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A paramilitary soldier patrols near visitors posing for souvenir pictures at Tiananmen Square in Beijing

China said it was “gravely concerned” about reports the United States has been tapping its phone calls and has demanded an explanation from Washington(...)

Hardline French interior minister Manuel Valls sparked nine days of government crisis when he said on September 24th that the Roma had a “way of life extremely different from our own” and alleged that only “a minority want to integrate”. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Divisions within the government over France’s treatment of some 20,000 Roma dominated French politics all week, forcing President François Hollande to(...)

A massive typhoon is bearing down on Japan and heading towards Tokyo, dumping torrential rain, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country’s popu(...)

 Jean McConville  with three of her children shortly before she disappeared in 1972. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

The family of Jean McConville, who was abducted and murdered by the IRA more than 40 years ago, is suing the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)(...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds up a pistol as he supervises  North Korea People's Army firing drills, in this still image taken from video footage released yesterday by the North's state-run television KRT. Photograph: Reuters

North Korea has advised embassies to consider moving staff out of the country and warned it cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats after Apri(...)

Army reservists salute the flag during a Foundation Day ceremony of the local reserve forces in Seoul today.  North Korea has placed two of its intermediate range missiles on mobile launchers and hidden them on the east coast of the country in a move that could threaten Japan or US Pacific bases, South Korean media has reported. Photograph: Lim Hun-jung/Reuters

The United States would not be surprised if North Korea were to conduct a new missile test, White House spokesman Jay Carney has told reporters(...)

A North Korean soldier watches the South Korean side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul today. Photograph:  Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap/Reuters

South Korea's defense chief has confirmed that North Korea has moved to its east coast a missile with a "considerable" range, but that it was n(...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai sits during an event to mark International Women's Day in Kabul today. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters
Karzai claims US collusion

Afghan president Hamid Karzai has accused the Taliban and the US of working together to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most fore(...)

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