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Peter Greste back in Cairo court

Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues are back in court in Egypt over their alleged links with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Secrets and fears behind the Manus Island veil

NSW barrister Jay Williams exits the processing centre.

Michael Gordon Key witnesses to the attack on Reza Barati have not been formally interviewed.

Japanese court releases Iwao Hakamada, the world's longest-serving death row inmate

Released after 48 years behind bars ... Death row inmate Iwao Hakamada (left), flanked by his sister Hideko, is released from Tokyo Detention House.

Mari Yamaguchi Tokyo: The world's longest-serving death row inmate was freed on Thursday by a Japanese court that found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer...

Egypt sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death

A Muslim Brotherhood supporter aims fireworks at supporters of the Egyptian Government in Cairo.

Ruth Pollard In one of the world's largest ever mass death sentences, an Egyptian court sentenced 529 people to death and without hearing a single argument from defence lawyers.

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip over key areas of Crimea

Members of a newly formed pro-Russian militia gather in the streets of Simferopol in Crimea on Saturday.

Ruth Pollard Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip over key areas throughout Crimea, blockading military bases along the Black Sea peninsula and attempting to force Ukrainian soldiers to surrender at military...

Putin critic sentenced to house arrest

Alexei Navalny, Russia's leading opposition figure, was placed under house arrest Friday and ordered not to use the Internet or telephone for two months, thus removing President Vladimir Putin's...

Sochi Winter Olympics: Two members of punk band Pussy Riot arrested before protest performance

Arrested in Sochi ... Maria Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot were taken into custody before they could play a protest song.

Nick Miller Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been arrested in the town of Sochi, activists say.

Nigeria uses law and whip to 'sanitise' gays

Whipping seen as too lenient: Following the signing of a harsh Nigerian national law criminalising homosexuality last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied.

Adam Nossiter The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiff's leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the man's side and back were covered with bruises.

Greste and colleagues to make first court appearance

Peter Greste

Ruth Pollard Accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to smear Egypt’s international reputation, three al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, are due to make their first appearance in...

'Ethnic cleansing' fears in Central African Republic

A man lies wounded after being stabbed by newly enlisted soldiers moments after Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza addressed the troops in Bangui.

Krista Larson The exodus of tens of thousands of Muslims from Central African Republic amounts to "ethnic cleansing," a top UN official and Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Sochi Winter Games: What becomes of this seaside town when the skis and skates are packed up?

A workman walks past the cauldron as the sun rises

Nick Miller Some fear that, once the skis and skates are packed up, the 10,000 media fly away and the money tap turns off, Sochi will turn into a seedy gambling centre and a return to heavy-handed suppression of...

Eight Russians found guilty of rioting in trial over anti-Putin protest

Olga Rotenberg Moscow: Two hundred people were arrested on Friday near a Moscow court as it convicted eight defendants of mass riots and attacking police at a protest against President Vladimir Putin, a case widely...

Ugandan president signs law to jail gays for life

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.

Grace Matsiko 'There is something really wrong with you,' the defiant president said to gay men as he dismissed warnings from allies and signed the controversial law.

Syrian peace talks on the brink of collapse

Stephanie Nebehay Warning that "failure" was staring him in the face, the Syria peace talks mediator said on Thursday that the United States and Russia had promised renewed support to keep their rival Syrian allies...

Ugandan president will sign harsh anti-gay law

Solidarity movement ... Kenyan gays and lesbians wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi.

Nicholas Kulish Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has told members of his party he would sign a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases.

Pussy Riot members at odds over Madonna concert

Madonna introduces Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, and Maria Alyokhina.

Six members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Thursday accused their previously imprisoned bandmates of undermining the group's ideals by appearing at a charity concert introduced by Madonna.

Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong makes silent protest at trial

Xu Zhiyong

Philip Wen A prominent Chinese rights advocate has refused to speak in court after appearing in a closely watched trial that his supporters say is “hypocritical” and threatens to make a mockery of the Chinese...

Behind bars in Brazil is no place you want to be

A demonstrator dragged away by police during protests in Sao Paulo in August, 2013.

Robert Muggah and Ilona Szabo de Carvalho The prison system of the upcoming World Cup and Olympic host reveals a culture bordering on sadism.

Brazil's poor evicted from slums ahead of World Cup

Giant lighting rigs help to grow the reseeded pitch at the new Gremio Arena which will be a training venue during the World Cup.

Where there was once a soccer field in this city in southern Brazil, there is a highway.


Egypt's siege mentality bad news for journalists

Ruth Pollard Egypt's government sees many enemies when it looks out of the bunker from which it says it is simultaneously fighting terrorism and installing democracy.