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Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan chairs a security meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/presidential palace via Reuters

Turkey seeks to avoid any clash with US, Russian or Syrian forces but will take any steps needed for its security, a Turkish minister said on Tuesday(...)

People look at an artwork depicting Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in Doha. Since the imposition of a boycott of Qatar by other Gulf states, Tamim has become the object of a fervent personality cult. Photograph: Naseem Zeitoon/Reuters

For the emir of Qatar, there has been little that money can’t buy. As a teenager he dreamed of becoming the Boris Becker of the Arab world, so his par(...)

Tete-a-tete: Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel at the G20 summit in Hamburg last year. They are all due to make speeches in Davos this week. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

A year ago, as the world was coming to terms with the idea of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Xi Jinping took to the stage at the Worl(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  said the Trump administration would maintain its military presence in Syria  to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, press for the ousting of President Bashar al-Assad, and counter Iranian influence. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

The Syrian government has condemned the US presence in Syria as illegal and an aggression, in response to a US plan to deploy its forces in the countr(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the newly-renovated Pyongyang Teachers’ University in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Korean Central News Agency via KNS

North and South Korea will march under a unified flag in the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month and field a joint women’s (...)

President Donald Trump, flanked by interior secretary Ryan Zinke, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, and defence secretary James Mattis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Would the presidency give Donald Trump free rein to act on his wilder impulses and see through his rabble-rousing agenda – in other words, would the w(...)

Prisoners of war (POWs) from   separatist, self-proclaimed republics on the Ukraine-Russia border board a bus during an exchange of captives near the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk region, Ukraine. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels fighting in the country’s east exchanged hundreds of captives on Wednesday, in the first major prisoner sw(...)

Deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein waits for a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Oversight on Capitol Hill  in Washington, DC, today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has rejected calls by Republican politicians for special counsel Robert Mueller to be removed from the Russia i(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson: has previously expressed a desire to use diplomatic channels with Pyongyang. Photograph:  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from US demands(...)

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday. Photograph: Musa al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a “day of rage” on Friday against (...)

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