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Mike Pompeo: said  Iran  has taken over from Afghanistan and Pakistan as al-Qaeda’s   main “sanctuary for the terror group’s senior leaders as they plan attacks against America and our allies”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s accusation that Iran has become al-Qaeda’s home base, which he made in a speech on Tuesday, is intended to undermi(...)

Lara Marlowe with Robert Fisk in Kuwait, near a burning oilfield, in February 1991

I had the honour of being married to Robert Fisk for 12 years. In my opinion he was the finest journalist of his generation The word “controvers(...)

Robert Fisk joined the London Independent in 1989 and continued to work for that publication until his death.

Veteran foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk has died after becoming unwell at his Dublin home on Friday. It is understood the journalist was(...)

Maggie Taggart

Four of BBC Northern Ireland’s most senior journalists have taken the decision to leave the corporation, it was announced on Wednesday. Stepping down(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi president Barham Salih  greet each other with elbow bumps after a press conference at the presidential palace in Baghdad on Wednesday. Photograph: Murtaja Lateef/EPA

Emmanuel Macron returned to Paris on Wednesday night after a three-day journey to Beirut and Baghdad during which he played the role of a modern-day L(...)

A midlands meat plant. It has been clear almost from the start of the coronavirus crisis here that meat plants are a major hazard. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Imagine how bad things would have to get for TDs to be recalled from their holidays. There would probably need to be some terrible freak event such as(...)

Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire of the Chicks have written their first album together in 14 years.

The women formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have survived the good old boys of country music, a legal battle with their record label, a feud with a p(...)

Khalaf and Barnu Al-Hadedi with their grandson in their living room in the Al-Nabi Younis neighbourhood  of Mosul. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Not many outside Iraq will have heard of Rifat Chadirji. The father of modern Iraqi architecture died in London last month, after contracting coronavi(...)

Ana de Armas and Wagner Moura in Sergio

There’s a short season to be compiled of feature dramas adapted from the same directors’ documentaries. Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, a variation on th(...)

 Eminem: “But I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/ Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.” Photograph: Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage

Eminem has compared himself to Salman Ramadan Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert in(...)

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