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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

Migrants at a  camp in Calais as French president Emmanuel Macron visited the region this week. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

British prime minister Theresa May is to pledge tens of millions of pounds to strengthen Britain’s border controls in France as she hosts talks with p(...)

A mosque in the Egyptian town of Bir al-Abed, North Sinai, photographed a day after a  bombing and shooting attack, for which Islamic State was held to be responsible, killed more than 300 people on November 24th, 2017. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Three brothers from the dusty Gaza border town of Rafah paid smugglers to spirit them through underground tunnels across the border into Egypt. There (...)

Displaced people from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on January 5th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, which(...)

A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa in 2014. FIle photograph: Reuters

‘World View’ is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from ‘The Irish Times’. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. Is Is(...)

 Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif  pictured with US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale at a meeting in Islamabad on November 6th. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest against US president Donald Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistani “lies and deceit”, which foreign mi(...)

 Last July, the Supreme Court unanimously quashed an earlier refusal by the Minister to revoke the deportation order, issued in December 2016.

A challenge by an Algerian man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism to a second refusal by the Minister for Justice to revoke a deportation order m(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (in camouflage) with Russian president Vladimir Putin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu (both suited) visiting an  air base in Latakia Province, Syria, on  December 11. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s visit to his country’s Khmeimim air base in Syria should have been no surprise. Putin has repeatedly declared his i(...)

Palestinians burn posters depicting Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US pesident Donald Trump during a protest against the US intention to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launch the process of shifting the US embassy to there from Tel Aviv, has stoke(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: France has sold €12 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, and €8 billion worth to Qatar. The sale of up to a dozen more Rafale fighter jets may be announced in Doha. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to Algiers on Wednesday, then fly on to the Qatari capital Doha. The two countries are at opposite ends o(...)

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