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Erik Prince: founder of private military contractor Blackwater USA. Photograph:  AP Photos/Susan Walsh

Erik Prince, the US private security contractor and former head of Blackwater Worldwide, tried to help a renegade general take control of Libya and “a(...)

Feted in Derry on his way to Chicago in 1933: Italian aviator and politician Count Italo Balbo (1896-1940). Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty

At about noon on a fine July day in 1933, an armada of 24 impressive seaplanes splashed down on the waters of Lough Foyle. They were under the command(...)

Witnesses Frezgi Ataklti, Salih Mohamed and Mohamed’s mother outside Addis Ababa federal court after they gave evidence against the alleged smuggler Tewelde Goitom. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Refugees and migrants across Europe and Africa have spoken of their upset after the escape of a suspected human smuggler in Ethiopia last month. A wo(...)

A Trump supporter screams at President Joe Biden’s supporters outside the hotel where the Conservative Political Action Conference took place in Orlando, Florida last month. Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Were it not for Israel, a rash motorist could drive from Russia’s northeastern, Alaska-facing tip to the southwestern point of Angola without passing (...)

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 (...)

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