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US president Donald Trump announces the lifting of sanctions on Turkey in a White House speech on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has lifted sanctions on Turkey, saying the country has committed to a permanent ceasefire in northern Syria and defending th(...)

Kurdish protesters in front of the United Nations Building in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, demonstrating against the ongoing Turkish military operation in Northern Syria against Kurdish forces. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA

Syria’s hobbled and harried Kurds have provided Ankara with two pretexts for invading northeast Syria. Syria’s Kurds, numbering up to 2.5 million, ar(...)

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US president Donald Trump  at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s shock abandonment of Syrian Kurdish fighters who partnered the US in the war against Islamic State could give impetus to r(...)

Protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment, in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty

At least 19 people have been killed as security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators on the fifth day of anti-government protest(...)

An Injured protester walks towards Tahrir Square to join anti-government protesters in central Baghdad, Iraq. Photograph: Hadi Mizban/AP

Iraq is on a hair trigger. The removal from his post a week ago of widely popular counter-terrorism commander Lt Gen Abdel Wahhab al-Saadi has explode(...)

An Iraqi protestor gestures in front of security forces during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, on Wednesday in the southern city of Basra. Photograph: Getty Images

Three people were killed and at least 115 wounded on Wednesday in renewed nationwide clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, the larg(...)

 A gas flame behind pipelines in the desert at Khurais oil field, about 160km from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco, two of its oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, Khurais and Abqaiq, were set on fire after allegedly having been targeted by drone attacks. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

US president Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facil(...)

 Iraqi Shia worshipers gather next to the site of a stampede inside Imam Hussain shrine, in the holy city of Karbala, southern Iraq. Photograph: EPA

At least 31 pilgrims were killed in the Iraqi city of Karbala on Tuesday in a stampede after part of a walkway collapsed during the Ashura religious c(...)

Israeli soldiers patrolling near the northern Israeli town of Avivim, close to the border with Lebanon.  Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty

Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun has said his country has a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that he said were akin to a “declaration(...)

Automatic chess-playing machines were crude and plodding, and easily beaten. Now they are unbeatable, even by a grand master thanks to clever algorithms. File photograph: Alan Betson

The impact of computing on society is ever increasing. Web-based commerce continues to grow and artificial intelligence now pervades our lives. To mak(...)

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