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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

Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced a partial pullout of his forces from Syria on a surprise visit to his country’s military air base. Mr(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and French president Emmanuel Macron: “France judges the recent statements by the US president as contrary to international law and dangerous for peace,” said Mr Macron. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer

French president Emmanuel Macron called on the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to freeze the colonisation of the West Bank as a gesture fo(...)

An Iraqi soldier and policeman wave their national flag in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square celebrating the end of the three-year war against Islamic State. Photograph:  AFP /Getty Images

An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is under way in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokes(...)

'Before bed, I tally up the number of times I have used my phone today:  167.'

This week a Deloitte survey on smartphone usage claimed the average Irish person pick up our devices an average of 57 times daily, significantly more (...)

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(...)

Britain’s secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson as he left 10 Downing Street, London this week. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

British Muslims who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State should be tracked down and killed, the newly-appointed British defence secr(...)

A family in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Anthi Pazianouanthi/Getty Images

A lesson for today: in 1716 the Turks controlled most of the Balkans, including the Greek mainland, but they had failed to capture Corfu and the othe(...)

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(...)

Houthi followers rally in Sana’a on Tuesday to celebrate the killing of Yemen’s former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Houthi rebels fighting their former allies in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, have moved against a group of diehard loyalists of the former president who (...)

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