Taliban political office chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (left) meets Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha. Photograph: Qatari ministry of foreign affairs/AFP

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan has shocked Middle Eastern governments fearful of the regional repercussions of this destabilising develop(...)

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Mercer Street   came under attack off the coast of Oman on Thursday. Photograph: Johan Victor via AP

The United States and Britain said on Sunday they believed Iran carried out an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker off the coast of(...)

 Director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi: “The inspection work of the agency should not be put on the negotiating table as a bargaining chip.” Photograph:  Joe Klamar

The fate of the Iran nuclear deal is hanging by a thread this week as the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) debates (...)

‘The path is very clear. The US should put an end to its illegal and unilateral sanctions,’ says Saied Khatibzadeh, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Iran has rejected a European invitation to attend direct talks with the US over a return to the nuclear deal that Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, but (...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: he said Iranian authorities should not wait “an hour” if there was a chance to have US sanctions lifted. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

European powers are backing president-elect Joe Biden’s suggestion that the US returns to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in its existing form, and (...)

Firemen at the site of a huge bomb explosion that shook a bank building and US embassy in central Nairobi, Kenya, on  August 7th, 1998. File photograph: EPA

Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israel(...)