Thatcher and Botha met at the height of the apartheid government in 1984 - a crucial breach in South Africa's international isolation. But papers released under the 30 year rule reveal that Thatcher did not waver from her opposition to Botha’s racial poli
While the more established parties, such as the Front National and the Sweden Democrats, look set to enjoy the next year, others are likely to remain firmly on the fringe.
The military leadership is trying to extinguish protest from both Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the liberals who helped overthrow President Mubarak. Will they succeed?
How Syria's polite dictator won.
Violence, hunger and disease have become facts of life for millions. More can be done to alleviate their suffering, and more must be done.
In this despatch from 15 April 1994, Sarah Baxter witnesses the moment Mandela held together a South Africa on the verge of falling apart.
By snubbing the Sochi Games himself and picking tennis star and lesbian icon Billie Jean King to represent him, Barack Obama is effectively waving a rainbow flag in Putin's face. Three cheers for the “we’re here, we’re queer”-ness of the US Olympic delega
There are currently 211 journalists in prison worldwide, and over 50 have been killed doing their job.
Though disallowed from the 2014 presidential race, Fawzia Koofi is optimistic about her political career in Afghanistan. Yet it is not clear what will happen to the state of women's rights before the next one.
In 2000, on a visit to Zimbabwe, Jason Cowley met the former Rhodesian leader Ian Smith.
There are 37 million more men than women in India, and most of them are of marriageable age given the relatively young population. A social time-bomb is now setting off there with terrifying consequences, and until the gang-rape in Dehli a year ago, very
Amnesty International condemns Europe's failure to resettle Syrian refugees.
In 2050, 71 per cent of Alzheimer's patients will be in low to middle income countries. Will they be able to access medical care?
A short lesson in the art of mistranslating names into Chinese.
"We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world - you can make his life’s work your own."
As we mourn Mandela's death we should not forget and acknowledge the role that communists played in befriending and influencing this great man.
Caroline Wright tells the story of a fellow gynaecologist, “Dr D”, an Afghan health professional who has experienced death threats and attacks on her family in Afghanistan.
As southern European countries rack up record debts, Helmut Kohl has told friends “Merkel is destroying my Europe”.
"Mandela did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn’t do nearly enough of it."
Ahmed Kathrada went to jail with Nelson Mandela, and in Mandela's later years sometimes acted as his spokesperson.
As the Black City district is being redeveloped and renamed White City, contrasts between past and present in this oil–rich country could hardly be clearer.
The good news is that the principle of habeas corpus may soon apply to chimpanzees in the US. The bad news is it still won't apply to humans suspected of terrorism.
The UK is ranked below the top 20 in terms of science, maths, reading and - crucially - happiness at school.
With considerable pain and after a long gestation it seems that a new workers’ party is being born in South Africa.
So much blame is heaped on Hollande that it is hard not to feel sorry for the amiable back-room party manager who, his friends say, still cannot believe his good fortune in landing the presidency last year.
Paul Conroy, the photojournalist injured in the attack that killed Marie Colvin in Homs, says he "can’t think of a single photo I could take at this moment in time that would increase public awareness." When will people start taking notice of Syria again?
Strange alliances in tumultuous times.
As the conflict drags on in Syria the tensions are felt strongly in Lebanon, which is hosting almost one million refugees.
The WHO's latest health inequity report made a startling claim that "about half" of those with HIV deliberately infected themselves in order to claim benefits, a claim not backed by the study cited.
Research by Bloomberg reveals the extent of the pay gap between executives and employees at 250 companies.