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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting a trial operation of a new type of trolley bus at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Photograph: KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes and is violating sanctions including by “a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship tra(...)

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci: “Afrika” paper’s prosecution  demonstrates Ankara is determined to export to northern Cyprus its mainland crackdown on dissent. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

The European Commission and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe have called for respect for freedom of expression in northern Cyp(...)

All kinds of aphorisms are enlivened by Jonathan Rhys Meyer’s turn.

Spies don’t do spy stuff in spy movies anymore. If they are James Bond, they attempt to prevent huge CG explosions. If they’re Tom Cruise, they go bas(...)

Some Syrian refugees living in west Belfast say they are housed in poor conditions. Ahmed, pictured with his daughter Jana, complained  his house was damp and suffered from mould. He said there also was rat infestation and frequent gas leaks.

Syrian refugee families living in west Belfast have been subjected to racist attacks and are living in poor housing conditions, according to a report (...)

Flaming Lips at the Big Top  started by releasing massive balloons into the crowd while covering ‘Space Oddity’ in a zorb, which then surfed the crowd.

It’s a warm, damp night in the city, and they’re everywhere. Why are so many people in Galway wandering around wearing red fezzes? Have they taken ove(...)

Damages after a suicide bomb attack  in Sweida. Photograph: Sana/Handout via Reuters

Islamic State attacks on Wednesday on the south-western city of Sweida and nearby villages demonstrated the jihadists remain a serious a threat to Syr(...)

The aftermath of a suicide bomb attack Sweida, southern Syria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Sana via Reuters

Islamic State militants killed nearly 100 people in a series of attacks on government-held parts of southwestern Syria on Wednesday, including multip(...)

“Jewish critics lament the shift towards a much less tolerant and pluralist Israel reflected in the governing coalition led by Binyamin Netanyahu.” Photograph: Abir Sultan/Pool via Reuters

In proclaiming itself the national homeland of the Jewish people Israel has always had to take account of the fact that about one-fifth of its populat(...)

Alexanda Kotey and Shafee Elsheikh. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces/Handout via Reuters

Labour has accused Britain’s home secretary Sajid Javid of “abhorrent and shameful” behaviour in agreeing not to seek an assurance that two British al(...)

Demonstrators attend a rally to protest against the Jewish nation state Bill in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Arab governments have condemned the “nation state” law adopted by Israel’s parliament last week as racist, discriminatory and an obstacle to peace. Th(...)

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