In 1923 Afghan law gave women equal rights, but the Soviet invasion – and the Taliban – brought violence and oppression
Downing Street faces tough fight after backing away from calls to strip ministers of surveillance powers
Amnesty highlights mass sentencing in Egypt, but insists 'progress' towards abolition is being made
Fighting will stop for five days to allow charities to distribute aid if Houthi rebels agree to the deal
UN Security Council members should lose veto power on humanitarian issues, group says
'Courageous' Ghoncheh Ghavami is recovering in Tehran after being released on bail because of 'health problems'
Rural areas of Iraq turned into 'blood-soaked killing fields' as militants target ethnic minorities in north
White House said those responsible were 'real patriots', as human rights groups call for 'legal consequences'
Northern Ireland votes to ban paying for sex but campaigners say the move will put sex workers at higher risk
Iran and Iraq drove a worldwide increase, while Texas was responsible for 40 per cent of American executions