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Outgoing US defence secretary Jim Mattis has achieved martyr status among Democrats who did not lament his dismissal by Barack Obama. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

In 2013, Jim Mattis was removed from the helm of US Central Command by Barack Obama. Too bellicose by half, was said to be the president’s view of the(...)

In the news: some of the headline-makers of 2018

Answer all 100 questions in our special Christmas Quiz to be in with a chance of winning one of the following prizes: 1st prize: One night (...)

A flag depicting Abdullah Öcalan, founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Washington’s Kurdish allies face the threat of Turkish invasion and occupation of the border zone they rule in Syria once US troops pull out of that c(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said  US had informed him in advance about their troop withdrawal. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has vowed to step up Israel’s fight against Iran’s military presence in Syria, amid concerns that the US military’s (...)

James Mattis, US secretary of defence: his decision to quit  came after the US president Donald Trump confirmed he is ending all US military operations in Syria and Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Europe responded with a mixture of panic, disorientation and frantic steps to limit the damage after the resignation of US defence secretary James Mat(...)

A convoy of US army troops and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Kurdish militia patrol near al-Ghanamya village  at the Syrian-Turkish border, in April 2017. Photograph: Youssef Rabie Youssef/EPA

US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw 2,200 troops from Syria is a destabilising game-changer. He declared victory over Islamic State in Sy(...)

US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey, in April 2017. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has claimed victory over the Islamic State terror group in Syria as the White House said it had begun to pull US troops out (...)

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arriving at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver, Canada on December 12th. Photograph:  Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP

A third Canadian citizen has been detained by Chinese authorities, Canada’s ministry of global affairs said, as the high-profile arrest of a senior te(...)

A man walks past the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. The compromised material provides insight into Europe’s struggle to understand the political turmoil engulfing three continents. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an un(...)

Shots are fired from a vehicle during heavy fighting between the Yemeni government and Houthis in Hodeidah, Yemen. Image: Arab 24/via Reuters

Yemen’s Red Sea Hodeidah port and neighbouring city were quiet on Tuesday, although a ceasefire that came into effect at midnight was violated for sev(...)

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