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Lisa Smith, from Dundalk, Co Louth, at the Special Criminal Court on Thursday where her trial continues. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith, who denies membership of Islamic State, was “indoctrinated and told what to think and did what she did becaus(...)

A man crosses through burning barricades in central  Ouagadougou on Sunday. Photograph: Olympia de Maismont/AFP via Getty Images

Burkina Faso’s army said on Monday it had ousted President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, suspended the country’s constitution, dissolved the government (...)

Reformist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr intends to split the Shia bloc, which had dominated Iraqi politics since the 2003 US occupation. Photograph: Karar Essa/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Iraq’s new parliament will on Sunday hold its first session since the party headed by reformist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr won the most seats in Oct(...)

US president Joe Biden: The defence of democracy against outside enemies, rather than those within, slightly misses the point. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA

Before the first World War, there were a handful of democratic nations. In December, US president Joe Biden will convene a hundred or so at a virtual (...)

Emergency workers help injured victims of bomb blasts at a military hospital in Kabul. Photograph: EPA

At least 25 people were killed and more than 50 wounded when gunmen attacked Afghanistan’s biggest military hospital after two heavy explosions at the(...)

Internally displaced Afghans wait to receive food  distributed by a German aid organisation in Kabul on Wednesday. Photograph:  EPA

US intelligence agencies have warned that Islamist extremists operating in Afghanistan could attack America within six months as the country suffers w(...)

Robert Fisk, a man of ‘extraordinary courage and journalistic genius’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

IN A NEW MEMOIR, JOURNALIST LARA MARLOWE RECALLS THE LIFE SHE SHARED WITH HER FORMER HUSBAND When the British journalist Robert Fisk died of a s(...)

Colin Powell: Journalist Muntadher al-Zaidi tweeted, “I am sure that the court of God will be waiting for him.”  Photograph: Shawn Baldwin/Bloomberg

World figures have extolled the virtues of the former US secretary of state and military chief Colin Powell, who died on Monday of Covid-19 complicati(...)

US secretary of state Colin Powell speaks adresses the United Nations Security Council in 2003 ahead of the Iraq War. Photograph: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained when he went before t(...)

Noam Chomsky: ‘Are we so innocent? No, we’re not. In fact, the United States is one of those rare countries – maybe the only country – that’s been at war, almost always aggressive war, from the first moment of its founding.’ Photograph: Heuler Andrey/AFP/via Getty Images

Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s most prominent critics of American foreign policy and global inequality. The 92-year-old author and academic joined(...)

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