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A woman stands on rubble of damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria. File photograph: Reuters.

Four Russian military personnel were killed in fighting in eastern Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing the (...)

Brainstorm showcases what academics and researchers are doing behind their college walls.

One of the most surprising things about the last nine months has been the lack of tweed. I’ve met hundreds of academics and researchers since I starte(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who took a phone call from two Russian pranksters, one of whom posed as the prime minister of Armenia. Photograph: Pablo E Piovano/Bloomberg

Two well-known Russian pranksters enjoyed an 18-minute phone call with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday after one posed as the prim(...)

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron in  in Versailles, May 2017:  at that press conference, Mr Macron said he would retaliate if Mr  Putin’s protege, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons. Photograph:  Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to St Petersburg on Thursday for his third meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.   (...)

A monument dedicated to the 47 Irish troops killed while keeping the peace near Tibnin in south Lebanon.

The eastern route through south Lebanon winds through green hills shrouded in damp, dusty mist. Brush, carob and olive trees climb the slopes, floweri(...)

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah  addresses  supporters in Beirut, Lebanon,  via video link on May 14th. Photograph:  Aziz Taher/Reuters

Lebanon’s parliament is set to re-elect Nabih Berri as its speaker on Wednesday, extending the veteran politician’s tenure in a post he has held sinc(...)

Emilie Konig, a 33-year-old French woman suspected of recruiting fighters for  Islamic State and now in the custody of the Kurdish Syrian  People’s Protection Units, speaking at an undisclosed location in Syria. Her future is uncertain. In Baghdad, more than 40 foreign women accused of joining Isis have  been sentenced to death. Photograph: YPG press office/AFP/Getty Images

In a small holding room in a Baghdad court, French citizen Djamila Boutoutao cradled her two-year-old daughter and begged for help. Boutoutao (29) is(...)

In a major speech in Washington on Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Iran would face “the strongest sanctions in history” if it did not adhere to a dozen requirements. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The United States escalated tensions with Iran on Monday, threatening new sanctions on the country if it does not meet a strict set of demands. In a (...)

Syrian government forces flash the sign for victory in front of the al-Bashir mosque at the entrance of the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, it said on Monday, for the first time since early in the seven-(...)

Storyful CEO Rahul Chopra attends the 10th Festival Of Media Global at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on May 19, 2016 in Rome. Photograph: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

Software developed by a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to help journalists verify content on social media is also being used to monitor the (...)

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