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Macedonia’s foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov (left) and Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg after the signing ceremony of the accession protocol at Nato headquarters in Brussels. Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Nato states have signed an accession agreement with Macedonia, after Athens lifted its veto on the move as part of a deal to change the country’s name(...)

US president Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/ pool /AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump appealed to Congress to end “decades of political stalemate” as he made a call for unity in his annual State of the Union ad(...)

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrives for the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives in Moscow on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images

Senior Afghan politicians, including former president Hamid Karzai, began a meeting with Taliban representatives in Moscow on Tuesday, weeks after the(...)

Insurgents stormed a checkpoint in northern Baghlan province. Photograph: Google Maps

At least 21 people including 11 police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan, provincial officials said. Insurgents stormed a (...)

A  statue of Alexander the Great in Skopje, Macedonia: has 28 years of prevarication and chicanery come to an end?  Photograph Akos Stiller/The New York Times

The “Prespes agreement”, which brings into existence the newly named state of the “Republic of North Macedonia”, has been ratified by both the Skopje (...)

Trekkers and porters hike down the Baltoro glacier in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan. File photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw this century as temperatures rise, scientists said on Monday. Vast glaciers(...)

FBI director Christopher Wray, CIA director Gina Haspel and director of national intelligence Dan Coats testify at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on “worldwide threats” last Tuesday in Washington. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In the early stages of the Trump presidency, as US allies struggled to adjust to the new froideur, cool heads in Washington offered reassurance by say(...)

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order beside American manufacturing workers in  the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

A defiant President Donald Trump has declared that he has all but given up on negotiating with the US Congress over his Mexican border wall and will b(...)

President Donald Trump  in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg

Details of a second summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be announced early next week, Mr Trump said on T(...)

American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division walkin in the mountains of Paktia Province in Afghanistan, in April 2013. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory(...)

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