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The scene where the seaplane crashed into a Sydney river killing six people. Photograph: Nine Network via Reuters TV

A high-profile British businessman died in a seaplane crash on New Year’s Eve alongside his fiancee, his two sons and her 11-year-old daughter. Richa(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu:  police are expected to wrap up two separate graft investigations into Mr Netanyahu in the coming weeks. Photograph:  Amir Cohen/Reuters

Israel’s Knesset parliament has passed a controversial “police recommendations Bill” which bars the police from publicising recommendations from thei(...)

Donald Trump: Despite the outrage of millions of Americans, the reality-TV star did indeed arrive in Washington on January 20th and take up residence in the White House.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

On a cold January day in early 2017 the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, ascended the steps of the United States Capitol, in Washing(...)

Saudi crown prince: Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi royal palace/AFP

In Saudi Arabia, where political change is incremental and social reform usually measured in decades if not centuries, it was a year of extraordinary (...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

Israeli transport minister Israel Katz:  “I have decided to name the Western Wall station ... after US president Donald Trump for his courageous and historic decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.” File photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

A senior Israeli member of cabinet wants to name a train station after Donald Trump to thank him for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but t(...)

 Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, votes at the United Nations security council. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The US government has announced significant cuts in its United Nations budget obligations for 2018-2019 in what will be interpreted as a further ratc(...)

Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Photogrraph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has said he would “no longer accept” any peace plan proposed by the United States, instead calling on France(...)

Arab League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit  and Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki: eight Palestinians have been killed and nearly 500 arrested by Israel since Donald Trump declared his shift of policy on Jerusalem. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump’s threats against UN members who vote in favour of the resolution calling for him to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s cap(...)

 US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley:  “The United States will remember this day when it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly.” Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a measure critical of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the cap(...)

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