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 German chancellor Angela Merkel and  Mike Pence at the Munich conference, where the US vice president  pledged “unwavering” support for Nato. Photograph: Guido Bergmann /Bundesregierung via Getty Images

For five decades, western political leaders have gathered at an annual security conference in Munich to grapple with crises in the unstable, violent w(...)

 US Senator John McCain speaks during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Republican senator John McCain said on Friday Donald Trump’s administration was in “disarray” and that Nato’s founders would be alarmed by the growing(...)

Some Trump defenders have said that the president thrives on chaos, but there is no empirical data or research that supports the notion that chaos is a productive management tool. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

For someone who promoted his management skills and campaigned as an “organisational genius”, it has been a rocky White House debut for Donald Trump, t(...)

US defence secretary Jim Mattis: “We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

US president Donald Trump’s defence secretary on Thursday said he did not see the conditions for military collaboration with Russia, in a blow to Mosc(...)

Pyongyang ups the ante

The test-firing of a new nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile by North Korea on Sunday – the Pukguksong-2 – was another ratcheting up (...)

The Louvre museum in Paris following an attack on Friday in which an armed man was shot by a soldier. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

1. Louvre attack: Soldier shoots man armed with machete A man armed with a machete and a knife rushed towards soldiers shouting “Allahu akhbar” in th(...)

US secretary of defence James Mattis (centre) walks with South Korean defence Minister Han Min-koo (left) during a visit to the National Cemetery in Seoul on Friday. Photograph: Kim Hee-chul. EPA

US president Donald Trump’s defence secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response if Pyongyang chose to use nucle(...)

US president Donald Trump arriving aboard Marine One to greet the remains of a US military commando killed during a raid on the al-Qaeda militant group in southern Yemen on Sunday, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US military has launched an investigation into the scale of civilian casualties in a botched special forces raid against a suspected al-Qaeda bas(...)

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