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The threat to Britain from international terrorism remains high but the menace of Irish dissident republicans has reduced, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.

Police arrest Mohamed Nasheed in Fares Maathodaa after he failed to turn up for the start of a trial for alleged abuse of power

Riot police arrest ousted Maldives president

The island nation of the Maldives has been plunged into fresh political turmoil after armed police arrested a former president while he was campaigning ahead of next year's election.

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A bomb left in North Belfast tonight was intended to kill, police have claimed.

Russian opposition activist's wife Taisiya Osipova 'jailed over drugs'

A Russian opposition activist has said his wife has been sentenced to eight years in prison on drug charges.

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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.

Ikea accused of using East German political prisoners to manufacture furniture

The Swedish flat-pack giant Ikea is today reeling from potentially scandalous allegations that it used scores of political prisoners in former communist East Germany to manufacture its affordable furniture products in the years leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Protesters demand the release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, pictured on a street drawing

Bahrain court orders retrial for hunger striker Al-Khawaja

Activists warn ruling for 21 jailed dissidents may be attempt to deflect international criticism

William Hague warning over change to sanctions in Burma

Foreign Secretary William Hague warned today against moving too fast to lift sanctions against Burma despite a “very important process of change” in the country.

Police officer left gun behind in house raid

A police officer is facing disciplinary action for leaving a gun behind after a house search.

Belarus opposition politician Andrei Sannikov freed from jail

After more than a year in jail, opposition politician Andrei Sannikov was freed over the weekend, after he was granted a pardon by Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian president of Belarus.

April 2, 2012: Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through the crowd as she arrives to the office of her National League for Democracy (NLD) in Yangon. Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in parliament on Sunday, her party said, after an historic by-election that is testing the country's nascent reform credentials and could persuade the West to end sanctions.

Political prisoners remain jailed despite amnesty

They say they are the forgotten people, that while the world has moved on, beguiled by Burma's flurry of reforms and its by-elections, their own pain endures, unnoticed.

Aung San Suu Kyi visits polling stations in her constituency as Burmese vote in the parliamentary elections

Suu Kyi supporters claim win in historic Burma election

Aung San Suu Kyi's party claimed today she has won a seat in Burma's parliament after a landmark election, setting the stage for the pro-democracy leader to hold public office for the first time.

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Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island's long-time communist leaders to push through "legitimate" reforms their people desire.

Czech government agrees to rename airport after former President Vaclav Havel

The Czech government agreed today to rename the country's main airport in Prague to honour deceased former President Vaclav Havel, Czech media reported.

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