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The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3(...)

A container area at Ningbo port, Zhejiang province. China saw a forecast-busting 14.1 per cent year on year surge in imports which eclipsed export growth of 10 per cent, signalling that domestic demand was gathering the steam needed to drive economic recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Brent crude futures have steadied around $106 per barrel after China's total imports surged in March, suggesting that recovery in the world's n(...)

Damaged houses are seen in the earthquake stricken town of Bushehr in Iran Photograph: Mehr News Agency /Reuters

A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station today, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devasta(...)

A still image provided by the US navy  showing a remote-controlled target aircraft as it is hit by the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) during an exercise.  Photograph: US Navy

The US navy is going to sea for the first time with a laser attack weapon that has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry has arrived in Istanbul on the first leg of a 10-day trip to the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today world powers would pursue further talks with Iran to resolve a decade-old dispute over its nuclear(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)

Participants from the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany start talks with Iranian negotiators in Almaty today. Photograph: Ilyas Omarov/Pool/Reuters

World powers and Iran still appear far apart today as negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme aimed at calming tensions could boil over into(...)

Noam Chomsky. “The oil dictatorships, the countries that the West really cares about for obvious reasons, their uprisings have been suppressed very harshly and very successfully, with western support.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty

For a man of 84 who has described himself with approval as “a boring speaker”, Noam Chomsky meets a daunting schedule of public appearances, sp(...)

Iraqis examine damage inflicted on their house by a car bomb attack in AL-Mashtal district in Baghdad last Tuesday. Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq’s capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

On March 19th, 2003, the United States, under President George W Bush, and with the support of Britain and a number of other states, led an inv(...)

UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi: “The Russians and Americans are now talking to one another, and that is very positive.” Photograph: Reuters

When Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore expressed Ireland’s opposition to lifting the Eu ropean Un ion arms embargo on wea(...)

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