US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo departed Washington on Tuesday night for Saudi Arabia in the wake of weekend attacks on oil facilities that have esc(...)

Australian bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin. Photograph: The Way Overland

The families of a British-Australian woman and her Australian partner have pleaded for their immediate release from a notorious Iranian prison. Jolie(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirmed a pledge to annex all Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced his intention on Tuesday to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he wins next week(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media on the Iranian nuclear issue at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Monday. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

Iran on Monday rejected a claim by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu that Tehran had been developing nuclear weapons at a secret site and said(...)

Before and during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France’s President Emmanuel Macron held intense talks with UK prime minister Boris Johnson, US president Donald Trump. Sarria/AFP/Getty Images 1

It is a difficult thing for politicians to change. Nearly halfway through his five-year term, in what is widely heralded as Act II of his presidency, (...)

President Hassan Rouhani addresses the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Monday. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran has vowed to further increase its nuclear activity this week beyond limits agreed in its 2015 deal with world powers unless European cosignatorie(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani: “If [Mr Trump] just wants to take photo with Hassan Rouhani that would not be possible.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani has ruled out holding talks with Donald Trump until the US has agreed to lift all its sanctions on the Islamic republi(...)

French president and G7 host Emmanuel Macron with US president Donald Trump and Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte during  the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau – Pool/Getty Images

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and US concluded an extraordinary three-day summit in Biarritz with what appeared to be s(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk  and Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: US has pledged a big trade deal to Britain in wake of Brexit.  Photograph: Neil Hall

French efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, known as the JCPOA, dominated the G7 summit in Biarritz on Saturday and Sunday, with the surpr(...)

Crew members of the Grace 1 super tanker remove the name of ship in the British territory of Gibraltar on Saturday. Photograph: Marcos Moreno/AP Photos

The Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West is expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday night, Iran’s ambassador to Britain said(...)

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