Migrant workers in Qatar left in debt after being ordered home before World Cup starts

Early end to migrants’ contracts leaves many owing large sums to recruiters and unable to support their families• World Cup hotel shields England team from fans – and Qatar’s labour abusesThousands of poorly paid migrant workers in Qatar are being forc…

Chinese president Xi Jinping to visit Saudi Arabia next week

The planned gala reception is in stark contrast to the low-key audience afforded Joe Biden in June, as ties between China and the kingdom grow closerThe Chinese president Xi Jinping will visit Saudi Arabia next week, where plans are under way for a gal…

Famine: what is it, where will it strike and how should the world respond?

A toxic combination of climate emergency, conflict and Covid is pushing some of the poorest countries into an acute hunger crisisGlobal hunger toll soars by 150m as Covid and war make their markThe world is in the grip of an unprecedented hunger crisis…

Secret British ‘black propaganda’ campaign targeted cold war enemies

Britain stirred up tensions, chaos and violence in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, according to declassified papersThe British government ran a secret “black propaganda” campaign for decades, targeting Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia with l…

Portraits of hope: the fight to protect girls from conflict – in pictures

The International Rescue Committee, in partnership with Gagosian, has put together an exhibition called Protecting Milestones: Portraits of Girls in Conflict, which is on display at the Gagosian shop in Burlington Arcade, London, until 7 May. For every…

‘No one should suffer like me’: families of Qatar’s dead migrant workers left with nothing

Qatar is a magnet for south Asian labour, but failure to investigate deaths leaves dependents without compensation It is hard to imagine a place more different to Qatar than the southern plains of Nepal.Miles of fields covered in dazzling yellow mustar…

Revealed: migrant workers in Qatar forced to pay billions in recruitment fees

Guardian investigation finds labourers – including those on World Cup-related projects – were left with huge debtsLow-wage migrant workers have been forced to pay billions of dollars in recruitment fees to secure their jobs in World Cup host nation Qat…

Britain hands billions to projects linked to labour abuse and climate damage

UK Export Finance used £5.24bn of taxpayer money to fund overseas energy and infrastructure ventures – despite its own review raising concernsThe British government has provided more than £5bn in the past three years to overseas energy and infrastructu…

The Guardian view on Putin and the world: it’s not just about China | Editorial

The Russian president may look isolated over Ukraine, but important players are hedging their betsWhen Vladimir Putin recognised Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics, days before his invasion of Ukraine, one of the most powerful denunciations c…

Russia’s invasion crystallises divide between west and rest of world

Ukraine crisis is uniting democracies in Europe and Pacific but complicating relationships with China, India and Gulf statesRussia-Ukraine war: latest updates“Decide who you are with” Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the European Council, pointing to a choice …

‘Take from the hungry to feed the starving’: UN faces awful dilemma

Agencies forced to cut back aid in Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Ethiopia despite growing need as funds go to UkraineRussia’s invasion of Ukraine has put huge pressure on an already shrinking pot of international aid.Aid agencies working in count…

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