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The steel structure of Iran’s oldest high-rise, the 17-storey Plasco building, is seen after the collapse of the building in downtown Tehran on Thursday. Photograph: Getty Images

At least 20 firefighters were killed when a 17-storey commercial building in Tehran collapsed on top of them as they tried to put out a blaze, Iranian(...)

Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, speaks during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

The first battle that Mike Pompeo prepared to fight was against the Russians, when he commanded a US tank platoon in Germany in the twilight of the co(...)

Retired general James Mattis appears before a Senate armed services committee hearing on his nomination to serve as US defence secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin is trying to break the north Atlantic alliance and his policies represent one of the key threats to the global order (...)

An Airbus A321 airliner arrives at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. It is the first of 100 planes to arrive under a deal in December  worth $18 billion. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

The first of 100 Airbus planes that Iran is expected to receive after its historic nuclear deal with world powers ended some sanctions has landed in t(...)

Hundreds of thousands of mourners attend the funeral of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjanii, in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians massed in central Tehran on Tuesday for the funeral of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential fig(...)

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, died at a hospital in north Tehran on Sunday, according to the local news agencies. Photograph: Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s greatest political survivor who served as president for two consecutive terms, has died aged 82. Mr Rafsanjani(...)

The advancing Syrian army used loudspeakers to broadcast warnings to insurgents that it was poised to enter their rapidly diminishing area. Photograph: Reuters

As President Bashar al-Assad’s army closed in on the last rebel enclave in Aleppo on Tuesday, Russia, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to help bro(...)

A wounded Syrian woman from the al-Sukari neighbourhood is helped on to the back of a truck as she flees during the ongoing military  operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

A ceasefire in the last rebel-held pocket of eastern Aleppo was to take effect early on Thursday morning, opposition forces said, after a first failed(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the Syrian army and its allies is a turning point in the protracted civil war, and the wider proxy war. Regime loyalis(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad  with the apostolic nuncio to Syria, Cardinal Mario Zenari, in Damascus on Monday. According to media reports, Cardinal Zenari handed Mr Assad a letter from Pope Francis expressing his heartfelt sympathy for Syria and its people and asserting the Vatican’s condemnation of all forms of extremism and terrorism. Photograph: EPA/Sana

The fight for Aleppo is almost at an end. The clusters of desperate Syrians who remain huddled in the last rebel redoubt face an imminent reckoning , (...)

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