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US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman arrives for a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva today. Photograph: Reuters

The United States and Russia failed today to agree a date for a Syrian peace conference, remaining divided over what role Iran might play in talks to (...)

Ethnic Rakhine buddhist villagers demonstrating at Sittwe town in August during the visit of UN Human Right Rapporteur on Rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana. The United Nations has been calling for dialogue after violent clashes with dispossessed Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar. AFP/Getty Images

Around 50 members of a Muslim minority in Myanmar are feared drowned after trying to flee Rakhine state in a boat that sank in the early hours of this(...)

 Angela Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring high security  software, used for governmental communication, at a computer fair in Hanover in in March this year. Photograph: Reuters

On Wednesday last week, German chancellor Angela Merkel telephoned Barack Obama and protested in reportedly robust terms against the hacking of her mo(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, arrive at the Central American University in San Salvador.  Photograph: Reuters/Ulises Rodriguez

President Michael D Higgins will meet President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica today after arriving in the Central American state on Saturday on the f(...)

Palestinian schoolchildren sit in a bus after throwing flowers into the Seaport of Gaza City this week, to remember the Palestinian migrants who died after their boat sank while fleeing Syria for Italy. A boat capsized 60 miles (97 miles) south of Lampedusa earlier this month, leaving between 50 and 200 Syrian and Palestinian migrants dead, according to local media. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

The United Nations peace envoy for Syria said today Iran should be invited to planned peace talks in Geneva, Iran’s English-language Press TV reported(...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. The executions were carried out against a backdrop of an improved mood in US-Iranian relations. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

Authorities in Iran hanged 16 people imprisoned for alleged links with anti-regime groups in retaliation for the killing of 17 border guards in an (...)

Activity in the US Capitol building came in for criticism from Jofi Joseph who wrote about it on twitter using the   handle @NatSecWonk until he was fired. Photograph: Reuters

A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twit(...)

It isn’t the statistics about the scale of the damage done by the inferno sweeping New South Wales – the fires, at the time of writing, have a total p(...)

US president Barack Obama: spoke to French president Francois Hollande last night over revelations of bugging by the NSA. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama sought to reassure French president Francois Hollande about the countries’ relations after a report that the National Securi(...)

Iran’s new horizons

‘Closing an unnecessary crisis: Opening new horizons”. This title of the presentation given by the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to th(...)

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