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Jordanian emergency services and security forces at a damaged building during a police raid on a house sheltering terrorists suspected of detonating  a bomb under a police van. Photograph:  Getty Images

Jordan’s King Abdullah has vowed to hunt down and hold to account perpetrators of two violent incidents that killed six security officers and wounded (...)

Then presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault Newman at a church service in Detroit, Michigan, in September 2016.  Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Donald Trump has hit back at his former aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, after she released tapes of secretly recorded White House conversations, inclu(...)

The old district of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang province, in 2016  . Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, is an autonomous region that is home to 10 million Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

International pressure is growing on China after reports that more than one million ethnic Uighurs are being interned in political re-education camps (...)

Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on an indictment against him by special counsel Robert Mueller on charges of witness tampering, in Washington DC on June 15th. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

A week before the Trump presidential campaign announced that it had hired Paul Manafort, a New York Yankees ticket specialist alerted him that his ann(...)

Syrians gather at a site of car bomb in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian military has deployed along the borders of al-Qaeda-dominated Idlib province and has begun shelling insurgents’ positions, prompting fears (...)

Russian dolls in the likeness of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russia will regard any US move to curb  its banks as a “declaration of economic war”. Photograph: Mikhail Pochuyev\TASS via Getty Images

Russia will further decrease its holdings of US securities in response to new sanctions against Moscow but has no plans to shut down US companies in R(...)

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin  and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow   in Kazakhstan,  August 12th. Photograph:  Epa/Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin/Pool

Iran and four ex-Soviet states, including Russia, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Cas(...)

One kiss or two, or may be three. Photograph: iStock

I’ve come to dread bumping into acquaintances unexpectedly, particularly if they’ve recently returned from holidays. You pretend to be delighted to se(...)

Jailed Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov: his health is reported to be deteriorating rapidly. Photograph: Russian High Commissioner for Human Rights Press Centre

French president Emmanuel Macron has urged the Kremlin to find a “humanitarian solution” to the case of Oleh Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director jailed(...)

Oil drilling platform on Caspian shelf in western Kazakhstan: huge inland body of water has rich oil and caviar resources. Photograph: Anatoliy Ustinenko

After more than two decades of talks, the five nations surrounding the Caspian Sea plan to finalise an agreement this weekend on the status of the hug(...)

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