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President Donald Trump during a surprise visit to at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq last year. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Iraq will send envoys to Washington and Tehran in a bid to “halt tension” threatening conflict between the US and Iran. Fearing war would devastate hi(...)

US president Donald Trump with his national security adviser, John Bolton, in the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump warned Tehran to stop threatening America and suggested the US would destroy the Islamic Republic if there was a military c(...)

President Donald Trump addresses troops during a surprise visit to  Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in December. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

The United States ordered staff to vacate US embassies and consulates in Iraq on Wednesday amid signs of mounting tensions between the United States a(...)

 A member of Iraqi federal police forces stands guard next to a popular market in Baghdad’s Karada district. Photograph: EPA

Washington has ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq, after repeated US expressions of concern about threats from Iran(...)

 In this file photo taken on February 2013, US soldiers work on a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

The US will move a Patriot air defence missile system into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon has said, reflecting ongoing con(...)

Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in conversation with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Baghdad. Photograph: AFP/Getty

The unexpected visit to Baghdad on Tuesday by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo unsettled the Iraqi government and stoked rather than reduced anxietie(...)

 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at court in London on May 1, 2019 to be sentenced for bail violation. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a British court on Wednesday for skipping bail when he holed up in Ecuador’s L(...)

A gas flare on an oil production platform beside a national flag in Iran: exports have fallen to a million barrels per day. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi

Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi expect to benefit from the Trump administration’s decision to end waivers that permit key consumers – among them India, Chi(...)

Although half of Islamic State’s foreign recruits may have been killed in action, survivors have dispersed and sprung up across the globe. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

The fall of the last pocket of Islamic State territory at the village of Baghouz in southeastern Syria does not signal the defeat of the terror group.(...)

Dublin placed 32nd in Mercer’s safety ranking. Photograph: iStock

Dublin ranked in 33rd place, ahead of London, Paris and Madrid, in a quality of living survey that took more than 230 cities into account. Human res(...)

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