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John Bolton, the US national security adviser, looking on from the background as President Donald Trump meets with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Only one person can save us from the dangerous belligerent in the White House. And that person is Donald Trump. How screwed up is that? Will the pre(...)

Guided missiles seen in the sky during what is reported to be an attack in Damascus, Syria in January. Photograph: Youmiyat Qadifat Hawun fi Damashq/Reuters

Syrian air defences targeted projectiles fired from the direction of Israel for the second night in a row, Syrian state media said on Saturday. The p(...)

US president Donald Trump with White House national security adviser John Bolton: Taking on Iran presents a different challenge than Iraq given Tehran’s formidable military capacity. Photograph: Carlos Barria

Is the United States moving closer to war? This week, uncomfortable memories of the run-up to the Iraq conflict were in the air in Washington as (...)

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt says Iranian regime’s conduct has worsened. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Britain has advised all citizens holding dual British and Iranian nationality to avoid travelling to Iran, saying they faced an unacceptably higher ri(...)

Huawei said blocking it from doing business in the United States would hamper the introduction of next-generation communications technology. Photograph: Mauritz Antin/EPA

The Trump administration has issued an executive order apparently aimed at banning Huawei’s equipment from US networks and said it was subjecting the (...)

US national security advisor, John Bolton (background) looks on during a meeting between president Donald Trump and president of Chile, Sebastian Piñera in the Oval Office in September, 2018. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post/Getty

In a scene evocative of the 1980s and 1990s and 2000s, a Republican administration has sent US naval forces to the Persian Gulf. As a mark of his infl(...)

Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded a Fields Medal for her mathematical research. She died from breast cancer at the age of 40 in 2017.

The influential collection of biographical essays by Eric Temple Bell, Men of Mathematics, was published in 1937. It covered the lives of about 40 mat(...)

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(...)

Photograph:  Fred Dufour/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump plans in coming days to sign an executive order that would prohibit American companies from using gear made by foreign telec(...)

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a meeting in Sochi. Photograph:  Pavel Golovkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called for Moscow and Washington to put aside mistrust and build a more (...)

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