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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to expand his nuclear arsenal as he disclosed a list of high-tech weapons systems under development, sa(...)

Annie Lynch, 79, from Dublin is administered the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as the first person to receive it in Ireland, at St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: EPA/MARC O’SULLIVAN / POOL

The landmass now known as Britain first disconnected from the Continent between 6000 and 5500 BC. Popular, if not populist, descriptions of what happe(...)

For North Korean spies, Austrian capital provides key gateway to Europe. Photograph: Getty

The bestselling author of espionage novels, John le Carré, often places his spies in Vienna. So does Kim Jong Un. The Austrian capital has long been(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2017.  Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

A dissident once branded Enemy No 1 by the Chinese Communist Party is spreading conspiracy theories about vote-rigging in the US presidential election(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden: Must be careful not to set moral standards that can only be flunked.  Photograph:  Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden is about to stroll through an orchard of low-hanging fruit. Once he is sworn in in January, the next US president will mend relations with E(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks to the press in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photograph Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty

2017 January 20th Trump inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His presidential rival Hillary Clinton is among those in attendance,(...)

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that, while all men are created evil, some are more evil than others. Women should simply stop having them . . (...)

Joe Biden’s reflection is seen as President Donald Trump speaks during the final presidential debate  in Nashville. Photograph:  Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed over whether the US is “turning the corner” on coronavirus in a final presidential debate that was more civil than (...)

Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir in April 2012. He was accused of allowing militant groups to operate from his state. Photograph: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Sudan is set to be removed from the US terrorism blacklist, after its new government paid $335 million towards victims of two al-Qaeda terrorist attac(...)

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