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A neolithic jar from Khramis Didi-Gora, Georgia: Pottery fragments from 8,000-year-old jars unearthed near the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, are the earliest evidence of winemaking in the Near East, bringing the tradition back almost 1,000 years earlier than thought. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

Our ancestors in what is now the Republic of Georgia were quaffing wine 8,000 years ago, scientists have discovered. New archaeological evidence has (...)

The tragicomic scale of the disarray in the British government, which grows more dysfunctional with every week that Theresa May’s rudderless administr(...)

Patrons of a coffee shop in Beirut watch the television interview on Sunday with prime minister Saad Hariri, which took place in Saudi Arabia. Speculation is rampant that he is being held hostage there. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Sunday evening interview with Lebanon’s prime minister was meant to put to rest the rampant speculation that he was being held hostage in Saudi Ar(...)

British prime minister Theresa May with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during Remembrance Sunday in London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Theresa May lacks the authority to secure a transitional Brexit deal from the European Union and avoid an economic cliff edge after the UK leaves the (...)

A person injured by an  earthquake is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital  in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Photograph: Shwan Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Iranians dug through rubble in a frantic search for survivors on Monday after a powerful earthquake struck near the Iraqi border, killing more than 45(...)

Prime minister and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, meets  French president Emmanuel Macron in Dubai today. Photograph: Dubai Media Office/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed victory over the Islamic State terror group, two years after the attacks in Paris in which 130 people wer(...)

Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

The rout on Thursday by the Syrian army of Islamic State fighters from the eastern border town of Abu Kemal – their last stronghold in Syria – heralds(...)

Priti Patel leaves Number 10 Downing Street by the back entrance following her resignation as international development secretary on Wednesday night. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

British prime minister Theresa May has lost her second cabinet minister in a week, after Priti Patel, the international development secretary, was for(...)

James Rowe: “The Iranians have shown themselves to be rational actors for thousands of years. They will accept tough conditions if Trump keeps his promises of negotiating from strength.” Photograph: John Breen

A year ago, reeling from the US election result, I spent a morning interviewing people who identified themselves as Trump supporters. One year on, I(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The supply of rockets to the Iran-allied rebel Houthi movement could “constitute an act of war against the Kingdom”, state news agency SPA quoted him as saying. Photograph:  Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of “direct military aggression” that could be an act of war, (...)

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