MPs on Monday continued to debate the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, with a vote on its second reading expected early on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Britain will on Tuesday offer to contribute military assets to European Union operations, co-operate on sanctions and agree joint positions on foreign(...)

Israeli soldiers manoeuvre a tank during a military exercise in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on Thursday. An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria. Photograph:  Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has warned Israel of “dangerous repercussions to the security and stability of the region” after a Syrian military facility in Hama pr(...)

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley: travelled to the IAEA headquarters last week to press the agency to be more aggressive in its inspections regime, and to focus on Iran’s military sites. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has reported that Iran is staying within the main limits set down in a 2015 multilateral agreement that Donald Trump has ins(...)

An Afghan man inspects the site of a suicide attack followed by a clash between Afghan forces and insurgents after an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, last Friday. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/ Reuters
The US extends its longest war

‘Never invade Afghanistan. ” Harold Macmillan regarded this as the first rule of politics, and President Donald Trump has now discovered just how intr(...)

Fighters of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) flash the victory sign  in  Tal Afar, west of Mosul,  August 26th, 2017. Photograph: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Iraqi forces raised the national flag on Saturday in the heart of Tal Afar, Islamic State’s stronghold in Iraq’s northwest, and said they were poised (...)

Saudi’s defence minister Mohammed bin Salman attending a military parade by Saudi security forces ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph:  Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

The rift that has divided the Middle East between Sunnis and Shias and fuelled proxy wars in Syria and Yemen appears to have eased, enabling 86,000 Ir(...)

Protestors setting fire to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tehran, Iran, on January 2nd, 2016. The incident led Qatar to follow Saudi Arabia’s lead in cutting ties with the Islamic republic. Photograph: Mohammad Reza  Nadimi/EPA

Qatar has decided to return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missi(...)

Iraqi armoured units are seen heading for the town of Tal Afar, the main remaining Islamic State stronghold in the northern part of the country. Photograph: AFP

Iraqi forces have pushed into the outskirts of one of the last Islamic State-held areas in the country – the northwestern city of Tal Afar. The opera(...)

Expectations are growing that the Bank of England will hold off on raising interest rates due to Brexit-related risks. Photograph: AFP

Employers’ group Ibec has warned of imminent business closures in the wake of another significant slide in the value of sterling. The Brexit-related (...)

Global Footprint Network: calculates how many planets we would need to sustain the lifestyles of different countries, groups and individuals

“Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth on a finite planet is either a madman or an economist” – David Attenborough. On August 2nd the(...)