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Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, pauses while speaking during the UN general assembly meeting in New York on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani exchanged taunts at the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday with Mr Trump vowin(...)

Hamine eggs with hummus

My sister recently bought me Claudia Roden’s revolutionary A Book of Middle Eastern Food. Originally published in 1968, it revealed the delicious wond(...)

A Turkish military vehicle drives southwards along the main Damascus-Aleppo highway  in Syria’s mostly rebel-held northern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish troop reinforcements on Tuesday streamed into Syria’s Idlib province as the countdown began on the creation of a U-shaped demilitarised buffer(...)

US secretary of defence James Mattis: “We believe that we do have to have a relationship with China.”  Photograph: Reuters

There are signs that Sino-US tensions are intensifying after Beijing postponed military talks with Washington in protest over the US decision last wee(...)

The Russian anti-aicraft missile system S-300, which it says it will supply to Syria in response to last week’s downing of a Russian military plane by Syrian forces during an Israeli attack. Photograph:  EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

Israel and the United States have warned Russia against the transfer of an advanced air defence system to Syria in response to last week’s downing of (...)

Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, in the capital Tehran on Saturday. In Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz during commemoration of the same event, dozens of people were killed in an attack. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers in dress uniform lay prone in the street. Others, apparently heavily armed, faced the assailants, then threw themselves to the ground without(...)

The moment with the greatest potential for fireworks is tomorrow’s meeting of the UN security council, which, owing to the rotating chairmanship, will be steered by Trump himself. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Some 133 heads of state and government will be in New York this week for the United Nations general assembly, but the enduring pulling-power of the an(...)

People gather during a funeral for the victims of assault that killed 25 people, in the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, Iran. Photograph:  Tasnim News Agency/via Reuters

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the attackers who killed 25 people at a military parade were paid by Saudi Arabia an(...)

A soldier running past injured comrades lying on the ground at the scene of an attack on the military parade. Photograph: Morteza Jaberian/AFP

Gunmen fired on a military parade in southwestern Iran on Saturday, killing 25 people, almost half of them members of the Revolutionary Guards, state (...)

Nihad Sirees: the tone of his novel veers  between male porno fantasy and misogyny

How do we judge novels in translation? The good ones will see both original text and interpretation lauded. Prizes such as the Man Booker Internationa(...)

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