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President Donald Trump addresses troops during a surprise visit to  Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in December. Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

The United States ordered staff to vacate US embassies and consulates in Iraq on Wednesday amid signs of mounting tensions between the United States a(...)

 A member of Iraqi federal police forces stands guard next to a popular market in Baghdad’s Karada district. Photograph: EPA

Washington has ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq, after repeated US expressions of concern about threats from Iran(...)

US president Donald Trump greets Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán in the Oval Office. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

US President Donald Trump congratulated Viktor Orbán for doing a “tremendous job” as prime minister of Hungary as he welcomed the controversial leader(...)

 Chinese vice premier Liu He, second left,  says goodbye to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, centre,   and US trade representative Robert Lighthizer as they break from meetings  in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images

China vowed to take retaliatory action after the United States slapped tariffs on Chinese exports on Friday, escalating the growing trade war between (...)

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó block a back entrance of  Venezuela embassy in Washington. Photograph:  Alex Wong/Getty

It is more than two weeks since Matthew Burwick Orta began sitting on the steps of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. The 51-year-old former photog(...)

Royal baby: Harry and a pregnant Meghan in February. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sent the world into a tailspin when they announced, last October, that they were expecting their first child. Between t(...)

Security personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, days after a string of suicide bomb attacks across Sri Lanka. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Some of the Islamist militants behind the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people are likely still at large and could be planning mor(...)

Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin raise their glasses for a toast at their meeting in the Russian port city of Vladivostok on Thursday.  Photograph: KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told Russian president Vladimir Putin that peace and security on the Korean peninsula depended on the US, warning tha(...)

 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(...)

Julian Assange gestures from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, on Thursday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Julian Assange faces extradition to the United States and up to five years in jail following his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursda(...)

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