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How art is blooming amid the Gaza wasteland

From film festivals to Shakespeare, the Palestinian enclave is producing top class culture. In this extract from his new book, Donald Macintyre meets some of the strip’s artists A handsome poster of James Barry’s 18th-century painting...Show More Summary

Trump juggernaut rolls on after White House generals avert disaster on Iran deal

Lobbying limited Trump’s decision on Iran, but there are concerns about who else might influence the president – and how Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to renege on the 2015 UN-approved nuclear deal with Iran was roundly condemned on Saturday by friends and foes alike. Show More Summary

Tony Blair: ‘We were wrong to boycott Hamas after its election win’

Former prime minister says international community should have tried to pull militant Islamic faction ‘into a dialogue’ over its refusal to recognise Israel Tony Blair has said for the first time that he and other world leaders wereShow More Summary

Trump’s Iran Policy is More about Rollback Than Nukes; It Will Cause More Failed States – by Joshua Landis

Trump’s Iran Policy is More about Rollback Than Nukes; It Will Cause More Failed States by Joshua Landis Syria Comment – Oct 14, 2017 The renewed US offensive against Iran is not so much about its nuclear capability or even its missile program, it is about Iran rollback and hobbling its economy. Show More Summary

Somalia: deadly truck bombing in Mogadishu

At least 20 people killed in busy district of Somali capital after truck being trailed by security forces exploded At least 20 people have died in Mogadishu after a truck bomb detonated in a busy district of the Somali capital that is home to hotels, shops, restaurants and government offices. Show More Summary

Last Isis fighters in Raqqa seek deal to leave Syrian city

Local official says militants are running out of ammunition after three-month battle and are negotiating to withdraw Islamic State fighters remaining in Raqqa, once the group’s de facto capital, are trying to broker a deal that would...Show More Summary

The 20 photographs of the week

Wildfires in California, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria – the week’s biggest news stories captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...

Trump risks making US rogue actor as he condemns Iran nuclear deal

If the US imposes new restrictions on Tehran, Washington will find itself isolated – and without leverage to limit Iran’s nuclear programme, experts say The content, tone and style of Donald Trump’s speech about Iran on Friday was aShow More Summary

Iran to blame for cyber-attack on MPs' emails – British intelligence

Evidence points to Iran, says unpublished report, after initial suspicion of Russia and North Korea dismissed Iran is being blamed for a cyberattack in June on the email accounts of dozens of MPs, according to an unpublished assessment by British intelligence. Show More Summary

Austrians head to the polls Sunday, and nation appears set to swing to the far right

As Austrians head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government, one main issue dominates the political discourse: concern over migrants. Polls indicate that the Central European country’s new parliament is poised to tip to the far right as voters appear to be heeding the anti-immigrant message...

Scores of civilians flee Syrian city held by Islamic State group

Screams of confusion, of fear, of joy: These are the reactions of civilians escaping the inferno of the Syrian city of Raqqah, once the Islamic State’s de facto Syrian capital and now the target of a furious coalition-backed campaign. The arrivals to a neighborhood held by the U.S.-supported Syrian...

In Lebanon, a rape and murder galvanize anti-Syrian fervor

It was almost dawn in the northern Lebanese hamlet of Miziara when the killer made his way to the young woman’s bedroom. He threatened her with a knife, then bound her with cable ties and raped her before slipping a plastic bag over her head, suffocating her. He cleaned up the room and left. The...

The Guardian view on decertifying the Iran deal: full of sound and fury | Editorial

Trump rampages in rhetoric. But for all his posturing, the Iran deal still stands – just Donald Trump has taken a wild swing at his predecessor’s key foreign policy legacy, the milestone 2015 Iran nuclear accord. By refusing to “certify” Iran’s compliance, Mr Trump has set events on an unpredictable course. Show More Summary

Kurdish and Iraqi troops in Kirkuk standoff amid fears of new violence

Political leaders on both sides try to calm nerves as Iraq’s prime minister insists he has no plans for an attack Kurdish and Iraqi government forces have squared off south of Kirkuk after rushing troops and armour to the oil-rich city two weeks after the country’s Kurds voted for independence from Baghdad. Show More Summary

Israel, Palestine and what a Curzon declaration might have looked like | Letters

Karl Sabbagh, Israel’s UK ambassador Mark Regev, Fred Lowe and Brendan O’Brien respond to Donald Macintyre’s piece on the centenary of the Balfour declaration The Balfour declaration contained two guarantees – a “national home” (notShow More Summary

Trump won't kill off Iran nuclear deal but calls on Congress to stiffen its terms

Policy represents messy compromise which could yet threaten deal’s survival President abandons plan to designate revolutionary guards a terrorist group President Trump has opted not to kill off the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, but has instead invited Congress to put new conditions on US compliance, which could jeopardise its future survival. Show More Summary

'If the land isn't worked, it decays': Tunisia's battle to keep the desert at bay

With social tensions high and unemployment rife, agriculture offers Tunisians a vital lifeline. But as vast swaths of countryside turn to desert, the race is on to ensure there is land left to cultivate The dusty Peugeot rumbles along...Show More Summary

FCA admits meeting Aramco before proposing rule change for $2tn flotation

Regulator has attracted controversy by allegedly seeking to water down rules to lure Saudi oil giant’s IPO to London The chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority has admitted meeting officials from Saudi Aramco before publishing...Show More Summary

Father of disabled Iraqi boy who died in Italy speaks of flaws in migration system

Adan Abdulrahman, 13, who had muscular dystrophy, died in hospital after his family struggled to find accommodation and had to sleep under a bridge The distraught father of a disabled 13-year-old Iraqi boy who died in northern Italy on Sunday has spoken of his anguish at flaws in Europe’s migration system. Show More Summary

Trump to rebuke Iran but won't call for sanctions that threaten nuclear deal

European officials relieved Trump won’t urge reimposition of sanctions US president to declare Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organisation Donald Trump is expected to disavow the Iran nuclear deal in a speech on Friday denouncing...Show More Summary

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