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Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz have been reportedly attacked. Photograph: IRIB News Agency via AP

Opec said that international trade tensions are hurting demand for oil, slashing its estimates for consumption earlier in the year and predicting furt(...)

Buzz Aldrin on the moon in this July 20th, 1969 handout. The  BBC World Service podcast features  interviews with Michael Collins (who looked on from orbit) and Margaret Hamilton,the computer programmer whose code took them to the moon. Photograph: Reuters/Neil Armstrong/Nasa

We’re fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. On July 20th, 1969, as Neil Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin made(...)

US president Donald Trump. File Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has said that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he would be open to accepting it and that he would have (...)

A wooden brazier and stones used to burn cannabis, which were  excavated from the Jirzankal Cemetery, China. Photograph: Xinhua Wu/Institute of Archaeology, University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences/AFP/Getty Images

Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500(...)

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda visited the  US president Donald Trump  at the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Leah Millis

The United States is to send 1,000 additional troops to Poland, US president Donald Trump announced on Wednesday as he met with Polish president Andrz(...)

More than 1,200 marched through central Moscow on Wednesday  to protest against the handling of Ivan Golunov’s case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri Kochetkov

Police in Moscow cracked down on a demonstration against the framing of Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on Wednesday, arresting hundreds(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton delivers a speech during the 20th anniversary of the deployment of Nato troops in Kosovo, in Pristina on Thursday. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters

Former US president Bill Clinton was Kosovo’s chief guest of honour on Wednesday as it marked 20 years since Nato drove out Belgrade’s forces and help(...)

Ivan Golunov: a 36-year-old journalist known for exposing corruption among Moscow city officials was released after public outcry. Photograph: Evgeny Feldman/meduza.io via AP

Russia dropped all charges on Tuesday against an investigative journalist accused of drug dealing after a public outcry over what appears to have been(...)

File image of Prof Richard Conroy at  the Conrad hotel in Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Karelian Diamond Resources’ directors have put about £2 million sterling (€2.25 million) of their own money into the company, says its chairman, Prof (...)

John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon administration, is sworn in before testifying at a House judiciary committee hearing  about the Mueller report on Monday . Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Democrats stepped up their pressure on US president Donald Trump over the Mueller investigation on Monday, summoning John Dean, the White House counse(...)

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