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A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vlad(...)

King Salman meeting US president Barack Obama in Washington last September. File photograph: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The atrocity in Paris on November 13th blew away some of the gloom which had settled on a number of major companies. In the first 30 minutes of trad(...)

US President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One after arriving at Antalya International Airport in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 summit. Photograph: Okan Ozer/Reuters

US President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Turkey on Sunday for a summit that has taken on new urgency after attacks in Paris pushed(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad entering a hall during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/Ria Novosti/Pool

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s priority is to defeat “terrorists” before holding elections, but he is ready to call parliamentary and presidential(...)

Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Reprieve have called for clemency to stop Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, from being beheaded and then crucified. Photograph: Facebook

The mother of a teenage Saudi protester sentenced to crucifixion has begged Barack Obama to intervene to save her son’s life. In her first interview w(...)

Supporters and protesters  outside the White House in Washington during the visit of Salman bin Abd al Aziz. Photograph: EPA/Michael Reynolds

Reassuring Saudi Arabia’s king that the Iran nuclear deal would not destabilise the Middle East was high on the topics of discussion when US presiden(...)

The Temple of Bel before and after the destruction at  Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Satellite images have revealed the destruction by Islamic State of the iconic 2,000-year-old Bel temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra just fiv(...)

People look on  as workers disassemble an elevator on the public beach near the Saudi King’s villa in the Golfe-Juan seaside resort in Vallauris, southeastern France, on Monday. Photograph: Valery hache/AFP/Getty Images.

Saudi Arabian King Salman has left the south of France for Morocco, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 resi(...)

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in Riyadh last week. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has withdrawn from a carefully orchestrated summit with the US that president Barack Obama hoped would assuage Gulf anxiet(...)