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Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan chairs a security meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/presidential palace via Reuters

Turkey seeks to avoid any clash with US, Russian or Syrian forces but will take any steps needed for its security, a Turkish minister said on Tuesday(...)

Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: we may look back on 2017 as the phoney war

For more than 70 years, the United States has led an international order organised around alliances, an open global economy, and multilateralism. This(...)

US secretary of defence James Mattis with South Korean defence minister Song Young-moo at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Korean  Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Friday. Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun-Pool/Getty Images

US secretary of defence James Mattis has accused North Korea of using nuclear weapons to threaten others with “catastrophe” but said the US remained (...)

A US air force B-1B bomber taking off from Andersen air force base, Guam, on Tuesday. Photograph: Joshua Smoot/AFP/Getty Images

The US air force has flown two B-1B strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, amid simmering tensions in th(...)

Special forces from the Capital Defense Command take part in a military drill in Seoul, South Korea . Photograph: Seo Myung-Gon/Yonhap/via Reuters

The US ambassador to the United Nations has said North Korea is “begging for war” by testing a nuclear weapon over the weekend. In response, Nikki H(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: AFP

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday said “talking is not the answer” to the tense standoff with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, b(...)

A teleprompter displays US president Donald Trump’s speech as he delivers an address to the nation at Fort Myer in Arlington on Monday on the US’s continuing military involvement in Afghanistan. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times)

US president Donald Trump’s scepticism about the United States’s involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff. But his top national security (...)

US Marines stand at attention during an interment ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, which contains the graves of many members of the US  military killed in   Afghanistan. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

President Donald Trump is likely to approve to a modest increase in US troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday, official(...)

Emergency services personnel wearing protective clothing participate in an anti-terror and anti-chemical terror exercise as part of   US-South Korea computer-simulated military exercises  in Goyang, South Korea, on Monday. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korean and US forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea’s weapons programmes, while a report th(...)

A man wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of President Donald Trump, right, argues with a counterprotester after being hit by a flying plastic bottle of water near a "Free Speech" rally staged by conservative activists, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston.  An estimated 15,000 counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by conservatives who had planned to deliver a series of speeches. Police vans later escorted the conservatives out of the area, and angry counterprotesters scuffled with armed officers trying to maintain order.  (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, emboldened and unnerved by the eruption of fatal violence in Virginia last weekend, surged onto streets and parks (...)

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