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P.K. Kunhalikutty, a member of the Indian parliament, speaks to reporters outside the supreme court in New Delhi. The court has deferred a hearing  on a controversial citizenship law. Photograph: T. Narayan/Bloomberg

India’s supreme court has refused to suspend the implementation of a controversial new citizenship law that has triggered countrywide protests in whic(...)

The High Court’s Mr Justice Max Barrett made the declaration of unconstitutionality last July. Photograph: Collins

The Supreme Court is to hear an appeal by the State over a finding of unconstitutionality concerning a law preventing recognition, for family reunific(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday. Photograph: Iranian presidency/AFP

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has warned that European soldiers in the Middle East could be in danger after the UK, France and Germany triggered a d(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen greets Croatia’s prime  minister Andrej Plenkovic at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Every new presidency of the EU has its own flavour, its own national initiative to mark it out from the rest and to be remembered by. Croatia, a grou(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden and senator Bernie Sanders during the 2020 Democratic campaign debate in Los Angeles in December. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The leading Democrats vying to take on Donald Trump in November’s US presidential election are set to spar over who would make the best commander-in-c(...)

A view of snow on mountains near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan. Photograph: Akhter Gulfam/EPA

Severe winter weather has struck parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, leaving at least 43 people dead. Authorities are struggling to clear and reopen m(...)

US law gives Donald Trump as president sweeping powers to attack whoever he “determines” planned, authorised, committed or aided the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

We are so used to egregious lies we scarcely notice them anymore. But we may be entering a new phase of official mendacity. Governments don’t usually (...)

 Students and activists take part in a protest against Sunday’s  attacks on the  Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, in front of Gateway of India in Mumbai on Monday. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Demonstrations erupted across India on Monday after a brutal attack on students and teachers of a premier university in the federal capital New Delhi (...)

 A protester places a shoe on a poster of US president Donald Trump outside the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Khalid al-Mousily/Reuters

George W Bush had the chance to take him down. So did Barack Obama. But ultimately it was Donald Trump who ordered a strike that killed Qassem Suleima(...)

An Iranian man holds a poster of slain Iranian Revolutionary Guard major general Qassem Suleimani during a mourning prayer in Tehran on Friday. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP

The US assassination of Iran’s Quds force commander Qassem Suleimani is certain to have a major impact and wide-ranging repercussions in the region. (...)

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