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India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state


Rahul Gandhi, head of India’s opposition Congress party, started a unity march last September from the southern tip of the country, which ended on Monday. Gandhi is trying to drum up support for his party, opposition to the ruling BJP and, many observers say, trying to uphold democracy in the face of what’s becoming an increasingly religious state.

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Russian dissident remains in prison on trumped-up charges

A nurse talks with police.

Mass arrests in Zimbabwe over coronavirus regulation violations


Venezuela’s violent protests have claimed 31 lives so far

A Syrian civil defence member uses an oxygen mask after a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib.

‘Shocking’ video shows alleged chemical attack in Syria. But will it have an impact?

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera reads from Hannah Arendt's book "The Origins of Totalitarianism" as part of a 100-hour collective reading in Havana May 20, 2015.

Cubans ‘don’t understand … things like freedom of expression are things that belong to them’


Cuban artist Tania Bruguera speaks her mind and was arrested three times last year in Havana. She’s hoping President Barack Obama doesn’t self-censor during his upcoming Cuban visit.

A man sells cotton candy as he pushes his bicycle along a street in the rebel held al-Ghariyah al-Gharbiyah town, in Deraa province.

Here’s why the partial truce in Syria has astounded even the experts


Few Syria-watchers thought the partial truce would be so effective. Even fewer have a clear idea of whether the truce is the start of a true ceasefire.

Syrians carry a body from a destroyed Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) supported hospital hit by missiles in Marat Numan, Idlib province, Syria.

World powers wrangle over ‘bits and scraps’ of Syria


Syria’s war has entered a dark, terrifying moment.

Abu Ezzat in the Old City of Aleppo.

A father in Aleppo frets about five of his sons on rebel frontlines


Media activist Rami Jarrah tells the story of a father who could afford to flee the besieged city of Aleppo, but has instead decided to stay.

A Russian court ruled on Tuesday to give Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (right) a suspended sentence for embezzling money, but jailed his brother Oleg (left) for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent.

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny avoids jail, but his brother becomes a bargaining chip


Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, were both convicted of fraud on Tuesday. And while the opposition leader’s three-and-a-half-year sentence was suspended, his brother, Oleg, was sent to jail. The decision sent activists, including Navalny himself, into the streets.