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Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi  speaks during a press briefing on the 27th day of a partial government shutdown. Photograph: Reuters/Joshua Roberts

US president Donald Trump has cancelled the US delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos as the impasse over the US government shutdown d(...)

A  US soldier sits in the rear of Chinook helicopter while flying over Kabul. Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

He won the US presidential election on an anti-interventionist platform, promising to extricate the US military from “dumb wars” in the Middle East. (...)

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton: “The primary point is we are going to withdraw from northeastern Syria.” Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

US forces will remain in northeastern Syria until Turkey agrees not to go after the Kurds, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday, insis(...)

An Afghan man removes snow next to his handcart after the first snow in winter  in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. The mining disaster occurred during a heavy snowfall in the Kohistan district. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

At least 30 Afghans were killed on Sunday when the tunnel they were digging in to mine gold in northern Afghanistan collapsed, officials said. Offici(...)

Mullah Jan holds Sima in the back of a taxi as he brings her body   to her hometown.  Photograph: Kiana Hayeri/The New York Times

On the small whiteboard above the little girl’s hospital bed, in the medical bills that she had no one left to pay, and in the news reports about a sh(...)

A file image showing US  Special Forces at a front line outpost outside Manbij in Syria. Senator  Lindsey Graham, suggested  the US troop pullout had been slowed and that he felt ‘a lot better’ about the plan after meeting with Mr Trump. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of US forces in Syria, Republican senator Lindsey Graham has said. “I think we’re in (...)

Outgoing US defence secretary Jim Mattis has achieved martyr status among Democrats who did not lament his dismissal by Barack Obama. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

In 2013, Jim Mattis was removed from the helm of US Central Command by Barack Obama. Too bellicose by half, was said to be the president’s view of the(...)

Liam Tilly in his Christmas jumper outside his house on Bath Avenue in Sandymount, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Liam Tilly is not going mad for Christmas this year. He has ordered only three turkeys: one each for two of his sons, and one for himself. Each one wi(...)

James Mattis, US secretary of defence: his decision to quit  came after the US president Donald Trump confirmed he is ending all US military operations in Syria and Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Europe responded with a mixture of panic, disorientation and frantic steps to limit the damage after the resignation of US defence secretary James Mat(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan welcomed the second call for applicants to the Humanitarian Admission Programme. File photograph: Eric Luke

The Minister for Justice has announced that a family reunification programme launched earlier this year is to re-open until the end of January 2019 af(...)

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