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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo intends to raise concerns over the national and regional presence of Huawei in talks with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

Top US officials will visit central Europe this week to discuss closer co-operation on issues ranging from energy to defence, and to shore up alliance(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Isis at the US state department in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has said he expected a formal announcement as early as next week that the coalition fighting Islamic State militants has rec(...)

US soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in  Afghanistan,  February 2nd, 2019 Photograph: EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Zhou Enlai’s supposed judgment on the French Revolution has always looked unbeatable for magisterial long-termism. “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese pre(...)

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange. Two-thirds of investors surveyed in the wake of the global financial crisis believed the S&P 500 fell in 2009; in reality, it soared 26 per cent. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A simple question to start: in the last 20 years, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has: (a) almost doubled; (b) re(...)

A young couple who can’t afford to buy a dog for their son bring him to a Tehran park park so he can play with dogs there. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi via The New York Times

Wherever Asal Bahrierad goes, her Shih Tzu terrier, Teddy, follows. The 31-year-old Iranian even slept in her car with Teddy for three nights, she sai(...)

FBI director Christopher Wray, CIA director Gina Haspel and director of national intelligence Dan Coats testify at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on “worldwide threats” last Tuesday in Washington. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

In the early stages of the Trump presidency, as US allies struggled to adjust to the new froideur, cool heads in Washington offered reassurance by say(...)

 President Donald Trump: The EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency reject his claims  Iran has continued its nuclear weapons research. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Two announcements last week, in Europe and the US respectively – and reactions to them – were testimony to the continuing frustration in Europe with t(...)

Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri  takes a selfie with journalists at the Presidential Palace in east Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday.  Photograph: Wael Hamzeh

French president Emmanuel Macron has welcomed the emergence of a new Lebanese government nine months after the country’s first parliamentary election (...)

US president Donald Trump signs an executive order beside American manufacturing workers in  the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

A defiant President Donald Trump has declared that he has all but given up on negotiating with the US Congress over his Mexican border wall and will b(...)

 Huawei called its exclusion   “a discriminatory act based on a groundless and misleading warning issued by [the country’s agency for cybersecurity] ... If no resolution is found, Huawei will consider all its options.” Photograph:  Thomas Peter/Reuters

The Czech Republic has become the latest country to take action against Chinese technology firm Huawei, as a US-led push to tackle alleged security th(...)

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