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Antonio Inoki on the canvas in his wrestling-boxing match against Muhammad Ali in 1976. They fought 15-rounds, ending in a draw. Inoki seemed angry afterwards that he hadn’t won. Photograph: Bettmann Archive

Over his 74 years, Antonio Inoki has built up an unconventional resume. A wrestler-turned parliamentarian who once set up his own political party call(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump: “The risk that Kim is miscalculating, by potentially provoking an American attack, is raised by the unpredictability of Trump.” Photograph: Saul Loeb, Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The great wars of the 20th century were often preceded by a catastrophic miscalculation. The Germans failed to anticipate that Britain would fight ove(...)

Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 6th, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the US territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump admin(...)

File photograph of former British prime minister Tony Blair. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A British court on Monday rejected an attempt by a former Iraqi general to bring a private prosecution against former prime minister Tony Blair over t(...)

Shi’ite militiamen in al-Mazraa,  Iraq. While Iran has built up militias to fight  Islamic State in Iraq, it has also mobilised an army of Shi’ite Iraqi men to fight on its behalf in Syria. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military co-operation and the fight against “terrorism and extremism”, Iranian media reported, (...)

Audie Attar stands sentry in the background as Floyd Mayweather jibes Conor McGregor during their final press tour stop in London. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

As Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Conor McGregor engaged in the fourth and final leg of their puerile, inter-continental swear-off in London last Friday nig(...)

Soldiers pick their way through the ruins of Mosul, Iraq, on Tuesday. Photograph: Rukmini Callimachi/New York Times

Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State militants holding out in Mosul’s Old City on Wednesday, more than 36 hours after Baghdad declared victory over(...)

 Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the public inquiry into the Iraq War, has said that he does not believe former prime minister Tony Blair (above)  was ‘straight with the nation’ about his decisions in the run-up to the 2003 conflict. Photograph: PA

Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq war. The chairm(...)

The al-Hadba minaret of  the Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen through a  window in the Old City of Mosul on June 1st. Photograph: Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters

The leaning al-Habda minaret that has towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, bu(...)

Zak Moradi arrived in Ireland aged 11

The Lory Meagher Cup final on Saturday will be noteworthy for a number of firsts. It will be the first time a Leitrim senior hurling team has played (...)

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