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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(...)

In a Word . . .

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(...)

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(...)

A view of Asasey Hotel after an attack, in Kismayo, Somalia. Photograph: AP Photo

The death toll from Somalia’s Kismayu hotel attack on Friday has risen to 26, including Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians, Jubbaland region’(...)

The Reform Party candidate  Ross Perot addresses  a Christian Coalition conference in Washington during the 1996 US presidential election campaign. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

H Ross Perot, the feisty Texas technology billionaire who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a c(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

Ireland went to war twice this week. One of these conflicts – the one that dominated public discussion – was a running joke. The idea that diplomatic (...)

The man denies being involved in groups including al-Qaeda and claims he is at risk of being tortured at secret facilities in Algeria due to his political views.

The European Court of Human Rights has asked the Irish Government not to deport an Algerian man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism until it has c(...)

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