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 Lt Gen Aviv Kochavi: Several  Israeli defence officials criticised the fact he commented publicly and not behind closed doors. Photograph:  Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Iran has dismissed comments from Israel’s top general indicating that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are drawing up plans for military action to prev(...)

The White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s announcement but said US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin had discussed the treaty by telephone and agreed that their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5th, when it  expires. File photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/POOL/AFP/ Getty Images

Russia and the United States have struck a deal to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, a move that preserve(...)

US President Joe Biden’s immediate decisions to rejoin the World Heath Organisation and the Paris climate accord are important indicators of his foreign policy. Photograph:  EPA/Ken Cedeno

The strong mutual desire in Europe and the United States to reset transatlantic relations as the Biden administration takes over from Donald Trump set(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/File

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney hopes to travel to Moscow and Tehran as part of the State’s membership of the UN Security Council to press (...)

Iraqi mourners pray over the coffin of a victim  in the twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Thursday which killed 32 and wounded 110. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

The twin suicide bombings in Baghdad on Thursday that killed at least 32 people announced that Islamic State is back in business in Iraq, the country (...)

Iranians  shopping at the Tajrish bazaar in Tehran. Iran desperately needs to end US sanctions in order to access  equipment, medications and vaccines to contain the spread of coronavirus.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Middle Eastern leaders have welcomed the advent of the Biden administration in the US after four destabilising years of its predecessor. The change (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of ‘insulting’ the EU. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

A near-yearlong row about the UK’s refusal to grant full diplomatic status to the EU mission to the UK has worsened, with the leak of a letter reveali(...)

When he formally relinquishes power on Wednesday, Donald Trump will leave behind a country reeling from the devastating fallout from his misrule. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

After four chaotic years, it was the final public act of the Trump presidency that gave us its abiding image. The violent storming of the US Capitol b(...)

Mike Pompeo: said  Iran  has taken over from Afghanistan and Pakistan as al-Qaeda’s   main “sanctuary for the terror group’s senior leaders as they plan attacks against America and our allies”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s accusation that Iran has become al-Qaeda’s home base, which he made in a speech on Tuesday, is intended to undermi(...)

Mike Pompeo:  said  the terrorist designation would give the US “additional tools” to pile pressure on Iran, which has supported Houthi rebels. Photograph:  Tami Chappell/AFP)  via Getty Images

Aid agencies have sharply criticised the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organisation, warning it will(...)

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