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In a major speech in Washington on Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Iran would face “the strongest sanctions in history” if it did not adhere to a dozen requirements. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The United States escalated tensions with Iran on Monday, threatening new sanctions on the country if it does not meet a strict set of demands. In a (...)

North Korea summit: the White House was unnerved by the sudden change of tone from Pyongyang last week. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will meet Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday amid concern in Washington about next month’s proposed s(...)

President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China: investors globally were cheered by easing trade tensions between the US and China. Photograph: NYT

The Iseq surged 1.2 per cent on Monday, helped by a surge by Ryanair, one of the index’s heavyweight stocks, and as investors globally were cheered by(...)

Syrian government forces flash the sign for victory in front of the al-Bashir mosque at the entrance of the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, it said on Monday, for the first time since early in the seven-(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev gives a news conference at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week.  Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

The Macedonian government’s proposed new name for the country faces strong opposition at home and in Greece, damaging hopes of ending a 27-year disput(...)

Golfers walking 18 holes take an average of between 11,245 and 16,667 steps, or between 8.5 and 12.7km, well in excess of the 10,000 steps commonly assumed to be the daily target to maintain a basic level of fitness. Photograph: iStock

Golf might be “a good walk spoiled”, but evidence suggests the walk – spoiled or otherwise – is good for both your physical and mental well-being. I (...)

Molly Murphy (right): 'I revisited 'No Need to Argue' over 20 years later and experienced it as a wholly different album.'

It’s said that the Irish sing loud when happy and louder still when sad. I like to imagine that the whole range of Irish melancholy was sung out in my(...)

Derren Brown: your mind is not your own

Derren Brown Underground ★★★★      Gaiety Theatre, Dublin         Derren Brown turns his attentions(...)

China’s South Sea fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, in May 2016.  Photograph:   AFP/Getty Images

The Philippines has expressed “serious concern” after Chinese strategic bombers landed on islands and reefs in disputed areas of the South China Sea,(...)

People attend a prayer vigil to remember the victims of  the Santa Fe high school shooting at Walter Hall Park in League City, Texas on Sunday. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

One of the students killed in the Santa Fe school shooting reportedly turned down romantic advances from Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspect in the deat(...)

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