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Iranians holding pictures of assassinated general Qassem Suleimani and supreme leader Ali Khamenei protest in Tehran on Friday over the US air strike that killed Suleimani. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The US air strike on Baghdad airport that killed Gen Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force, the elite expeditionary arm of Iran’s Revolutionar(...)

A member of Libya’s central security support force holds a weapon during a security deployment in the Tajura district, east of Tripoli, on Monday. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has formally asked parliament in Ankara for a one-year mandate to send troops to Libya, where the (...)

President Donald Trump meeting with president Vladimir Putin of Russia in June, 2019. File photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed the state of relations between their two countries in a phone call instigated(...)

This was the year of Nancy Pelosi, whose decision finally to bow to internal Democratic Party pressure and pursue Trump for abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine led to only the third impeachment of a president in US history. Pelosi, reinvigorated as House Speaker, marshalled the process with poise and a keen political antenna. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

In this age of technological revolution and economic globalisation, it is often taken as given that human agency has been eroded, if not swept away, b(...)

US president Donald Trump: 2019 will ultimately be remembered as the year that led to the mercurial businessman becoming only the third president in US history to be impeached. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Twenty-nineteen may be remembered as the year when the United States and the world became inured to the presidency of Donald Trump, the mercurial(...)

 US President Donald J. Trump responds to a question from the news media as he walks from the residence to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 02 December 2019. President Trump is traveling to London for the NATO Summit. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Both men would detest the thought. But, in crucial respects, the foreign policies of Donald Trump and Barack Obama are looking strikingly similar. Th(...)

A toy lies amongst the rubble of a building destroyed by a reported Russian air strike on  al-Barra in  Idlib province on November 15th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty Images

At least 24 people have died after Syrian government shelling targeted a displacement camp and hospital, rescue workers and residents have said, as pr(...)

 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia: He has raised huge sums of money despite being the youngest candidate in the field. Photograph:  Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Ten leading Democratic presidential candidates largely avoided attacking each other in a televised debate on Wednesday night, though their differences(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron told the Economist that “we are currently experiencing . . . the brain death of Nato” and Europe “must regain military sovereignty”. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

The mostly ageing audience of academics, defence officials and parliamentarians were not the sort of people one associates with exuberance. But the mo(...)

Former British army officer James Le Mesurier standing near the Golden Horn, Istanbul, in an undated photo. The Russian foreign ministry said on Twitter on Friday that he  was a former British agent with reported “connections to terrorist groups”. Photograph: AP Photo

The British founder of an organisation that trained the “White Helmets” emergency response group has been found dead in Istanbul, five years after the(...)

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