The interior of the Fordow Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of Iran. Photograph: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a South Korean vessel “for polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals”, amid rising tensions between Iran and t(...)

Iraqi demonstrators gather to mark the anniversary of the US killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia commander, in  Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad. Photograph:  ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Tens of thousands of supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups chanted anti-American slogans in central Baghdad on Sunday to mark the ann(...)

Destruction at Karbala airport, one of the areas targeted by US military air strikes on Thursday night. Photograph: Mohammed Sawaf/AFP via Getty Images

Iraq condemned overnight US air strikes on Friday, saying they killed six people and warning of dangerous consequences for what it called a violation(...)

An Iranian campaign worker distributes electoral fliers for the February 21st  parliamentary elections, near the Mosallah Mosque during Friday prayers in Tehran. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh

Iran is set to go to the polls on February 21st to elect a new parliament at a time of soaring tensions with the US and rising economic distress for m(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a TV  interview on the closing day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in  January  2019.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe have pulled out of joining the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos next(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden and senator Bernie Sanders during the 2020 Democratic campaign debate in Los Angeles in December. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The leading Democrats vying to take on Donald Trump in November’s US presidential election are set to spar over who would make the best commander-in-c(...)

Mike Lee (left), a Republican senator from Utah: “Somewhat unsatisfied” with the “legal, factual and moral justification” for the attack on Qassem Suleimani. Photograph: Tom Brenner/Reuters

Mike Lee, a Republican senator from Utah, blasted Trump administration officials for offering an inadequate briefing on the intelligence that justifie(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson speaks   in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/Handout via Reuters

Boris Johnson has described Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian general killed by the United States, as a terrorist with the blood of British soldiers on hi(...)

Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit record highs on Wednesday after US president Donald Trump said there were no American casualties in the Iranian mis(...)

 Qassem Suleimani became a symbol of a wider network of Iranian ambition across the Middle East. That network remains structurally unchanged by his murder.

Donald Trump’s decision to kill Qassem Suleimani has opened a Pandora’s box. Giving the command to target Suleimani was a momentous act, apparently un(...)

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