President Donald Trump during an unannounced trip at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Uncertainty created by US policy shifts in the Middle East is forcing regional and international actors to rethink relationships and forge new approac(...)

 Igor Korobov, former head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

The head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency that the West has blamed for a string of brazen attacks died on Wednesday after “a serious and l(...)

A Russian IL-20M (Ilyushin 20m) plane. Russia blamed Israel on Tuesday for the loss of a military IL-20M jet to Syrian fire, killing all 15 servicemen on board. Photograph: Nikita Shchyukin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin moved to ease tensions after a dangerous row erupted between Russia and Israel on Tuesday over the accidental downing(...)

Vladimir Putin gestures during a meeting with Russian ambassadors to foreign countries in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin via AP

Russian president Vladimir Putin accused the American political establishment of threatening the US economy, its national security and its allies with(...)

In this photograph released by the Syrian official news agency Sana, Syrian government forces oversee the evacuation by bus of rebel fighters and their families, at a checkpoint in eastern Gouta, Syria, on Thursday. Photograph: Sana  via AP

The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns (...)

 A Russian An-26 military transport plane  iin Chelyabinsk region, Russia. A plane of the same type has crashed  in Syria . File photograph: Interpress/Vladislav Belogrud via Reuters

A Russian transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies cited the Russian defence ministry as say(...)

Smoke rises from  the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, Syria on Tuesday, where a United Nations-sponsored ceasefire has failed to take hold. Photograph: /AFP/Getty Images

Air strikes and rocket fire continued into the night on Tuesday, after a five-hour lull ordered by Vladimir Putin failed to provide aid to the rebel-h(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

President Vladimir Putin dismissed the IOC’s decision to ban Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang games in South Korea as “orchestrated and politically-motivated”.  Photograph: Getty Images

What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia’s exclusion from the Winter Olym(...)

Flowers, left by parents of an Australian victim of the crash, laid on a piece of the Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 near the village of Hrabove  in the Donetsk region in July 2014. Photograph: Bulent Kilicbulent/  AFP/Getty Images

A Dutch court will try those suspected of involvement in shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over separatist-held eastern Ukraine almost three(...)

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