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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcoming Chinese president Xi Jinping at Pyongyang airport this week. Photograph:  KCNA via Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping has promised to play an active role in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and offered to help with “security an(...)

A handout photo made available by Iran’s official state TV (IRIB) allegedly shows the crude oil tanker Front Altair on fire in the Gulf of Oman, June 13th 2019. Photograph: IRIB/EPA

Two oil tankers were severely damaged by attacks in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that sparked a 4 per cent surge in crude prices and put the energy in(...)

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E/AP

Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, had been an informant for the US Central Intell(...)

John Brennan: some of Donald Trump’s behaviour has been treasonous, he says. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

As John Brennan takes his seat on the patio of the historic Willard Hotel, a few blocks from the White House, there is a ripple of recognition among t(...)

A Japanese  coast guard’s vessel and a US military aircraft  searching  for the Japanese air force F-35 stealth fighter that  crashed into the sea off  northern Japan. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

Japan has dispatched its most advanced ocean research vessel to join the search for its missing F-35 stealth fighter as it scrambles to recover the ul(...)

A poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. Photograph: Osman Orsal

Turkey has arrested two suspects who confessed to spying on Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates, and is investigating whether the arrival in T(...)

 The North’s official Korean Central News Agency did not specify what type of weapon was involved in the test. File Photograph: KCNA/EPA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will travel to Russia this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday, announcing th(...)

An Afghan security force member guards  the site of a suicide bomb attack on Monday near the Bagram air base, north of Kabul. Three American service members and a US contractor were killed in the attack, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP

The Taliban announced the beginning of its spring offensive on Friday, even as the insurgent group said the United Nations had lifted travel bans on 1(...)

Demonstrators from Amnesty International protest on to urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women’s rights activists  outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris, France, on March 8th, 2019. Photograph: Reuters

Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual US-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial ha(...)

Oleg Smorodinov arrives at his trial for the murder of Ivan Mamchur, in a courtroom in Rivne, Ukraine, on October 25th. Photograph: Joseph Sywenkyj/New York Times

The target lived on the sixth floor of a cheerless, salmon-coloured building on Vidinska Street, across from a thicket of weeping willows. Oleg Smorod(...)

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