Construction in the Israeli settlement of Brushin in the West Bank, in March  2015. A plan that the Saudi crown prince was said to be foisting on the Palestinians would offer them limited sovereignty and deny them Jerusalem as the capital. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

In a mysterious trip last month, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, travelled to Saudi Arabia’s capital for consultations with the hard-chargin(...)

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched at a security screening centre near Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 1st. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shrivelled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run(...)

Markets are closely watching Mario Draghi, ECB president, for any indication that he is preparing to withdraw the eurozone’s $2tn bond-buying programme

Leading central banks own a fifth of their governments’ total debt, a sign of the scale of the challenge they face in unwinding unprecedented stimulus(...)

Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 6th, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the US territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump admin(...)

 Donald Trump,  Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel chat at  the G20 meeting in Hamburg. Photograph: John MacDougall/Getty Images/AFP

It is often said that the global order is weakening and American power in particular is on the wane. But what should or can be done to arrest the decl(...)

 A tank runs over cars on a road in Istanbul during the coup last July. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu

Can Cumurcu is the elected chief of Çengelköy, an affluent neighbourhood on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait. He remembers the evening of Jul(...)

Police secure the street outside the Turkish embassy during a visit by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 16th, 2017 in Washington, DC, after Mr Erdogan’s security detail had clashed with pro-Kurdish protesters. Photograph: Dave Clark/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington prosecutors have charged a dozen Turkish security and police officers with assault after an attack on protesters during Turkish president R(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron’s main priority in meeting Donald Trump is “to reaffirm the cohesion, unity and solidity” of Nato, an adviser said. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump’s abrasive manner and erratic behaviour are posing fresh challenges to multilateral institutions, as will be clear at a meet(...)

American president Donald Trump gets a pat on the back from senior Republicans. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

After seven years of trying to repeal Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, Republicans in the House of Representatives marked Thursday’s passage of a bi(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson holds a press conference on Iran at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has described a landmark nuclear deal with Iran as a failure, only hours after the State Department said Tehran wa(...)

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