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President Donald Trump and his former national security adviser John Bolton: Bolton’s departure was welcomed by many Trump allies who feared he could lead America into further conflict. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

This week Donald Trump returned to the top of the news agenda with a bang as he ousted national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton’s departure was(...)

Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton was a fierce opponent of the plan for the remaining US troops to leave Afghanistan  by the end of the year. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Donald Trump’s abrupt dismissal of John Bolton, his national security adviser, may reflect the near breakdown in personal relations between the two me(...)

John Bolton says he offered to resign as national security adviser after US  president Donald Trump informed him that his services were no longer needed. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has fired John Bolton as national security adviser after months of tension over policy towards Iran and North Korea, saying (...)

Heike Reichenwallner plays Angela Merkel in the ZDF docudrama Angela und die Flüchtlinge.  Source: ZDF

Angela Merkel’s protocol chief promised her a quiet day of speeches and handshaking around Germany on September 4th, 2015. When she returned to her Be(...)

Injured Syrian army members receive honours during the opening of the Damascus International Fair. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus’s 61st International Fair opened this week with a spectacular sound and light show, singing and dancing, and a message of hope for a future w(...)

Outgoing ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.  Photograph:   ellou Binanicellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

Wanted: experienced lawyer to face down Donald Trump, restore the writ of international justice by pursuing Syria’s mass murderers despite the politic(...)

A statue of Mao shaking hands with a Uighur villager in Hotan, southwestern Xinjiang, China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/New York Times

Visiting Urumqi recently, the capital of the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang, you somehow had the feeling you were never alone. Whenever I l(...)

Relatives mourn during a group funeral for some of the 63 people killed on Saturday in a suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/New York Times

One minute, it was a wedding – nearly 1,000 guests packed under one roof, a thin partition segregating them by gender. Men shimmied to a live band, wo(...)

Men dig graves for three bomb blast victims, all members of one family,  a day after a suicide attack targeted a wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph: Jawad Jalali/EPA

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlini(...)

Security personnel patrol along a street in Jammu on Tuesday. Photograph: Rakesh Bakshi/AFP/Getty Images

Kashmir, a mountainous valley that borders Pakistan and India, has been a centre of conflict between the two nuclear-armed countries since the 1947 pa(...)

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