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Kurdish fighters with the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in Hukumya, Syria, stand in formation during a funeral for comrades killed in fighting against the Islamic State in October 2017. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

President Donald Trump has engineered another disruptive turn in US foreign policy with his decision to withdraw troops from the strategic zone in nor(...)

Former French prime minister Edouard Balladur (90) and François Léotard (77), who was Balladur’s defence minister. File photographs: Jean-Pierre Muller and Marc Le Chelard/AFP/Getty Images

The so-called Karachi trial, which opens on Monday in Paris and is to continue until the end of the month, is a murky tale of arms sales and kickbacks(...)

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2014. He entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one year ago, never to leave. Photograph: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

A year ago on Wednesday, dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi strode boldly into the Saudi consulate to collect divorce papers ahead of his rema(...)

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Last week, I wrote about my mother’s 91st birthday. But it was also her twin brother Pat’s 91st birthday. (Belated) Happy Birthday Uncle. Based in Bro(...)

 Yemenis sit in front of historic buildings in the old city of Sana’a. Aid delivery to starving Yemenis has improved, but the UN is struggling to secure funds for its programmes. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

UN envoy Martin Griffiths has warned the UN Security Council that the situation in Yemen has become untenable and the country now risks fragmentation (...)

The authors raise concerns about up to 30,000 foreigners who travelled to the “caliphate” to fight and who may still be alive. Photograph: Reuters

The United Nations has warned that a recent pause in international terrorist violence may soon end, with a new wave of attacks possible before the end(...)

 Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev  and US president Ronald Reagan  signing  the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in the White House on December 8th,  1987. Photograph:  Reuters

The US is poised to increase its stock of intermediate missiles as the country formally pulled out of a long-standing nuclear treaty on Friday. The m(...)

 A screen grab from an undated video made available by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of Hamza bin Laden, the son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Photograph:  EPA/CIA handout

The reported death of Hamza bin Laden, son and presumptive heir of al-Qaeda’s founder, amounts to a public relations boon for the Trump administration(...)

Hamza bin Laden pictured at his wedding. Photograph:  Associated Press

Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who was long viewed as heir to the leadership of al-Qaeda, is dead, according to two American officials. Hamza(...)

US president Donald Trump (right) meets with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC in March 2018. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty/File

US troops, war planes and missile defence batteries are being deployed at the Prince Sultan air base south of the Saudi capital Riyadh as regional ten(...)

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