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US President Donald Trump, flanked by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, meets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

I was having dinner here once with a Saudi muck-a-muck. Midway through the interview, he passed an oblong velvet box across the table. Inside I found (...)

Nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11 when other airplanes were flown into New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon

US president Donald Trump led tributes to the thousands of victims who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, as America h(...)

US president Donald Trump has defended his decision to strip the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan. Photograph: Reuters

US president Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former (...)

Jennifer Musa photographed in 2005. The one-time nurse from Co Kerry was the poverty-hit province’s first female MP, once ran an ice-factory and defied local traditions by refusing to cover her head with a veil. Photograph: AFP

Kerry nurse Jennifer Musa became a widely loved peacemaker in Balochistan, now one of the four provinces of Pakistan. She promoted women’s rights in t(...)

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017)

Oscar-winning producer Lili Fini Zanuck has clearly put the hours in on this candid biographical portrait of Eric Clapton. Contemporary fans may be a (...)

A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa in 2014. FIle photograph: Reuters

‘World View’ is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from ‘The Irish Times’. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. Is Is(...)

Crackdown: Mohammed bin Salman has consolidated power. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty

No one doubted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was a man in a hurry. But the Saudi royal’s decision to arrest 11 princes, four ministers and doz(...)

Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters are searched at a security screening centre near Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 1st. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Its de facto capital is falling. Its territory has shrivelled from the size of Portugal to a handful of outposts. Its surviving leaders are on the run(...)

An Afghan man inspects the site of a suicide attack followed by a clash between Afghan forces and insurgents after an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, last Friday. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/ Reuters
The US extends its longest war

‘Never invade Afghanistan. ” Harold Macmillan regarded this as the first rule of politics, and President Donald Trump has now discovered just how intr(...)

US president Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Nato allies on Tuesday welcomed US president Donald Trump’s decision to commit more forces to Afghanistan, as part of a new US strategy he said would (...)

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