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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

US president Donald Trump. He sees the office much as he did the night of his stunning victory – as a prize he must fight to protect every waking moment, with Twitter as his Excalibur. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Around 5.30 each morning, President Donald Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, mo(...)

Adam Driver at the red carpet event for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his (...)

An Iraqi soldier and policeman wave their national flag in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square celebrating the end of the three-year war against Islamic State. Photograph:  AFP /Getty Images

An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is under way in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokes(...)

“I know people who eat this stuff,” Clarkson  says bitterly over a piece of lettuce. “They’re called women”

There may be only one way to see The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime, now streaming), the successor to Clarkson-Hammond-May’s mid-life-crisis motoring show T(...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

Britain’s secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson as he left 10 Downing Street, London this week. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

British Muslims who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State should be tracked down and killed, the newly-appointed British defence secr(...)

A family in the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Anthi Pazianouanthi/Getty Images

A lesson for today: in 1716 the Turks controlled most of the Balkans, including the Greek mainland, but they had failed to capture Corfu and the othe(...)

Palestinians burn posters depicting Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US pesident Donald Trump during a protest against the US intention to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launch the process of shifting the US embassy to there from Tel Aviv, has stoke(...)

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