US soldiers attend a training session for the Afghan army in  Afghanistan,  February 2nd, 2019 Photograph: EPA/Jalil Rezayee

Zhou Enlai’s supposed judgment on the French Revolution has always looked unbeatable for magisterial long-termism. “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese pre(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is applauded by delegates including taoiseach Albert Reynolds after addressing the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in Dublin Castle in October 1994. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Newly-declassified documents have shed new light on Britain’s failed attempts to stop the Clinton administration issuing a visa to allow Sinn Féin lea(...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

Migrants from Central America sleep in the main square in Huixtlan, Mexico. In defiance of the Mexican and American governments, more than 7,000 Central American undocumented migrants have been en route to the United States for more than a week. Photograph: Luis Antonio Rojas/the New York Times

Soon after dawn on Tuesday, the mayor stood on the central plaza of his town here in southern Mexico and took stock. Thousands of migrants – men, wome(...)

Team Europe fans during the Fourballs match on day two of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National. Photograph: PA

The 1st hole of the Albatros course at Le Golf National runs 420 yards, down around a dogleg curve that turns away from the large pond you have to cro(...)

Cindy McCain, wife of late US senator John McCain, leans over his casket as his body lies in state inside the US Capitol rotunda in Washington on Friday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

John McCain was an emblem of America’s “fighting spirit, noble idealism and solemn patriotism”, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday (...)

British prime minister Winston Churchill, US president Franklin D Roosevelt and Russian leader  Joseph Stalin pose at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, Crimea at the conclusion of the Yalta conference in February 1945. Photograph:  Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

It is immensely flattering for Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea – a small, impoverished and isolated country – to take part in a one-to-one summ(...)

US president Donald Trump: After winning by warning voters they were being suckered, he’s made them all suckers. Photograph: Chris Kleponis

Con artists have always been slithering around. Huckleberry Finn tangled with flimflam men on Mississippi riverboats. There was a flirty snake-oil sal(...)

US president Donald Trump in Michigan on Saturday. “Trump’s peculiar form of diplomacy  has somehow produced a possible breakthrough in North Korea that eluded his predecessors.” Photograph: Rena Laverty/EPA

You can hear those heads exploding from here to Oslo. Republican legislators are pushing Donald Trump, the most combative man in the universe, for a N(...)

Phil Hogan: “Phase one of the talks was like the National League, but the Championship is just about to start. That will be the decider.” Photograph: Getty Images

A border for people and goods on the island of Ireland is inevitable if the UK leaves the customs union, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan has sa(...)

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