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A female fighter of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flashes the victory gesture  on Saturday  after the SDF announced the total elimination of the Islamic State  group’s last bastion in eastern Syria. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images.

US-backed forces on Saturday said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria, ending its territorial rule o(...)

A file photo taken on October 19th, 1973 shows Israeli defence minister Gen Moshe Dayan (R) looking towards the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, four days after the beginning of the Yom Kippur War. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thursday’s tweet by US president Donald Trump stating that it was time for the US to “fully recognise” Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights is (...)

The Jewish settlement of Qatzrin in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump fuelled speculation that the United States will recognise Israel’s claims over the Golan Heights when prime minister Binyami(...)

Leaders at the summit will discuss the EU’s most important relationship of the next decade: China. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

One cautious step at a time. EU leaders, diplomats in Brussels were insisting, can only consider what is formally put in front of them. If Theresa Ma(...)

Destruction following an airstrike in the jihadist-held city of Idlib in  northwestern Syria on March 14th. Photograph: Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty

Foreign ministers have pledged as much as $5 billion (€4.4 billion) to help Syrian refugees inside the country and on its borders, as European officia(...)

 Republican US senator Lindsey Graham, Israel prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu    and US ambassador David Friedman at the border line between Israel and Syria at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on  March 11th. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

The Trump administration may recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights when prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu visits the White House later (...)

Close ties: Iraq’s prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi  with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Baghdad. Photograph: EPA/Ahmed Jalil

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will conclude his first official visit to Iraq on Wednesday after signing agreements on energy, trade and the constru(...)

Zehut party leader Moshe Feiglin advocates a mix of extreme right-wing and libertarian policies. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Moshe Feiglin and his Zehut (Identity) party have emerged as the surprise package in the Israeli elections and, with polls showing a close race betwee(...)

No educational system I’m aware of has come up with anything better than an exam. It does roughly assess how much they’ve studied. It is supposed to be difficult. Generally speaking, pressure is a good thing.

They say – whoever they are – that the Leaving Cert is the most difficult exam anyone goes through. Not just because of the sheer volume of informatio(...)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment. Photograph: Family handout/PA

Britain is to give jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in an attempt to put pressure on Iran to release (...)

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