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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The United States was concerned in 1973 that Ireland could become “one of the more difficult” members of the European Community for it to deal (...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location in this picture taken  last week and released by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. Photograph: Reuters/KCNA

Xi Jinping, the president of North Korea’s last remaining significant ally, has put China forward as an honest broker to defuse regional tensio(...)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (c) meets members of a ministerial committee responsible for establishing a framework aimed at ending the two-year conflict with anti-government forces last week. Photograph: Reuters/Sana.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria they could destabilise the Middl(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)

Syrian refugees at a demonstration at the Za’atari refugee camp, near the border with Syria, calling for the international community to arm the rebel Free Syrian Army, in February. Photograph: Khalil mazraawi/AFP/Getty

The United Nations has given its starkest warning yet that it will soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jo(...)

A Palestinian woman takes part in a symbolic military funeral for Maysara Abu Hamdeya in Gaza City  yesterday.  Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

The main United Nations humanitarian agency for Palestinians has suspended operations in the Gaza Strip after demonstrators angered by aid cutbacks(...)

A child plays among stray dogs and a collapsed building at the Bagrami refugee camp in Kabul earlier this year. War in Afghanistan has eroded the social bonds and community safety nets that underpinned hundreds of thousands of rural Afghans' lives. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Nine Taliban suicide bombers killed themselves and 44 others today in an attack on a courtroom in western Afghanistan where 10 of their comrade(...)

A man walks past damaged houses on a street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s two-year-old conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading anti-regime activist (...)

A soldier stands guard at a sentry post, at the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju. Photograph: Jacky Chen/Reuters

North Korea pledged today to restart a nuclear reactor which can make one bomb’s worth of plutonium a year, escalating tensions already raised by n(...)

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