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US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May: Nations must be “clear and unwavering about where Russia needs to change its behaviour”. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

Theresa May has accused Russia of undermining western democracies, disregarding global norms and damaging western interests around the world. Speaking(...)

 The Syrian national flag rises in the midst of damaged buildings in Daraa-al-Balad, an opposition-held part of the southern city of Daraa, on Thursday. Photograph: Mohamad Abazeed/AFP/Getty Images

Forces loyal to the regime of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have entered rebel-controlled parts of Daraa, the birthplace of protests that led t(...)

Maedeh Hojabri (19) was arrested for dancing in her bedroom and posting clips on social media. Image: Twitter

Like many teenage girls, Maedeh Hojabri liked to dance in her bedroom, record it and post clips to Instagram. But Hojabri lives in Iran, where women (...)

A Syrian child rides his bike after Syrian government forces recently recaptured the village of Ghariyah ash Sharqiyah from the rebels, in the province of Deraa. Photograph:  AFP/ Youssef Karwashan/ Getty Images

Syrian official media on Monday reported that the country’s air defences had destroyed several Israeli missiles and hit a warplane attacking an airbas(...)

A young mother breastfeeding her infant daughter. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A resolution to encourage breastfeeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this sprin(...)

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz listens to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference  in Vienna on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Jaeger/AFP/Getty Images

A potential confrontation between the US and Iran is brewing in the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran threatened to block the Gulf passageway in retaliati(...)

Gonen Segev is escorted by prison guards as he arrives at court in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/EPA

The trial has begun in Jerusalem of former Israeli minister Gonen Segev, who is accused of spying for Iran and providing information on Israeli bases (...)

We are becoming ever more vulnerable, partly because daily life is becoming more dependent on computers, and partly because cyber-offence is far ahead of cyber-defence. Photograph: iStock/Getty

If you’re worried about terrorism, here’s a bigger threat to lose sleep over: an all-out cyberattack. Suddenly, the electricity goes out at the offic(...)

US president Donald Trump had called for Opec to lower prices. Iran’s Opec governor said his tweet had the opposite effect, claiming prices had risen $10. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump, who recently called on Opec producers to help reduce oil prices, has raised prices through his tweets, Iranian Opec Governo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said media, ‘should not consider itself above criticism’. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A free press is as important as the parliamentary or courts system in a democracy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in response to controversy over his exp(...)

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