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Eritrean soldiers force media to call for release of political prisoners

Soldiers with tanks laid siege to the information ministry in the capital, Amara, and forced state media to call for political prisoners to be freed.

Isa Gambar, the leader of the Musavat party, said around 100 people attacked him and other party officials

Police accused of turning blind eye to attack on Azerbaijan opposition leader

One of Azerbaijan’s most prominent opposition figures has been assaulted while police apparently stood to one side and did not intervene.

Government of Belarus using 'new tools' to silence dissent on internet, says Index on Censorship report

Researchers also highlighted concerns that western technology giants may have sold equipment or software to Belarus that could be used to stifle or monitor dissent

Passengers ride on a heavily laden car as they flee Damara, 70km north of the capital

Rebels halt advance on Bangui for peace talks

Rebels in Central African Republic said today they had halted their advance on the capital and were ready to start peace talks, averting a clash with regionally backed troops in the mineral-rich nation.

Foiled attempt to kill Belfast police officer 'could also have killed his family'

A foiled attempt to murder a police officer in Northern Ireland was carried out by dissident republicans who could also have killed his family, police said.

Bomb found under policeman's car in Northern Ireland

A booby trap bomb placed under the car of a policeman in Northern Ireland was clearly intended to kill, a police commander said tonight.

Pair in court over murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black

Two men have appeared in courts on both sides of the Irish border in connection with the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland.

Hugo Chávez (left) said on television that Maria Lourdes Afinui’s (right) should get 30 years

Judge who upset Chávez claims she was raped in prison

The trial of Maria Afiuni, who has been in detention for three years, could begin today

Ikea used forced prison labour to make furniture

Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant whose flat-pack offerings grace homes from Bolton to Bangkok, has admitted that East German political prisoners had been used to make its goods for as long as three decades.

Burma frees 450 prisoners

Just days before the arrival of US President Barack Obama, the authorities in Burma were yesterday giving buildings the usual new coat of paint, and granting amnesty to around 450 prisoners. But according to campaigners, none of those set free were dissidents.

Man held over David Black murder is released

A man arrested in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black in Northern Ireland has been released unconditionally.

Colin Duffy leaves court yesterday

Dissident republican Colin Duffy arrested over murder of prison officer David Black

High-profile republican questioned over killing as arrests made both sides of border

Colin Duffy was arrested yesterday by police

Colin Duffy: A 'violent' republican who has had three murder cases against him collapse

In January Colin Duffy, now under arrest for questioning about the killing this week of the prison officer David Black, was acquitted of the murders of two soldiers outside Massereene Barracks in Antrim who were about to leave for duty in Afghanistan.

Tory MPs to tell David Cameron he's still too soft on the EU

Dozens of his backbenchers are preparing to back a rebel call for EU spending to be cut in 2014-2020

Can Xi Jinping save China from itself?

If you're interested in the direction of the 21st century, clearly the biggest political event taking place over the next few weeks is happening on November 8th. Not, not the American election. That's November 6th. We're talking about the ascension of Xi Jinping to the position of chief of China's ruling Communist Party, which means that he'll be President of China come March. That's a big deal. In their top leader this week, the super-brains of the Economist - where the average staff age, by the way, is 28 - explain why.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee