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An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched from the flight deck of the  USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea last Thursday. Iran claimed Trump is being ‘goaded’ by national security adviser John Bolton into starting a war. Handout photograph: Reuters

Tensions between Iran and the United States have intensified after Tehran warned the US not to threaten the country following inflammatory comments by(...)

Tajikistan’s president Emomali Rahmon (third from left) pictured with then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2009. Photograph: AP/Ria Novosti

Three prison guards and 29 inmates have been killed in a prison riot in Tajikistan that the government blamed on Islamic State militants. Tajikistan(...)

US president Donald Trump with his national security adviser, John Bolton, in the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

US president Donald Trump warned Tehran to stop threatening America and suggested the US would destroy the Islamic Republic if there was a military c(...)

John Bolton, the US national security adviser, looking on from the background as President Donald Trump meets with Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at the White House. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Only one person can save us from the dangerous belligerent in the White House. And that person is Donald Trump. How screwed up is that? Will the pre(...)

US president Donald Trump with White House national security adviser John Bolton: Taking on Iran presents a different challenge than Iraq given Tehran’s formidable military capacity. Photograph: Carlos Barria

Is the United States moving closer to war? This week, uncomfortable memories of the run-up to the Iraq conflict were in the air in Washington as (...)

Chelsea Manning speaking to the press in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge found former US soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning in contempt of court and ordered her back to jail on Thursday for refusin(...)

President Donald Trump addresses troops during a surprise visit to  Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in December. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

The United States ordered staff to vacate US embassies and consulates in Iraq on Wednesday amid signs of mounting tensions between the United States a(...)

 A member of Iraqi federal police forces stands guard next to a popular market in Baghdad’s Karada district. Photograph: EPA

Washington has ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq, after repeated US expressions of concern about threats from Iran(...)

Houthi  forces withdrawing from Saleef port in Hodeidah province, Yemen.  Photograph: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters

The withdrawal of rebel Houthi forces from Yemen’s three Red Sea ports is proceeding according to plan despite Saudi-backed government accusations tha(...)

An Iranian protester pretends to punch a mask mocking President Donald Trump during a rally after Friday prayers in Tehran. Photograph:  Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Iranian officials rebuffed US president Donald Trump’s suggestion that they call him to try to defuse frictions as the US ratcheted up its actions aga(...)

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