashes near the presidential palace in Sanaa, yesterday. Photograph: Hani Mohammed/AP

A ceasefire has halted clashes near the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after Shia rebels seized control of state-run media in a move t(...)

Kurdish protesters wave Lebanese and Kurdish flags and carry the image of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), during a demonstration against Islamic State (IS) insurgent attacks on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, in Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Kurdistan Workers‘ Party (PKK) has accused the Turkish military of violating a ceasefire agreed under a two-year-old peace process after the milit(...)

A health worker takes the temperature of US marines arriving to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Macedonian authorities have has said they are checking for the Ebola virus in a British man who died within hours of being admitted to hospital in the(...)

People gather at the site of a suicide bombing as Yemeni security officials collect debris in Sanaa, yesterday. Photograph: AP

A bomb blast tore through Tahrir Square in central Sana’a yesterday, killing dozens of supporters of the Houthi movement that controls the Yemeni ca(...)

Health workers protest outside Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, calling for Spain’s health minister, Ana Mato, to resign. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

Spanish authorities were yesterday seeking to contain the spread of the Ebola virus as pressure grew on them to explain how a nurse in Madrid had been(...)

A man digs graves for Ebola victims at King Tom Cemetery,  in Freetown, Sierra Leone, yesterday. The government has wrapped up an ambitious three day national lockdown in an attempt to fight the epidemic. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/The New York Times.

Sierra Leone has ended a three-day lockdown aimed at stemming the world’s worst ever Ebola epidemic, with authorities claiming the controversial oper(...)

A worker checks bottles in the Tenzan sake brewery in Saga, Japan.  An increasing number of Japanese  companies are encouraging employees to sleep on the job, convinced that it leads to better work performance. Photograph: Ko Sasaki/The New York Times.

It’s a daily struggle known to office workers the world over: a productive morning rewarded with a decent lunch, and then, at about 3pm, the leaden ey(...)

Three-year-old Nino looks at a blackboard in a newly-opened Ebola isolation center set up in a school closed due to the epidemic  in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly under(...)

 Liberians stage a protest outside president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s residence against the burying of Ebola victims in their Johnsonville community, Monrovia, Liberia. The Liberian government has ordered that the bodies of people killed by the Ebola virus must be cremated following strong reactions from communities objecting against the burial of Ebola victims in their areas. Photograph: EPA

Hundreds of troops were deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia yesterday to quarantine communities hit by the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll fro(...)

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