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A rocky ride: US-Iranian relations since 1979

There are no formal diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America.

There are no formal diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America.

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Will wrestling beat the Trump travel ban?

US wrestlers say they plan to be at next month's World Cup in Iran despite Tehran's claim that it is banning US visitors. The freestyle team's participation had been in doubt, given the fallout from T

US wrestlers say they plan to be at next month's World Cup in Iran despite Tehran's claim that it is banning US visitors. The freestyle team's participation had been in doubt, given the fallout from T

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Eritrean president describes Hollande and Merkel as 'mentally disturbed'

He specifically took jibes at French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart, Angela Merkel. Afwerki described both leaders as being mentally disturbed and that they were among those wh

He specifically took jibes at French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart, Angela Merkel. Afwerki described both leaders as being mentally disturbed and that they were among those wh

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Trump: standoff with Mexico over border wall tax

Mexico's foreign minister warns the proposed levy will only hurt US consumers. It comes as President Enrique Pena Nieto calls off a trip to Washington to meet US president Donald Trump.

Mexico's foreign minister warns the proposed levy will only hurt US consumers. It comes as President Enrique Pena Nieto calls off a trip to Washington to meet US president Donald Trump.

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Sanctions against Russia must stay - Biden

The outgoing US Vice President has urged the world to stand up to what he has described as "coercion and aggression" from Moscow over Ukraine

The outgoing US Vice President has urged the world to stand up to what he has described as "coercion and aggression" from Moscow over Ukraine

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War of words as Kosovo stops 'provocative' Serbian train

Serbia recalled its train - decked out in nationalist colours - to Belgrade after Kosovo police blocked its entry into the country.

Serbia recalled its train - decked out in nationalist colours - to Belgrade after Kosovo police blocked its entry into the country.

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Russia slams US decision to blacklist five senior officials

Moscow has slammed a move by the White House to blacklist five senior Russian officials, describing it as an additional step in the degradation of relations under President…

Moscow has slammed a move by the White House to blacklist five senior Russian officials, describing it as an additional step in the degradation of relations under President…

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US sanctions top Russian investigator

The US has blacklisted Russia’s top investigator, Alexander Bastrykin, along with four others, for human rights offences Officials said the sanctions were not linked to US hacking allegations but to t

The US has blacklisted Russia’s top investigator, Alexander Bastrykin, along with four others, for human rights offences Officials said the sanctions were not linked to US hacking allegations but to t

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North Korea's weapons capabilities "serious threat" - Washington

The US has described North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities as a “serious threat” and that it is prepared to shoot down any missiles coming towards its…

The US has described North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities as a “serious threat” and that it is prepared to shoot down any missiles coming towards its…

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Secret film prompts calls to probe Israeli influence on UK

MPs want an inquiry after an Israeli official was secretly filmed saying he wanted to 'take down' a minister critical of Israel.

MPs want an inquiry after an Israeli official was secretly filmed saying he wanted to 'take down' a minister critical of Israel.

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Fallout continues after UK envoy quits

Brussels is still reeling from the British ambassador’s to the EU’s shock resignation on Tuesday.

Brussels is still reeling from the British ambassador’s to the EU’s shock resignation on Tuesday.

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Trump takes to Twitter to talk tough on North Korea

The North Korean leader said on Sunday that his nation was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile

The North Korean leader said on Sunday that his nation was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile

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Expelled Russian diplomats arrive back in Moscow

A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats and their families, who have been expelled by order of President Barack Obama, has arrived back in Moscow.

A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats and their families, who have been expelled by order of President Barack Obama, has arrived back in Moscow.

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Putin: Russia 'will not expel anyone' in US diplomatic row

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called for tit-for-tat retaliation against Washington by declaring 35 US diplomats 'persona non grata'.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called for tit-for-tat retaliation against Washington by declaring 35 US diplomats 'persona non grata'.

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Israel's PM slams US Secretary of State's speech

Israel's prime minister has denounced a speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry which said settlement building is holding back peace.

Israel's prime minister has denounced a speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry which said settlement building is holding back peace.

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Israel's Netanyahu summons diplomats over UN Resolution

Israel summoned diplomats of 10 of the 14 nations which voted for last week’s UN Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Israel summoned diplomats of 10 of the 14 nations which voted for last week’s UN Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Obama "vows retaliation" against Russia

The US president says Washington will take action against Moscow over claims of its involvement in the country's recent presidential election.

The US president says Washington will take action against Moscow over claims of its involvement in the country's recent presidential election.

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Kerry accuses Assad of 'massacre' in Aleppo

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accusing President Bashar al Assad and his forces of ''carrying out nothing short of a massacre'' in the city.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accusing President Bashar al Assad and his forces of ''carrying out nothing short of a massacre'' in the city.

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South China Sea: Beijing defiant over weapons deployment claims

Beijing has reacted defiantly to claims that it appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South Ch

Beijing has reacted defiantly to claims that it appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South Ch

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China voices 'serious concern' over Trump Taiwan stance

Beijing expressed “serious concern” on Monday after American President-elect Donald Trump said the US did not necessarily have to stick to its long-held stance that Taiwan is part of “one…

Beijing expressed “serious concern” on Monday after American President-elect Donald Trump said the US did not necessarily have to stick to its long-held stance that Taiwan is part of “one…

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Boris Johnson defiant in Saudi Arabia

The UK's foreign secretary has reiterated his country's close ties with Riyadh, days after making comments widely interpreted as critical of the conservative Gulf state.

The UK's foreign secretary has reiterated his country's close ties with Riyadh, days after making comments widely interpreted as critical of the conservative Gulf state.