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US president Donald Trump after an exchange with reporters prior to the start of a Cabinet meeting the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.  Also pictured (from left) are interior secretary Ryan Zinke; John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state;  and Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defence. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump has warned of “severe consequences” if Iran restarts its nuclear activity, a day after he announced America’s withdrawal fro(...)

Athula Kuruppu Arachchi: “Running your own business is very hard, you have to sacrifice so much. You’re not getting any margin at the beginning.” Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Athula Kuruppu Arachchi’s grandmother taught him to cook. As a child, he’d often watch in fascination as she bustled around the family kitchen mixing (...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir during a press conference in Riyadh, on Sunday. Photographs: Ahmed Yosri/EPA

New US secretary of state Mike Pompeo stressed the need for unity among Gulf allies during a brief visit to Riyadh on Sunday as Washington aims to mus(...)

Delegates Graham Fitzpatrick, Ed Platt, John Paul Phelan and Michael Weed call for equal pay for all teachers at the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation’s annual congress in Killarney. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Recently, a teaching colleague of mine in another school suggested to a parent that her child seemed very tired all the time, and wondered why. The pa(...)

 Lewis Hamilton of  Mercedes  before the Bahrain  Grand Prix  on April 8th. Photograph:   Charles Coates/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton has warned that he and his Mercedes team must improve communication after his third place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sebastian (...)

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage: his suggestion that June 23rd, when Britain voted to leave the EU, should be declared “independence day” has received surprisingly scant support.  File photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Name something that Denmark and the United Kingdom probably don’t have that probably every other country probably does have. As you can already tell,(...)

 Tunisians wave national flags during a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis last month. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

For those of us who were there – apart, presumably, from the family, friends and entourage of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the dictator who had just been (...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

 Pope Francis  speaks to journalists aboard his flight to Italy at the end of his visit to South America on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Luca Zennaro

Pope Francis has apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had “wounded many” in comments defending a Chilean bishop wh(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: economic siege has pushed Gulf state closer to Iran and has ensured he is probably the most secure ruler in the region. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

If a cult of personality is essential for absolute rulers to maintain power then Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, has nothing to fe(...)

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