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Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin: A 35-minute call described as “business-like and frank”. Photographs: AFP via Getty Images

The Kremlin has said there is no prospect of a swift thaw in relations with Washington, while welcoming a first phone call between Russian president V(...)

The White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s announcement but said US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin had discussed the treaty by telephone and agreed that their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5th, when it  expires. File photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/POOL/AFP/ Getty Images

Russia and the United States have struck a deal to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, a move that preserve(...)

 Republican senator from Kentucky Rand Paul argued that holding an impeachment trial after a president is no longer in office is not constitutional.  Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

The prospect that Donald Trump will be convicted in his impeachment trial receded on Tuesday after 45 Republicans objected to the constitutionality of(...)

Iraqi mourners pray over the coffin of a victim  in the twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Thursday which killed 32 and wounded 110. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

The twin suicide bombings in Baghdad on Thursday that killed at least 32 people announced that Islamic State is back in business in Iraq, the country (...)

President Joe Biden signs documents  in the President’s Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP

As Joe Biden enters the White House as president, a new era has begun in the United States. After four years of turmoil, controversy and national divi(...)

The coffin of an as yet unnamed murdered supreme court judge is  carried in Kabul on Sunday. Photograph: Epa/Hedayatullah Amid

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Ka(...)

 US president Donald Trump speaks to  troops during a surprise Thanksgiving visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan November 2019. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP

The partial withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which was completed on Friday, is a landmine the outgoing Trump administration has left for its (...)

Mike Pompeo: said  Iran  has taken over from Afghanistan and Pakistan as al-Qaeda’s   main “sanctuary for the terror group’s senior leaders as they plan attacks against America and our allies”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s accusation that Iran has become al-Qaeda’s home base, which he made in a speech on Tuesday, is intended to undermi(...)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds the signed article of impeachment after the US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Democrats in the House of Representatives made good on their vows to impeach Donald Trump for a historic second time on Wednesday in the wake of last (...)

The wreckage of the Ukrainian  passenger   aircraft downed by Iranian armed forces on January 8th, 2020, near Tehran, killing all 176 people  on board. Photograph:  EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

A year after Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran airport it is under growing international pressure to try those responsible and comp(...)

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