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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

George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor, By Janan Ganesh

The dispassionate political player who is 'up for anything'

Police may be allowed to deploy 'two-shot' Tasers

British police officers could soon be armed with more powerful "two-shot" Tasers, it can be disclosed.

'Kafkaesque' government plans to use secret evidence in court threaten principles of open justice, say Amnesty

Government plans to extend the use of secret evidence in court are Kafkaesque and threaten the very principles of fair and open justice, Amnesty International said today.

Forced eviction in China is a gross violation of human rights and cannot be tolerated

Amnesty International's latest study highlights how the Chinese government's attempts to boost the economy have increased the pace of forced evictions nationwide

Amnesty releases satellite images of Syria bombing in Aleppo

Amnesty International has released satellite images showing the extent of artillery bombardment in the Syrian city of Aleppo where rebels are struggling to fight off an offensive by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Somali comedian Abdi Jeylani Malaq who dared mock militants is killed

On one of his recent radio shows, a popular Somali comedian ridiculed commanders of a ruthless Islamist insurgent group that is notorious for forcibly recruiting boys into its ranks and making them fight.

Former BBC World Service presenter Dave Lee Travis kisses the hand of Aung San Suu Kyi during her visit to BBC Broadcasting House in central London

Back in the UK at last, Aung San Suu Kyi warns off unethical investors

Huge crowds greeted Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she returned to her old home in Oxford

Leading article: Political legitimacy is about more than Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest is the most-watched non-sporting competition in the world. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that Azerbaijan's government sees Saturday's gala as a ticket of admission to the community of nations. Nor that President Ilham Aliyev has spent around $134m on a spanking new venue to host the event.

The European Championship trophy

England fans warned after gay pride parade is ambushed by 500 ultra-right hooligans in Ukraine

Gay England football fans travelling to Ukraine for Euro 2012 have been warned to keep a low profile for their own safety.

A soldier and policeman take evasive action as a supporter of ex-president Nasheed hurls back a tear-gas canister

Fury at lobbyists over lucrative work for brutal Maldives regime

Islands' government wants to 'renew' its image in UK and US after months of conflict

DJ Taylor: Fracking is a highly explosive issue

Shale mining might yield cheap gas, but there's one small problem: all fossil fuels run out. Plus, strange influences
Tara Lyle is Policy Adviser at Amnesty International UK

Tara Lyle: Is the European Court of Human Rights the villain it is being presented as?

If the European Court of Human Rights were a celebrity, it would have likely hired Max Clifford by now, and together they would have broken the record for filling the most law suits for libel and slander

There are daily clashes in Bahrain between police and protesters

Bahrain's rulers split over fate of rights activist

Shadow hangs over Formula One race as hardliners block hunger-striker's release

Activists climb roof of Bahrain Embassy to protest human rights violations and this weekend’s Grand Prix

Two activists managed to climb onto the roof of the Bahrain Embassy in London today in protest at continuing human rights violations inside the Gulf kingdom and the decision by Formula 1 to press ahead with this weekend’s Grand Prix.

Steve Crawshaw: 'The culture of denial was as disturbing then as it remains now. Painful truths need to be accepted'

Steve Crawshaw: Two decades on, Bosnia's war crimes should haunt Europe

The culture of denial was as disturbing then as it remains now. Painful truths need to be accepted

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