Jabar Azizi and Surat Ahmed with their children at home in Carrick-on-Shannon. Aziz was among the nearly 100 Kurdish refugees who were resettled in town. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/The New York Times

A bold black-and-red sign announces Jamshid Ghafur’s business – “Kurdish Barber” – up a narrow flight of stairs just off the main street of Carrick-on(...)

 Iraqi Kurd women show their fingers after voting at a polling station during Kurdistan independence referendum in Erbil, Kurdistan region in northern Iraq on Monday. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Voters in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region poured into polling stations to cast their ballots in the controversial referendum on independence on Monda(...)

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, attends an official funeral ceremony for Lebanese soldiers killed in Islamic State captivity. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron will receive Michel Aoun, the president of Lebanon, for a three-day state visit starting on Monday that is charged with hist(...)

Turkish protestors hold Turkish and Turkmen flags as they shout slogans against Kirkuk for taking part in the Kurdish referendum during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq yesterday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (K(...)

Iranian long range missile Khoramshahr is displayed during the annual military parade marking the Iraqi invasion in 1980. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) which it displayed at a military parade on Friday, state (...)

Shoppers at the al-Qaysareyah market in Kirkuk, Iraq, ahead of the Kurdish independence vote. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in Monday’s referendum, despite fierce opposition to the ballot from Baghdad and regional and intern(...)

In setting out a vision of American retreat from the postwar international order the United States did so much to design, Donald Trump’s bleak and bel(...)

An  undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting a fruit farm in South Hwanghae Province, North Korea. Photograph:  AFP Photo/KCNA

Donald Trump’s threat before the United Nations to destroy North Korea was merely “the sound of a dog barking”, the country’s foreign minister has sai(...)

 President Mahmoud Abbas: “The United Nations bears a legal, political, moral and humanitarian obligation to end this occupation and enable the Palestinian people to live in freedom and prosperity in their independent state of Palestine.” Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty

The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has warned that the “two-state solution is in jeopardy”, as he called on the United Nations(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: said it would be a pity if “rogue newcomers” jeopardised the nuclear deal. Photograph: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani hit out at US president Donald Trump in an address to the United Nations general assembly on Wednesday, warning that (...)