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Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday as  the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. Photograph: ISNA/AP

The Strait of Hormuz, sometimes described as the world’s most important oil choke point, is a gateway for almost a third of all crude oil and other pe(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the ultimate arbiter in Iran’s system of governance. Photograph: Official Khamenei website/Handout via Reurters

Iran has said it will not submit to Trump administration demands to negotiate over its nuclear and missile programmes, its revolutionary ethos and arm(...)

 In this file photo taken on February 2013, US soldiers work on a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

The US will move a Patriot air defence missile system into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon has said, reflecting ongoing con(...)

Omar Nabi speaks to the media about losing his father Haji Daoud in the mosque attacks. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Fifty people have been confirmed killed, and 50 injured, in Friday’s terrorist attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. As of Sa(...)

Shamima Begum (19) in a Syrian refugee camp reading a copy of the UK home office letter stripping her of British citizenship. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

It was, former US chief justice Earl Warren remarked, “a form of punishment more primitive than torture”. For Voltaire, it was not only irrational but(...)

A fighter for the Syrian Democratic Forces  in Raqqa, Syria in 2017. The SDF have been holding the French jihadists but are no longer able to do so. Photograph: Reuters/Erik De Castro

Opposition politicians in France have responded with alarm to government confirmation that 130 French jihadists are to be repatriated from Syria. The(...)

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on January 12th, 2019.Photograph: Reuters

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who captured the world’s attention by barricading herself in a Thai hotel room after fleeing abuse in her own(...)

Asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, smiles as she is introduced to the media at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Photograph:  Cole Burston/Getty Images

It was another proud moment for Canada: a Saudi teenager who had just been granted asylum walking through the arrivals gate at Toronto airport embrace(...)

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun posing for a photo at the UNHCR office in Bangkok before her departure for Canada. Photograph: Khaled Ibrahim/UNHCR/AFP/Getty Images

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home has left Thailand for Canada, which has(...)

 Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed al-Qanun (18) being escorted by a Thai immigration officer and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees officials at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok. Photograph:  Handout/Thai Immigration Bureau/AFP

The United Nations has asked Australia to consider refugee resettlement for an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand saying she feared her fami(...)

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