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Women and children who had fled Islamic State’s last areas of control at a camp in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Thousands of men, women and children charged with terrorism are being detained in overcrowded and degraded conditions amounting to ill-treatment in Ir(...)

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi: “ready for the fight of her life with Trump”. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their (...)

Lisa Smith: Her most likely exit from the al-Hawl camp in northeastern Syria is with the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lisa Smith has made a complex diplomatic situation even more difficult by doing media interviews in which she continues to stop well short of stepping(...)

The oil tanker Grace 1 is seen near the coast of La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz, southern Spain, on Thursday after it was seized in Gibraltar. Photograph: A Carrasco Ragel/EPA

British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dram(...)

The S&P 500 reached a record high on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Global stock markets were buoyed on Monday as a thaw in the US-China trade dispute lifted market sentiment and spurred a rally in equities. European (...)

Former US vice president Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris debate racial issues as Senator Bernie Sanders listens during the second night of the first US Democratic presidential election debate in Miami, last Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

In January, a reporter contacted the nascent Biden campaign to request an interview. She wanted to ask the former US vice president about lingering cr(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin during his interview with the Financial Times in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters

Just before midnight, Vladimir Putin perks up at the mention of the word “risk”. It encapsulates the man and his 20 years in power. Latterly, Russia (...)

 Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar,  Tulsi Gabbard,  Jay Inslee and John Delaney pose for a photo on stage before the start of a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP

The race to become the Democratic candidate to take on Donald Trump in next year’s presidential election began in earnest on Wednesday night, with 10 (...)

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian judiciary officials in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. Photograph: Iran government handout/EPA

The latest round of US sanctions on senior Iranian figures could finish off the remote possibility of talks between Tehran and Washington. Experts a(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Investors are uneasy over rising tensions in the Middle East. Photograph: EPA

Irish shares outperformed European peers yesterday as markets were hit by trade jitters and rising tensions over Middle East sanctions. In the US, in(...)

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