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Supporters of US president Donald Trump at Freedom Plaza in Washington on December 12th. Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

In 1979, the US suffered the twin ignominies of the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet capture of Afghanistan. Inflation took off as the helpless pres(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden steps off a plane at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Delaware on  Tuesday.  Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

US president-elect Joe Biden will get the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as next week, transition officials said on Wednesday, as US authorities try to buil(...)

 A girl reacts as she waits to get a school bag provided by a local aid group, Mona Relief Yemen, at a public school in Sana’a, Yemen. Mona Relief Yemen has distributed school bags to encourage girls to keep attending classes as the number of out-of-school children is estimated at more than two million. Photograph: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Yemen is the country most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in the coming year, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (...)

Moore St. Dublin 1972

Last year, 76-year-old retiree Michael Foley uploaded a number of beautiful old photos of Moore Street fruit and veg traders and their customers to Fa(...)

President-elect Joe Biden introduces retired US army general Lloyd Austin (left) his nominee to be secretary of defense, in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday. Photograph: Hilary Swift/The New York Times

US president-elect Joe Biden has staunchly defended his choice to lead the Pentagon, amid signs of significant backlash from Democrats and Republicans(...)

Then US vice-president Joe Biden with Lloyd Austin, whom he has chosen to be his defence secretary, in April 2009. Photograph: Stan Gilliland/EPA

Joe Biden’s intention to nominate Lloyd Austin as defence secretary – which would make him the first African-American to serve in the role – has run i(...)

A recent tweet by a Chinese government official was ‘utterly outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis’, said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison. Photograph: Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP/File

Canberra has accused Beijing of sharing a “repugnant” and fake image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodstained knife to the throat of an Afghan (...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg: ‘We will continue to provide support to Afghan security forces.’

The Nato mission must remain in Afghanistan despite plans by the United States to pull soldiers out after 19 years of war, as withdrawal would risk th(...)

Afghan security forces cordon off a rocket attack site in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

Several rockets hit residential areas in the early rush hour in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 31(...)

Chief of the Australian Defence Force General Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Afghanistan inquiry. Photograph: Mick Tasikas/EPA.

Australian special forces were allegedly involved in the murder of 39 civilians in Afghanistan and engaged in “blooding”, where commanders made junior(...)

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