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Vladimir Putin’s one-day tour of the Middle East on Monday may not in itself have altered the regional dynamic, but it underlined two important and re(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wears a lapel emblem with both the EU and Irish flags  at the Government Press Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than 200 figures from Northern Ireland society have written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warning that the UK’s split from Europe is offensive and un(...)

Steve Conneely of the Maria Magdalena III fishing vessel, with Ernest Okutu. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Migrant crew members on Irish fishing vessels are subject to discrimination, exploitation, verbal and physical abuse and “severe underpayment”, accord(...)

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday. Photograph: Musa al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a “day of rage” on Friday against (...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

Palestinians burn posters depicting Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US pesident Donald Trump during a protest against the US intention to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launch the process of shifting the US embassy to there from Tel Aviv, has stoke(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: France has sold €12 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, and €8 billion worth to Qatar. The sale of up to a dozen more Rafale fighter jets may be announced in Doha. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to Algiers on Wednesday, then fly on to the Qatari capital Doha. The two countries are at opposite ends o(...)

Israeli border police forces patrol near the Western Wall (centre left) and the Dome of the Rock (top) at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on December 5th, 2017. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump told Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday he intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Palestinian (...)

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