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Vladimir Putin gestures during a meeting with Russian ambassadors to foreign countries in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin via AP

Russian president Vladimir Putin accused the American political establishment of threatening the US economy, its national security and its allies with(...)

A picture taken  from the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows displaced Syrians going back to their camp near the Syrian village of Burayqah, after being turned back by the Israeli forces at the border fence between Syria and the  Golan Heights, where they were trying to seek refuge.  Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed during Monday’s summit in Helsinki to work together to end the conflict in(...)

Have bodhran, will travel - Ruairi Glasheen

“What is the purpose of your trip, and why so many cameras?” It was a familiar question during my trip to Iran in January to film my first documentary(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin shake hands during their joint press conference. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia’s Vladimir Putin behind closed doors in Helsinki on Monday. The following are highlights of the press conferen(...)

US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May: Nations must be “clear and unwavering about where Russia needs to change its behaviour”. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Theresa May has accused Russia of undermining western democracies, disregarding global norms and damaging western interests around the world. Speaking(...)

 The Syrian national flag rises in the midst of damaged buildings in Daraa-al-Balad, an opposition-held part of the southern city of Daraa, on Thursday. Photograph: Mohamad Abazeed/AFP/Getty Images

Forces loyal to the regime of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have entered rebel-controlled parts of Daraa, the birthplace of protests that led t(...)

Maedeh Hojabri (19) was arrested for dancing in her bedroom and posting clips on social media. Image: Twitter

Like many teenage girls, Maedeh Hojabri liked to dance in her bedroom, record it and post clips to Instagram. But Hojabri lives in Iran, where women (...)

A Syrian child rides his bike after Syrian government forces recently recaptured the village of Ghariyah ash Sharqiyah from the rebels, in the province of Deraa. Photograph:  AFP/ Youssef Karwashan/ Getty Images

Syrian official media on Monday reported that the country’s air defences had destroyed several Israeli missiles and hit a warplane attacking an airbas(...)

A young mother breastfeeding her infant daughter. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A resolution to encourage breastfeeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this sprin(...)

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz listens to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference  in Vienna on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Jaeger/AFP/Getty Images

A potential confrontation between the US and Iran is brewing in the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran threatened to block the Gulf passageway in retaliati(...)

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