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Outgoing US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan: Mark Esper, army secretary and  former Raytheon executive, is set to take his role. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration for the post of Pentagon chief, making him the latest person to leave a (...)

US president Donald Trump: Vacillated on the issue of meeting the Iranians for talks.  Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump has ordered 1,000 more US troops to the Middle East amid a dangerous escalation in tension with Iran as Tehran threatens steps (...)

US president Donald Trump at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated after Washington blamed Tehran for Thursday’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar greets US president Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Donald and Melania Trump departed Shannon Airport on Friday afternoon bringing to a close the first visit to Ireland by the 45th president of the Unit(...)

Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, has called on the UN Security Council to help hold accountable the perpetrators of an attack on four oil tankers off the coast of the  UAE last month. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

Attacks on four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last month were “most likely” perpetrated by a “state actor”, the United Nations(...)

US president Donald Trump  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Shannon airport on Wednesday. Mr Varadkar said they also  discussed the taxation in Ireland of large companies. Photograph:  Pool/Getty Images

Hopes that thousands of Irish citizens could gain access to a new class of visa have been raised after US president Donald Trump said he intervened wi(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump are pictured in London’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office during his state visit to the UK. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Donald Trump wore his proprietary pout as he walked into the mosaiced expanse of the foreign office’s glass-roofed Durbar Court alongside Theresa May.(...)

The Trump administration is taking steps to ban Huawei equipment from its 5G networks, and has been urging allies to do the same, warning that it could be used by Beijing for spying.

Donald Trump will threaten to limit intelligence sharing with the UK if the British government allows Huawei to build part of the country’s 5G mobile (...)

US first lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako listen to national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday. Photograph: Nicolas Datiche/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump said he would welcome efforts by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to help improve relations between Washington and Tehran,(...)

An F/A-18E Super Hornet is launched from the flight deck of the  USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea last Thursday. Iran claimed Trump is being ‘goaded’ by national security adviser John Bolton into starting a war. Handout photograph: Reuters

Tensions between Iran and the United States have intensified after Tehran warned the US not to threaten the country following inflammatory comments by(...)

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