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 Palestinians fleeing as tear gas grenades begin to drop during a demonstration near the border with Israel east of Gaza City to commemorate Land Day. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/ AFP /Getty Images

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has called for an independent investigation into deadly clashes in Gaza between Palestinians and Israeli troops.(...)

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife are accompanied by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and his wife at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Korea News Service via AP

China’s closeness to North Korea blends communist ideology, a delicate geopolitical balance and hard cash, so it is not surprising Kim Jong-un should (...)

Macedonian foreign minister Nikola Dimitrov (right) meets with Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias in Skopje, Macedonia, on Friday. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

Greece has reported more progress in talks with Macedonia towards ending their 27-year dispute over the ex-Yugoslav republic’s name, which must be re(...)

South Korean president Moon Jae-in (fourth from right) speaks during a meeting to prepare for a planned summit between South and North Korea at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Wednesday. Photograph: Bee Jae-man/Yonhap via AP

South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in has suggested holding a three-way summit between the US and both Koreas aimed at ending the nuclear threat on the(...)

“Ten years ago none of this was happening. People weren’t really talking about China with any perspective or knowledge. Now we have a €16 billion trade relationship,” Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has encouraged “sensible and pragmatic negotiations” between the EU and Britain over Brexit, Tánaiste Simon Coveney h(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Donald  Trump also signed on to an unusually strong statement that accused Russia of being behind the “first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the second world war”. Photograph:  Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Nato’s leading powers closed ranks against Vladimir Putin on Thursday as the US unveiled new sanctions against Moscow and joined with France and Germa(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: State media is claiming credit for Beijing in helping to bring about the easing of tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. Photograph: Etienne Oliveau/Reuters

President Xi Jinping has said China and South Korea should improve communication and properly resolve sensitive issues, after news of a possible summi(...)

A volunteer with the International Committee of the Red Cross photographs civil defence rescuers searching for the body of victim under a collapsed building that was hit by an air strike in eastern Ghouta on  February 22nd. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syrian government forces bombarded eastern Ghouta anew on Wednesday in an effort to slice the rebel enclave in two, intensifying a campaign to deal t(...)

TOSyrian civilians walk above the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday. Photograph: Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images

The Russian military has offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, setting out a proposal to let the insurgents surrender their last m(...)

A general view of Mountjoy Prison. The Cabinet is expected to commit today to introducing minimum mandatory sentences for repeat sexual offenders and to increasing the penalties for women who commit incest. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Cabinet is expected to commit today to introducing minimum mandatory sentences for repeat sexual offenders and to increasing the penalties for wom(...)

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