If the US elect Donald Trump as president it would be “dangerous” for the rest of the world, the UN’s rights chief has warned in an extraordinary intervention.

Speaking in Geneva, Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein highlighted comments the Republican candidate has made about torture and “vulnerable people” in particular, describing them as “deeply unsettling and disturbing”.

Mr Zeid told reporters a Trump presidency would be “dangerous from an international point of view”.

Russia immediately sprang to Mr Trump’s defence, with Moscow’s ambassador to the UN suggesting it was not Mr Zeid’s place to criticise would-be heads of state and foreign governments.

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