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German chancellor Angela Merkel, regional leaders and Russian president Vladimir Putin (front right) gather during a peace summit on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Getty

The weekend’s Berlin summit on Libya did not end fighting or ensure a peaceful resolution of the country’s civil conflict, but it may discourage exter(...)

Mourners in Tehran carry the casket of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani has cemented one of the strongest symbiotic relationships in politics: that between conservative hardliners in t(...)

US law gives Donald Trump as president sweeping powers to attack whoever he “determines” planned, authorised, committed or aided the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

We are so used to egregious lies we scarcely notice them anymore. But we may be entering a new phase of official mendacity. Governments don’t usually (...)

A poster of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani worn by  a Houthi supporter at a rally in Saada, Yemen to denounce  the US killing.  The writing on the poster reads: ‘God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.’ Photograph: Naif Rahma/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” I can still remember the exultant tone of Paul Bremer, the American governor of post-invasion Iraq, as he announc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visiting Irish troops in Mali in January. The troops were there in a non-combat training role, but since September 14 members of the Army Ranger Wing have been active as part of the UN mission in the country. Photograph: Defence Forces

The killing of at least 54 Malian soldiers and one civilian near the country’s border with Niger last weekend underlines the acute dangers of a confli(...)

Late Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an undated image. The death of Al-Baghdadi will undoubtedly weaken Islamic State in important respects. Photograph: US department of defense/Reuters

The announcement by US president Donald Trump that the leader of Islamic State – or Isis – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had killed himself in the course of a(...)

This file image made from video posted on a militant website April 29th this year purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet. Photograph: Al-Furqan media via AP

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brutal ideologue who led Islamic State, is a severe blow to a network whose capabilities have been badly degrad(...)

The gardaí and the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit attend an incident near Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin on Monday, October 21st. Photograph: Collins

A note praising the September 11th attacks on the United States was found near the scene of a small explosion at Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin last(...)

US president Donald Trump (centre), US vice president Mike Pence (second from left), US secretary of defense Mark Esper (third from right), along with members of the national security team, watch as US Special Operations forces close in on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, from the Situation Room of the White House on Saturday. Photograph:  Shealah Craighead/The White House/Handout/Reuters

US president Donald Trump touted a foreign policy win on Sunday, as he announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a raid on Saturday in no(...)

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