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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: AP

President Donald Trump’s decision to halt US funding to the World Health Organisation has triggered heavy criticism at home and abroad for depriving t(...)

Donald Trump may have started the process of undermining the multilateral order and its key institutions, but it is half-hearted support by member states at this time of crisis, not the institutions themselves , which is hobbling it. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/ Reuters

Since the global coronavirus outbreak, the powerful 15-member UN Security Council has yet to meet. Largely, diplomats suggest, because of a stand-off (...)

A CureVac office in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Armando Babano/EPA

The main shareholder of a German company developing a vaccine for coronavirus has dismissed a buy-up approach by the US government. CureVac, a biotec(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on the shooting in Hanau at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

Angela Merkel has said the murder of nine people in a shooting rampage by a suspected rightwing extremist has revealed the “poison” of racism and hate(...)

 A truck passing through the town of Jindayris  in  Syria’s Aleppo province.  Displaced Syrians are fleeing from advancing government forces in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Photograph:   Rami al Sayed/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that he told his Russian counterpart that attacks in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region must (...)

German foreign minister Heiko Maas  meets Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. Photograph:  German foreign ministry handout via Reuters

A Libyan military commander waging an offensive to capture the capital Tripoli is committed to a ceasefire, Germany said on Thursday, in an apparent (...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Leipzig on Thursday. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

At the headquarters of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union, a massive red acronym – CDU – stands in the first-floor atrium. Until Thursday, th(...)

Roger Hallam is under fire for remarks he made on the Holocaust. File photograph: Andres Pantoja/SOPA Images, via Getty Images

Extinction Rebellion has distanced itself from its co-founder Roger Hallam after he made controversial remarks about the Holocaust. In an interview w(...)

A lorry at the Border town of Carrickcarnon has a slogan marked on it during a protest by anti-Brexit campaigners Borders Against Brexit. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/|Reuters

Three short Latin words float around in the subconscious of Irish politics: quid pro quo. If you write and talk about Brexit, the question will always(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

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