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A huge pall of smoke rises from blazing fuel tankers at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in Herat Province, Afghanistan, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo

A fuel tanker exploded on Saturday afternoon at a crowded border post in western Afghanistan, setting off an enormous fire that spread to more than 1(...)

The mother and brother of Mohammad, one of four children from the extended Bakr family killed during the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian conflict, visit the victim’s grave in al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams

The International Criminal Court is to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity, war crimes and rights abuses in the Israeli-occupied Palest(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken: he has said the Biden administration wants to pursue arms control with China and a wider agreement with Moscow.  Photograph:  Getty Images

The US has extended a nuclear arms control agreement with Russia for five years, striking the deal despite the Biden administration’s promise to take (...)

Anthony Blinken during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state at the Capitol, January 19th. Photograph: EPA/Graeme Jennings/Pool

As Joe Biden begins to implement his policy agenda as the 46th president of the United States, the final make-up of his cabinet is beginning to take s(...)

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photograph: Peter de Jong/Pool/AFP via Getty

Human rights groups across the world have called on US president Joe Biden to reverse an order signed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, imposing sanct(...)

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(...)

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