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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson speaks to the media at the  state department after being fired by President Donald Trump in Washington. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump made no attempt to disguise how far apart he and his secretary of state had fallen on Tuesday as he summarily dispatched Rex Tillerson wi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to assure unionists that Ireland has “no hidden agenda” as he called on them to get behind efforts to break the poli(...)

 British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow  was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry amid escalating tension over the alleged poisoning case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri  Kochetkov

As Tuesday night’s deadline approached, nobody in Westminster expected Russia to offer any explanation of last week’s attack in Salisbury that would s(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will call for a US ambassador to Ireland to be appointed when he meets US president Donald Trump in the White House on Thursday(...)

Gina Haspel also drafted a cable ordering the destruction of CIA interrogation videos in 2005. Photograph: Central Intelligence Agency/Handout/AFP

Donald Trump’s pick for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, reportedly oversaw a black site prison in Thailand where terrorism suspe(...)

Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images

Rex Tillerson’s sacking is the latest in a series of notable firings and resignations from president Donald Trump’s White House since he took office o(...)

A file image of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson listening as president Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP.

US president Donald Trump on Tuesday fired his secretary of state Rex Tillerson, saying the two had a “different mindset” on key diplomatic. Here ar(...)

CIA director Mike Pompeo has been named as the new US secretary of state. Photograph: AP

CIA director Mike Pompeo will bring a number of assets to his new role as secretary of state, the top US diplomat: the confidence of president Donald (...)

Police officers get dressed in protective suiting at a car recovery depot in Norton Enterprise Park, where Sergei Skripal’s car was originally transported, in Salisbury on Tuesday. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Police made a fresh plea on Tuesday for information about last week’s poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter as a deadline approached for Moscow(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters carry  a wounded colleague in Afrin, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s six-week old invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin has put it on a collision course with both Russia and the United States. Ankar(...)

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