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Everyone knows that the Assad regime – from father Hafez onwards – has employed torture and executions to preserve the doubtful purity of the Baath party

Mohammed Badie addressed supporters in Cairo last Friday

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie wanted for inciting Cairo massacre

Prosecutor demands arrest of Supreme Guide for provoking army into shooting 55 civilians dead 

David Cameron talking to a group of Pakistani students in Islamabad

David Cameron defends controversial Kazakhstan trip with pledge to secure UK jobs

Pressure groups have called on the PM to raise human rights  issues with the regime

Anti-goverment protesters unfurl the Turkish national flag in Taksim

Turkey unrest: Tear gas is not enough. If I was in power I would have used guns against protesters in Taksim Square, say supporters of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Richard Hall meets supporters of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his Istanbul stronghold, Fatih

Brian Wood is the head of arms control and human rights at Amnesty International

Brian Wood: A farewell to arms as 62 countries sign global Arms Trade Treaty

Brian Wood has battled for decades to hold the global arms trade to account. Now, a historic treaty is being signed

Queen to miss Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka due to long-haul travel review - and will send Prince Charles instead

Prince of Wales will represent the UK as Palace dismisses suggestion that move is related to political situation in country

Anti-Gaddafi fighters survey the damage after a Nato airstrike on a convoy of Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte last October

Voices in Danger: In Libya, Gaddafi's media suppression lingers

Though Gaddafi is gone, the tools he used to stop Libyan journalists attacking him are still being used.

Demonstrators in Chennai, India, protest against continuing war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka, last month

David Cameron urged to to boycott Sri Lanka summit over 'human rights abuses'

Canada 'appalled' that Colombo had been selected to host the Commonwealth meeting

Home Secretary Theresa May is hoping the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) will agree with the government's arguments that evidence gained by torture will not be used against Abu Qatada

This is not just about Abu Qatada, it's about a climate of contempt for human rights principles

Human rights are for the rest of us, as well as the best of us. Anything approaching a sliding scale of entitlement is frightening, says Amnesty's Campaigns Director

Office of outspoken Tamil newspaper Uthayan attacked in Sri Lanka

An outspoken Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka whose premises have been repeatedly targeted, and its employees killed, was attacked by armed men who stormed into the building and set the printing presses ablaze. It is the second attack on the newspaper in two weeks.

Two women beheaded in Papua New Guinea over witchcraft claims

Two elderly women have been beheaded in front of a crowd of onlookers in Papua New Guinea in the latest of a spate of brutal attacks in the country against people accused of witchcraft.

Iraq executing more people than it has for almost a decade, says Amnesty report

Iraq is executing more people than it has done for almost a decade. The country now has the third highest number of executions in the world, according to a report to be published this week.

Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler cancels Russian gigs over country's 'human rights crackdown'

Mark Knopfler has cancelled two shows in Russia in protest over what he says is a crackdown on human rights groups in the country.

Saudi Arabian court orders man to be surgically paralysed in 'eye for an eye' punishment

The verdict has been condemned by Amnesty, which said it had only recently learned of the man's sentence

In February Russian President Vladmir Putin told the FSB security services to monitor foreign backed NGOs

Russia orders tax police to raid foreign charities and human rights watchdogs

In February Putin told the FS B security services to monitor foreign backed NGOs

Ketchup Clouds' British author Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds wins Waterstones Children's Book Prize

The dark tale of a teenage girl writing to a murderer on death row, based on the author’s own experiences, was tonight awarded the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities