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The oil tanker Grace 1 is seen near the coast of La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz, southern Spain, on Thursday after it was seized in Gibraltar. Photograph: A Carrasco Ragel/EPA

British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dram(...)

US President Donald Trump and Britain’s prime minister Theresa May during a dinner at Winfield House on Tuesday. The question of the tech giant Huawei came up during Trump’s state visit to the UK. Photograph: Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images

A populist is someone who abhors the metropolis and demands its respect. According to the cultural right, big cities are teetering Babels, lawless and(...)

US marines arrive at the Gulf of Tadjoura beach in Djibouti, during a military drill. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty

Djibouti is the only place where the navies of the world’s great military and economic rivals, the US and China, are moored alongside each other. Si(...)

Houthi rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against Saudi air strikes in Sanaa, capital of Yemen recently. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Oil prices rose sharply last week amid concerns that fighting in the Arabian Peninsula between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen could (...)

Investors view plans for a new Egyptian capital beside Cairo at the Sharm el-Sheikh economic conference. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt’s government has announced plans to build a new capital adjacent to Cairo, in a massive new project that in its first phase would cost £30 billi(...)