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Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (right) in discussions with Alaeddin Boroujerdi,  head of Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, in Damascus on Monday. Photograph: Sana via AP

The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave on Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as Pre(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir during a press conference in Riyadh, on Sunday. Photographs: Ahmed Yosri/EPA

New US secretary of state Mike Pompeo stressed the need for unity among Gulf allies during a brief visit to Riyadh on Sunday as Washington aims to mus(...)

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: Ireland diluted the EU’s expression of support for the military strike against Syria. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

It was hardly a diplomatic storm. More a quiet contretemps, largely missed or ignored by most of our fellow EU member states, although the issue made (...)

UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator Mark Lowcock  at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during an international conference on the future of Syria, in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/Reuters

Pledges of €3.6 billion in aid to Syrian refugees at home and in neighbouring countries this year were made at an EU-UN conference in Brussels on Wedn(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: “How can a tradesman, a merchant, a building constructor, a tower constructor make judgments about international affairs?” he added referring to Donald Trump’s career as a property developer. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president poured scorn on Wednesday on US and European discussions over Tehran’s nuclear agreement, and dismissed President Donald Trump as a “(...)

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron have struck up a strong working relationship. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

US president Donald Trump rounded on Iran yesterday, triggering concerns that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal when a deadli(...)

A couple sit in a park in Damascus after the US, UK and France attacked three sites said to be related to Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Photograph: Ali Hashisho

My driver Moutaz was upbeat during the drive from Beirut to Damascus. “My brother’s son has come home after seven years in the army. I know of other s(...)

In calling a snap election for June 24th, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan can claim credit for an economic boom while neutralising political opponents and taking a final step towards his long-cherished executive presidency. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

In calling a snap election for June 24th, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized the moment to tighten his authoritarian grip on a divided (...)

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday to try to resolve US-European differences on Iran, but Trump gave no(...)

  President Michael D Higgins makes his address to the UN General Assembly in New York  on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. Photograph: Maxwells

The world’s turbulent countries can learn something from Ireland’s successful peace process, President Michael D Higgins told a United Nations meetin(...)

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