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Damaged aid trucks after Monday’s night’s attack near Urum al-Kubra in Aleppo province, Syria. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

The United Nations suspended aid convoys into Syria a day after an air strike hit relief trucks, leaving diplomats scrambling to maintain a US-Russian(...)

US Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz  at Rio de Janiero’s Galeo International airport early on Thursday after they had been  removed from their flight departing for the United States by Brazilian authorities. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Brazilian police are considering charging a group of US Olympic swimmers with vandalism and giving false testimony, Rio’s police chief said on Thursda(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)

Jabhat al-Nusra  leader Mohammed al-Golani in an undated photograph released online on Thursday to announce a video message that the militant group is changing its name and  will have no more ties with al-Qaeda. Photograph via  AP

Al-Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, has announced it is ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin(...)

Relatives of a Bangladeshi police officer who was killed during a bloody siege carry his coffin during a memorial service in Dhaka on July 4th, 2016. Photograph: Erto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh police sought more information on Monday from friends and family of the men suspected of carrying out a deadly attack on a restaurant in t(...)

A Red Crescent aid worker inspects scattered medical supplies after an airstrike on a medical depot in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria on April 30th, 2016. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The United States is working on “specific initiatives” to reduce the violence in Syria and sees stopping the bloodshed in Aleppo as a top priority, a(...)

Relatives of those killed in Sunday’s car bomb in Ankara mourn in front of forensic medicine institution in Ankara on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Turkish warplanes struck against Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq on Monday after 37 people were killed in an Ankara car bombing that security (...)

Ugandan voters who were unable to vote on Thursday because of delays in delivering polling materials queue outside a polling stations in Kampala on Friday. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Police on Friday arrested Uganda’s main opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and fired teargas at his supporters as early results from the presidential (...)

A protester wearing a mask of missing bookseller Lee Bo sits in a cage during a protest against the disappearances of booksellers in Hong Kong, on January 10th. Photograph:  Vincent Yu/AP

China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday its law enforcement officials would never do anything illegal, especially not overseas, after the United Sta(...)

President Barack Obama meeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House last September. The relationship between the countries has become increasingly strained, but the US seems a long way from abandoning it. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bri(...)

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