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Samantha Power said she felt ‘immensely fortunate to have the chance to serve again, working with the incredible USAID team to confront Covid-19, climate change, humanitarian crises, and more.’ File photograph: Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images

Former US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has been nominated by president-elect Joe Biden to lead USAid, the government’s top developm(...)

William Burns, then deputy secretary of state,  testifies in 2014 on the situation in Syria and the Ukraine to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee  in Washington, DC. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

US president-elect Joe Biden has announced he has chosen veteran diplomat William Burns to be his CIA director. A former ambassador to Russia and Jor(...)

A member of the US secret service wears a surgical mask as  President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference on the  coronavirus in the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

When the history is written of how the United States handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6th will leap out of the timeline. That was (...)

The Special Criminal Court has set a date for the trial of three men charged with possession of explosive devices including an adapted beer keg.

The Special Criminal Court has set a date for the trial of three men charged with possession of explosive devices including an adapted beer keg.The me(...)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah last month. REUTERS/Alaa Badarneh

Formal talks in Cairo involving a Palestinian umbrella delegation and officials from Egypt’s powerful intelligence agency were held yesterday, in spi(...)

A Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing the wreckage of her house in Beit Hanoun town at the weekend. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Palestinian representatives met US deputy secretary of state William Burns and quartet envoy Tony Blair in Cairo yesterday to try and end the confl(...)

Armed pro-Russian rebels stand guard outside the town hall in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine. Separatists in eastern Ukraine have ignored president Vladimir Putin’s request  to postpone a vote on self-rule this Sunday. Photograph:  Marko Djurica/Reuters

Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine have ignored a public call by Russian president Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declar(...)

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Egypt’s then interim vice-president Mohamed ElBaradei during her visit to Cairo last month, when she initiated an attempted deal to resolve the Egyptian conflict. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

An EU-US brokered deal to end the stand-off between Egypt’s interim government and the Muslim Brotherhood over its protest camps at Cairo’s Nasr City (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry participates in an impromptu game of soccer with staff as he waits for his plane to refuel at Vienna airport during a flight from Islamabad to London. In an interview with Pakistani media, Mr Kerry indicated support for Egypt’s new army leaders. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

The United States today said it would work with other nations to resolve Egypt’s crisis peacefully, injecting new energy into a push to end a bloody (...)

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramsis square area in central Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

A spokesman for Egypt’s interim president said today authorities expected Islamist movements to join in national reconciliation, including the Muslim (...)

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