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“He slaps the right people; he hugs the right people,” said the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Halley, of US president Donald Trump’s debut speech to the UN general assembly. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

More than 190 world leaders gather in New York this week for the general assembly of the United Nations, but attention will focus almost entirely on o(...)

Nassar, a taxi driver who has been sober for three years, serves tea at an Alcoholics Anonymous association meeting in Tehran on  August  27th. Photograph: Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

For most of his life, alcohol rehab for Mehdi consisted of regular stretches in prison and lashings that left dark marks on his back. Now, at 36, he h(...)

Al-Ayadieh village, the last remaining active front line near Tal Afar, during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Politics impinges on all fronts in the campaign to oust Islamic State from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. All parties involved have their own agendas, which(...)

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley: travelled to the IAEA headquarters last week to press the agency to be more aggressive in its inspections regime, and to focus on Iran’s military sites. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has reported that Iran is staying within the main limits set down in a 2015 multilateral agreement that Donald Trump has ins(...)

Saudi’s defence minister Mohammed bin Salman attending a military parade by Saudi security forces ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph:  Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

The rift that has divided the Middle East between Sunnis and Shias and fuelled proxy wars in Syria and Yemen appears to have eased, enabling 86,000 Ir(...)

Protestors setting fire to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tehran, Iran, on January 2nd, 2016. The incident led Qatar to follow Saudi Arabia’s lead in cutting ties with the Islamic republic. Photograph: Mohammad Reza  Nadimi/EPA

Qatar has decided to return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missi(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said Iran could abandon the nuclear deal “within hours” if the US imposes any more sanctions. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

As the world frets about the threat of nuclear war in Korea, the landmark deal designed to prevent Iran developing its own nuclear capability is at gr(...)

Hassan Rouhani’s remarks are thought likely to be an attempt to appease hardliners at home who have demanded a tougher stand against the US. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s president has issued a direct threat to the West, claiming his country is capable of revitalising its nuclear programme within hours. Hassan R(...)

File image of Iran’s newly-upgraded Sayyad-3 air defence missiles. File photograph: Iranian defence ministry/AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a Bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile programme and the elite Revolutionary Guards, in ret(...)

Syrian refugees arrive in Wadi Hamayyed, on the outskirts of Lebanon’s northeastern border town of Arsal, to board buses bound for the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib on Wednesday, August 2nd. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

A ceasefire and evacuation agreement between Hizbullah of the Lebanon and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Fatah al-Sham got under way on Wednesday when more than 15(...)

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