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The Strava global heatmap can highlight areas with an unusually high concentration of connected, exercise-focused individuals. Photograph: Strava heatmap

The Pentagon said on Monday it was reviewing whether it needed to bolster its security protocols after fitness tracking devices broadcast patterns of (...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta waves upon his arrival to his inauguration ceremony where he will be sworn in as president at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph:  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second five-year term as president of Kenya in a colourful ceremony that few believe will signal the end of po(...)

Chinese president: Xi Jinping. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty

‘Hide our strength, bide our time.” For a quarter-century, China’s approach to the outside world has generally adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s foreign poli(...)

Belfast City Hall. Lonely Planet said the city has undergone a makeover, and is now ‘full of hip neighbourhoods that burst with bars, restaurants and venues to suit all tastes.’

Belfast and the Causeway Coast have been named the top region in the world to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. The region tops the ranking in the trav(...)

Director Wu Jin has spoken of watching the People’s Liberation Army in action after the 2008 earthquake, telling the ‘People’s Daily’ how he “wanted to showcase the kindness, wit, courage and sacrifice of Chinese soldiers”. Photograph: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Holding aloft the red flag of China, former special forces operative Leng Feng, played by martial arts hero Wu Jing, bellows to the warring African fa(...)

International Organization for Migration staff assisting Somali and Ethiopian migrants, who were reportedly forced into the sea by smugglers, on a beach in Shabwa, Yemen. Photograph: EPA/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Five migrants are dead and more than 50 are missing after smugglers forced them from a boat off the coast of Yemen in the second such drowning in two (...)

 A cholera-infected child receives treatment at a makeshift tent at a hospital in  Yemen. Photograph: EPA/Yahya Arhab

One million Yemeni children are at risk of dying from cholera due to the war and blockade in the country, according to the charity Save the Children. (...)

The Pentagon report estimated that China spent $180 billion  in 2016 on its defence, far higher than the official figure of $144.3 billion. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

China has attacked Washington’s “cold war mentality” after a Pentagon report focused on Beijing’s ambitions in the South China Sea, its plans to open (...)

The aftermath of    a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. Militant jihadist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At the end of last year, Ethiopia withdrew thousands of troops previously assisting the internationally-funded African military force battling al-Qaed(...)

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