Chief opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush (right) of the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group speaks with his colleague during Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on February 16th. Photograph: Stanislav Filippov/AFP/Getty Images

Uncertainty continues to plague the UN effort to impose a ceasefire, deliver humanitarian aid and negotiate a political settlement in war-torn Syria. (...)

US president Donald Trump speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to a rally  in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump revelled in the publication of Democratic party emails that fuelled damaging stories about his opponent, Hi(...)

Declan Ganley: his defamation action against RTÉ was initiated in 2012 and a trial date has yet to be set. Photograph: Eric Luke

A High Court judge is dealing with a number of pre-trial matters in defamation proceedings brought against RTÉ by businessman Declan Ganley. Mr Ganle(...)

 US president-elect Donald Trump speaking during the USA Thank You Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. File photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

US president-elect Donald Trump has criticised the intelligence agencies he will soon lead, saying that it is “ridiculous” for them to suggest that Ru(...)

President-elect Donald Trump following his meeting with Mitt Romney at the weekend. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

President-elect Donald Trump, working to fill administration positions ahead of his inauguration on January 20th, was scheduled to hold talks in New (...)

John Risher, 106, watches the game and records statistics manually in the press box during a University of Virginia home football game in Charlottesville. Photograph: Lexey Swall/The New York Times

Charlottesville, Virginia. John Risher drove north on Route 29, a briefcase resting in the car’s back seat. Through sunglasses, Risher, who is 106 (...)

A boy passes a mural in Yemen: Fulfilling a commitment made by President Barack Obama in 2013, the US government plans to release details of the number of militant suspects and civilians killed in drone strikes since 2009. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty

The US government plans to release details of the number of militant suspects and civilians killed in drone strikes since 2009 in an effort to increa(...)

Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armoured vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8th after they retook the region from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers trying to forge a Syrian peace plan have made almost no progress in overcoming one of the main obstacles to ending the war: deciding who (...)

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir  and US Secretary of State John Kerry: there has been a decades-long relationship between the spy services of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

When President Barack Obama secretly authorised the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew (...)

Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Photograph: the New York Times

Ahmed Chalabi, chief proponent of US-enforced regime change in Iraq, died yesterday at the age of 71 in Baghdad, where he headed the Shia fundamentali(...)

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