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Syrians refugees flee their homes in Idlib. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened imminent action in the region if Damascus fails to withdraw. Photograph: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Hemmed against a border wall in Somme-like mud and misery, nearly a million Syrians are awaiting their fate. Nearby, Iranian-backed militias and what (...)

Police personnel patrol near the Taj Mahal in Agra. Photograph: Pawan Sharma/AFP via Getty

Indian paramilitary personnel, armed with catapults, are being deployed around the 17th-century Taj Mahal to protect US president Donald Trump and his(...)

 Benjamin Netanyahu: “Jerusalem is being connected and constructed. We are connecting all parts of Jerusalem; I have lifted all restrictions.” Photograph: Debbie Hill/Reuters

Palestinians have reacted angrily to the Israeli decision to build more homes in east Jerusalem, linking it directly to US president Donald Trump’s Mi(...)

 “Haitches” are a particular source of anxiety in England. Even in these phonetically egalitarian days, the dropping of H-bombs on BBC can still trigger would-be champions of the Queen’s English. Photograph: Thoth Adan/IStock

As revealed on her Twitter account, the British Labour MP Jess Phillips received a ticking off this week for something she said in a BBC interview. (...)

Oliver Callely was standing on a balcony overlooking a crowded smoking area when he lit the firework which took off and got stuck between a man’s arm and body.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The son of former politician Ivor Callely has been ordered to perform community service in lieu of a prison sentence for lighting a firework in Copper(...)

US soldiers look out over hillsides  at the Afghan National Army  checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province in June 2019. Photograph:  Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty Images

The United States and the Taliban will sign an agreement on February 29th at the end of a week long period of violence reduction in Afghanistan, US s(...)

The cargo ship MV Alta on rocks near the village of Ballycotton, Co Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/AFP

THE MV ALTA – DISCOVERED BY A JOGGER NEAR BALLYCOTTON LAST WEEK – WASHED UP IN CORK AFTER A 17-MONTH CREWLESS ATLANTIC VOYAGE A winter afternoon(...)

Director Bong Joon Ho poses with his Oscars. US president Donald Trump scorned the best picture  award for Bong’s film Parasite, asking how a South Korean film could win. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty

US president Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the historic best picture Oscar win for South Korean film Parasite, telling a campaign rally he wished(...)

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said the coronavirus outbreak could be a “big negative” for the business in 2020 if it continued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kingspan has a €750 million war chest to fund the acquisition of rivals, according to Gene Murtagh, the Irish insulation maker’s chief executive. Th(...)

Workers from a disinfection service company sanitize a street in front of a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony where a woman known as “Patient 31” attended a service in Daegu, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/Reuters

The coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in Chinese prisons, authorities said on Friday, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the e(...)

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