Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said Iran could abandon the nuclear deal “within hours” if the US imposes any more sanctions. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

As the world frets about the threat of nuclear war in Korea, the landmark deal designed to prevent Iran developing its own nuclear capability is at gr(...)

Russian S-400 Triumph rocket systems: purchase puts Turkey in direct confrontation with its fellow Nato members and the West. Photograph:  Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty

On a visit to the ruined, ancient city of Ani last month, my tour guide offers an alternative perspective on the murder of hundreds of thousands of Ar(...)

Hassan Rouhani’s remarks are thought likely to be an attempt to appease hardliners at home who have demanded a tougher stand against the US. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s president has issued a direct threat to the West, claiming his country is capable of revitalising its nuclear programme within hours. Hassan R(...)

A picture taken on June 9, 2017 shows a woman displaced by Ethiopia’s drought walking with a branch at a displaced persons camp in Werder. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS STEIN

We have heard the warnings before, but the threats posed by the current famine emergency gripping vast areas of East Africa remain as stark and as mer(...)

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces calls his comrades during the fighting with Islamic State fighters in Raqqa, Syria, on  August 14th. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The Baghdad and Damascus governments appear to be co-ordinating their offensives against Islamic State (Isis) with the objective of uprooting the grou(...)

File image of Iran’s newly-upgraded Sayyad-3 air defence missiles. File photograph: Iranian defence ministry/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a Bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards, in ret(...)

Remains of a car and buildings are seen following a security campaign against Shi’ite Muslim gunmen in the town of Awamiya, in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has announced the end of military operations against gunmen in the restive Shia town of Awamiya in the oil-rich eastern Qatif province. (...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech after being sworn in before parliament in Tehran, on August 5th. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president has named two women as vice-presidents after proposing a cabinet that included no women among his ministerial picks. Hassan Rouhani’(...)

Carla del Ponte, who has resigned from the UN commission investigating war crimes and violence against civilians in Syria. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone/ AP

UN secretary-general António Guterres continues to support the work of the UN commission investigating war crimes and violence against civilians in Sy(...)

The EU must work with Asean for common pressure on China to multilateralise its Belt and Road Initiative and to dissuade the US from misapplying hard power in the region. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

Global politics are going through one of their most important shifts in power, strategy and influence of the modern era. Two hundred years of dominanc(...)