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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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?