US Navy sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, to move within striking range of Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he was holding meetings on Thursday on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The abrupt clampdown on corruption could exacerbate criticism of other risky policies he has adopted. Photograph:  Presidency Press Service/Pool Photo via AP

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has shaken the kingdom to its foundations by detaining senior princes, ministers and wealthy businessmen and fi(...)

Syrian families waiting to register at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. Mr Trump’s order puts an indefinite hold on a programme resettling Syrian refugees. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

Radical groups have celebrated Trump’s ban on entry into the US of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, arguing the bans demonstrate the US(...)

A supporter shows a campaign poster for Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaie on the streets of Tehran. Photograph: Reuters

Campaigning in Iran’s presidential election ended yesterday ahead of today’s vote in which the sole moderate candidate has an outside chance of steali(...)

The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters The reformists’ backing of Hassan Rohani, a former chief nuclear negotiator known for his conciliatory approach, is an effort to attract the votes of those Iranians hoping for greater freedoms and an end to Iran’s diplomatic isolation. Photograph: Reuters

Iranian reformists led by former president Mohammad Khatami have endorsed Hassan Rohani, the lone moderate contesting Friday’s election for the presid(...)