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Democrat Ilhan Omar, an immigrant born in a Kenyan-Somali refugee camp, was elected. Photograph: Craig Lassig

The election of two Muslim women to the US House of Representatives as well as the Democratic Party’s success in taking back control of the chamber ha(...)

Syrian refugees on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul: more than 3.7 million Syrians are registered in Turkey.  Photograph: Bulent kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey is home to more displaced Syrians than any other country, but growing intercommunal violence between refugees and their hosts is straining rela(...)

A man inspects the remains of members of the Yazidi minority killed by Islamic State after Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the village of Sinuni, in the northwestern Sinjar area of Iraq, in February 2015. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

More than 200 mass graves have been uncovered in Iraq in areas formerly controlled by Islamic State militants, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Th(...)

Daisy McCarthy at work in the clinic in Lesvos.

The camp was imposing with its huge fences bristling with razor wire. I kept my sunglasses on and my head down as we made our way to the makeshift cli(...)

Somali-American Ismail Mohamed from Columbus, Ohio, is out to connect the Democratic Party with Ohio’s Somali community.

Ismail Mohamed’s life could have turned out very differently. Born in 1992, when civil war raged across Somalia, his family and he were forced to live(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeting the crowd during a meeting with Iranian students in Tehran, Iran, today. Behind him is a portrait of his predecessor,  Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran as an Islamic Republic. Khamenei has held the position of supreme leader for almost 30 years. Photograph: Handout/EPA

Iran’s top leader said on Saturday that US president Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepared to reimpose sanct(...)

  People wait with their vehicles to cross Jaber-Nassib border crossing to Syria from Jordan on October 29th. A total of 344 refugees were said to have returned to Syria early this week Photograph:  Andre Pain/EPA

The reopening of Syria’s border with Jordan and the national museum in Damascus are seen by Syrians as signs of normality after seven years of civil c(...)

A disastrous showing by her party in the 2017 federal election set the clock ticking on Angela Merkel’s leadership, and in recent days, after another reversal in a regional election in Hesse, it has speeded up. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

For most of her 13 years as chancellor, a crisis, for Angela Merkel, was something that happened elsewhere. Economies tanked. Terrorists struck. Popul(...)

Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in Murmansk in 2009.  Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s flagship Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier was damaged on Tuesday when a dry dock where the vessel was undergoing modernisation in the nort(...)

Migrants from Central America make their way to the town of Tapanetepec, in the southwestern state of Oaxaca, Mexico, on Saturday. The caravan is still hundreds of miles from the US. Photograph:  Todd Heisler/The New York Times

US defence chiefs are sending 5,200 troops to the southwest border with Mexico in an extraordinary military operation ordered just a week before midte(...)

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