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 Palestinian women   at a   UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa)-run clinic in  Gaza: The agency   provides support for 5,266,603 registered refugees. Photograph:  Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty

The Trump administration’s decision on Tuesday to slash its funding to the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees could have wide economic, social and(...)

Pakistani students burn images of US president Donald Trump during a protest against aid cuts in Islamabad on Friday. Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan as the Trump administration escalates pressure on the government in Islamabad to prevent terroris(...)

 EU Council chief  Donald Tusk has urged EU states  to “proceed swiftly” with the Nord Stream 2 project. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Russia’s plan for a major new pipeline that critics say would undermine eastern Europe’s energy security faces a fresh potential obstacle, after Denma(...)

Iranian victims of the earthquake mourn near the wreckage of their home in the city of Pole-Zahab, in Kermanshah Province. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iranian officials have raised the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake of 7.3 magnitude on its border with Iraq to at least 530, making it the deadlies(...)

Syrian Kurds wave the Kurdish flag, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli during a gathering in support of the independence referendum in the  Kurdish region. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most powerful Shia cleric, has called on Iraqi Kurds to “return to the path of the constitution” and end effort(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at his position on the front line in the town of Maryinka, east Ukraine, on September 3rd. Photograph: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters

The United States has said it would back the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine, as long as they had a broad mandate and ac(...)

A man reads the last and final issue of the Cambodia Daily Newspaper at a bookstore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photograph: EPA

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen vowed on Monday to resist foreign interference, following international criticism of the arrest of his main rival for(...)

Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said the administration was preparing a supplemental disaster relief fund to be voted on by Congress. He said about 10,000 homes had been damaged by Storm Harvey. Photograph:  Jim  Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The United States has given Russia two days to close diplomatic offices in Washington, New York and San Francisco in a significant escalation of diplo(...)

A vintage US car in front of the US Embassy in Havana in a 2015 photograph. Cuba has denied involvement in the incidents, and said this month that it is investigating the US allegations. Photograph:  Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

Mysterious “incidents” caused physical symptoms in at least 16 Americans linked to the US embassy in Cuba, the US state department has said, in what m(...)

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko visiting the   Yuzhmash factory in Dnipro in October 2014. The factory has been linked with the supply of powerful missile engines to North Korea. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has ordered an urgent investigation into a contested report that a factory in his country may have supplied po(...)

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