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US pesident Donald Trump shakes hands with France’s president Emmanuel Macron, ahead of the Nato summit  in London. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron has confronted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with his most direct warning yet that Ankara’s recent behaviour is not c(...)

Former US naval secretary Richard Spencer is seen in Iwakuni, Japan, in July 2018. Photograph: Sgt Akeel Austin/US Marine Corps/EPA

The civilian head of the US Navy has been forced to resign by Donald Trump after the US president clashed with his senior naval advisers about a war c(...)

 ‘Referring to his recent visit to the UK last July, Donald Trump noted that he had met with the Prince of “Whales” (sic), among other dignitaries.’ File photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

“Covfefe” [sic] has become an internet meme, Dadaist in its obscurity and nonsense. US president Donald Trump used it in an apparently incomplete twee(...)

A Microsoft sign in Times Square, in New York. Microsoft won the US Defence Department’s 10-year Jedi cloud computing project over Amazon. Photograph: New York Times

Microsoft Corp has won the Pentagon’s $10 billion cloud computing contract, the US Defense Department said on Friday, beating out favorite Amazon. com(...)

US president Donald Trump announces the lifting of sanctions on Turkey in a White House speech on Wednesday. Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has lifted sanctions on Turkey, saying the country has committed to a permanent ceasefire in northern Syria and defending th(...)

 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters move on the way to northeast Syria  in Akcakale district in Sanliurfa, Turkey on Tuesday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Russia has said Turkey’s military assault on northeastern Syria is “unacceptable”, heaping pressure on Ankara as Moscow seeks to capitalise on a US wi(...)

 Syrians gather in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh to celebrate adeal between the Damascus government and the Kurdish administration. Photograph: Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels will press ahead with a plan to take a key town in northern Syria, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday, in a sign that a(...)

A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter fires during clashes in the border town of Ras al-Ain on Sunday. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has ordered all remaining US forces in northeast Syria to withdraw in the face of a growing Turkish military assault, risking an escalati(...)

US secretary of defence Mark Esper and President Donald Trump before a meeting with senior military leaders in the White House on October 7th. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Trump’s secretary of defence said on Sunday the Pentagon would co-operate with the House’s impeachment inquiry, while cautioning that Mr Trump (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani  views    a military  parade in Tehran to  mark an   Iraqi invasion  in 1980 which lead to an eight-year war.   Photograph: EPA

US president Donald Trump has played down expectations that he will meet Iran’s leaders this week at the United Nations General Assembly. “Nothing is(...)

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