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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  arrives for talks at  Downing Street in London earlier this month. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince has compared the supreme leader of Iran to Adolf Hitler and said that his country would acquire a nuclear bomb “a(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad waving at supporters after addressing parliament in Damascus in March 2011. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Seven years ago, Syrians inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt protested in Damascus and other Syrian cities, calling for democratic (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson speaks to the media at the  state department after being fired by President Donald Trump in Washington. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump made no attempt to disguise how far apart he and his secretary of state had fallen on Tuesday as he summarily dispatched Rex Tillerson wi(...)

A file image of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson listening as president Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP.

US president Donald Trump on Tuesday fired his secretary of state Rex Tillerson, saying the two had a “different mindset” on key diplomatic. Here ar(...)

Amin Nasser, chief executive officer of Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Aramco), speaks at an energy market conference in Houston, Texas last week. A planned stock market flotation of Aramco now looks likely to be delayed until 2019 at least.  Photograph:  Carter Smith/Bloomberg

Investors waiting for the chance to buy a piece of Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil behemoth, will probably have to wait. Saudi officials are re(...)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is welcomed by British PM Theresa May on the first of his three-day visit to the UK. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The first overseas tour undertaken by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was intended as a “charm offensive” but has sparked controversy in the tw(...)

Lufthansa shares fell 5.7%  on Friday   after  passenger yield figures came in lower than expected.  Photograph: Getty Images

A strong jobs report out of the US boosted European shares on Friday after a sluggish start to trading, while US tariffs on steel and aluminium hit st(...)

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner: his security clearance has been downgraded. Photograph: Evan Vucci

Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, has lost his top-level security clearance in a blow to the Trump administratio(...)

 A Syrian woman  in a make-shift clinic following reported regime bombardment, in the rebel-held town of Douma, in  the eastern Ghouta region.  Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

Neither the Syrian government nor jihadis holding eastern Ghouta are prepared to abide by the countrywide ceasefire demanded by the UN Security Counci(...)

Burkina Faso’s president Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Chad’s president Idriss Deby, King Philippe of Belgium and Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during an audience between the Belgian king and the heads of state of the G5 Sahel organisation at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Twenty-four EU leaders, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, have given strong political and financial support to collective efforts by the impoverished (...)

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