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A line of US military vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij last month. Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement on Twitter that the US would withdraw its 2,000 troops from Syria was a recklessly short-sighted move. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

With the Republican Party having lost control of the domestic agenda in Congress, it’s likely that President Donald Trump will pivot more to foreign a(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to disrupt an orderly US withdrawal from Syria. Photograph: EPA/STR

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s public snubbing of US national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday is the latest sign of the disarray surrounding President(...)

US national security adviser John Bolton  and Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin  following their meeting  in the Turkish capital Ankara. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The fallout from Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from Syria intensified on Tuesday as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a blis(...)

Euro sign in Frankfurt: the euro is the currency of choice in some 36 per cent of international payments to the dollar’s 40 per cent. Photograph: Bernd Kammerer

The battle for international dominance between the dollar and the euro has been one that has lain dormant for much of the single currency’s 20-year ex(...)

Former Irish ambassador to the US Anne Anderson, who stepped down  in 2017, stipulated that she be welcomed into the Friendly Sons of St Patrick association as a full member and not just in an honorary capacity. File photograph: Alan Betson

Former Irish ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson has said she was “disappointed” by the Taoiseach’s response to calls to stop sending Irish (...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir delivering a speech at the presidential palace in Khartoum on Thursday. He faces one of the biggest crises of his long leadership.  Photograph: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Short of time to save his sinking economy, Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir boarded a Russian jet on December 17th and became the first Arab leader to(...)

 Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband said his wife was not receiving medical treatment for lumps in her breasts or psychiatric care. Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British woman imprisoned in Tehran on espionage charges, is to go on hunger strike to protest at being denied access to(...)

A file image showing US  Special Forces at a front line outpost outside Manbij in Syria. Senator  Lindsey Graham, suggested  the US troop pullout had been slowed and that he felt ‘a lot better’ about the plan after meeting with Mr Trump. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of US forces in Syria, Republican senator Lindsey Graham has said. “I think we’re in (...)

British immigration minister Caroline Nokes visits UK Border Force staff at Dover Marina  in  England. The growing number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel has been declared a “major incident” by UK home secretary Sajid Javid. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

British home secretary Sajid Javid is cutting short a Christmas break to return to the UK to deal with a wave of attempts by migrants to cross the Eng(...)

President Donald Trump during an unannounced trip at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Uncertainty created by US policy shifts in the Middle East is forcing regional and international actors to rethink relationships and forge new approac(...)

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