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Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) cross a street in the northern Syrian city of al-Hasaka. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

The New York Times Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops aided by US troops tightened their siege of a prison housing Islamic State suspec(...)

Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for Qasem Soleimani, in his hometown Kerman in January 2020. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

in Tehran On a bus for a “pilgrimage” to the grave of renowned Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, Hoda overheard others discussing what they would (...)

Yemeni pro-government fighters man a position in Ataq city, the capital of the province of Shabwa, east of the Red Sea port of Aden, on January 18th. Photograph:  Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP via Getty

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sana’a killed at least 20 people on Tuesday, rebel Houthi media and residents(...)

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney, a Republican representative from Wyoming, at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

When pigs fly. That’s the kind of surreal day Thursday was at the Capitol. Donald Trump has so malignantly scrambled his party and this country that w(...)

The recovery comes two weeks after two deadly incidents in the area involving boats loaded with migrants. Photograph: iStock

The body of a young child was recovered from the Aegean Sea on Saturday, two weeks after two deadly incidents in the area involving boats loaded with (...)

Reformist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr intends to split the Shia bloc, which had dominated Iraqi politics since the 2003 US occupation. Photograph: Karar Essa/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Iraq’s new parliament will on Sunday hold its first session since the party headed by reformist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won the most seats in Oct(...)

Gena Heraty, from Liscarney, Co Mayo, with residents and staff from Kay Christine Home, in Kenscoff, Haiti: “Nobody wants to donate money to an organisation to pay salaries. But staff are the ones who keep programmes going.”

The first day Gena Heraty went to work at a residential home in Haiti, she became a mother for the abandoned children in her care. She was 23 back the(...)

Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi waves during his swearing-in ceremony  in Tehran on August 5th, 2021. Photograph: Meghdad Madadi/ATPImages/Getty Images

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bided his time before publicly offering his seal of approval to the 2015 nuclear accord Tehran signed with world powers. But as(...)

Families  walk under a portrait of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran.  In 2019, 900 university professors left the county. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Unlike many Iranians, Maryam never dreamt of emigrating to a western state. She believed her home country could deliver a bright future for her 10-yea(...)

British prime minister Neville Chamberlain  making his ‘peace in our time’ address at Heston Airport on his return from Munich on November 30th, 1938. Photograph: Fox Photos/Getty Images

The eyes have become livelier, and that thin voice much more resonant. Nor does the upward revision of Neville Chamberlain in Munich: The Edge of(...)

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