A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Canadian businessman Michael Spavor after at an airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 3rd, 2013. Photograph: KCNA/EPA

A second Canadian citizen is under investigation by Chinese authorities, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries following the arrest of a fo(...)

Syrian refugees on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul: more than 3.7 million Syrians are registered in Turkey.  Photograph: Bulent kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is home to more displaced Syrians than any other country, but growing intercommunal violence between refugees and their hosts is straining rela(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The militia is dominated by the Kurdish group known as  YPG, which the United States regards as its most reliable partner in the area. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/the New York Times

They seek to sweep away borders and establish a stateless society. Their female fighters struggle and die beside male comrades. Their leftist, anti-Is(...)

 Tunisians wave national flags during a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis last month. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

For those of us who were there – apart, presumably, from the family, friends and entourage of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the dictator who had just been (...)

Arab Spring: seven years after Tunisians took to the streets to oust Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, crowds rallied in search of the lost promise of that uprising. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/ Reuters
Tunisia: simmering discontent

Seven years after Tunisians took to the streets to oust the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, crowds returned to the streets of Tunis in recent days i(...)

Zimbabwe’s president-designate Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing supporters and the media at the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Zimbabwe’s former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa returned to the country on Wednesday to assume the presidency, beginning a new era for the souther(...)

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks during a news conference in whichhe announced that he would not stand in a court-ordered re-run of August’s presidential election. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday he would not stand in a court-ordered re-run of August’s presidential election that is scheduled(...)

Yemeni children waiting to receive food rations: “Unicef reports 460,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition.” Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

War is starving the people of Yemen and no amount of international humanitarian aid can feed them if current circumstances persist, a new report has i(...)

We’re “officially putting Iran on notice”, a sabre-rattling US national security adviser, Michael Flynn, announced in his first public statement since(...)

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