• Published on 25 May 2017 Sections

    The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta was hit by a twin suicide attack that killed three police officers and injured 11 other people yesterday. In recent years Indonesia has seen a resurgence of such attacks by Islamic State sympathizers. These bombings mark the deadliest attack in a year in the country with the biggest Muslim population…

  • Published on 25 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK, United States

    Amid leaks of information relating to the Manchester attacks, we discuss what might be done with Michael Scheuer the former chief of the CIA’s Bin Laden tracking unit. And with Hugh Orde, the former President of the Association of Chief Police Officers who spent nearly a decade as Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable.

  • Published on 25 May 2017 Sections Politics, UK, United States

    The police themselves have been angered by the behaviour of their US colleagues after yet more information from the Manchester investigation was leaked to the American media. Speaking at the Nato summit in Brussels, President Trump promised to prosecute whoever was responsible. That’s before he chastised an assembled group of Nato leaders for not paying…

  • Published on 25 May 2017 Sections

    NATO members scolded by Trump

    President Trump didn’t deliver the endorsement of Article 5 of the NATO founding treaty which some hoped he would. He gave the leaders a public dressing down for not paying their way in NATO and even suggested that continuing terrorism should be on their consciences if they don’t cough up.

  • Published on 25 May 2017 Sections UK

    Government loses appeal after refusing to resettle stranded Cyprus refugees

    Appeal judges have ruled Theresa May acted unlawfully in refusing to resettle six refugee families who’ve been stranded on a British military base in Cyprus for the past 19 years.

  • Published on 25 May 2017 Sections UK, United States

    What can Nato get from Donald Trump’s first visit?

    One defence expert tells me that the US Defence secretary and the US Secretary of State have effectively been quietly coaching Nato members and senior officials in how to handle their boss.

  • Published on 24 May 2017 Sections United States

    It was probably not exactly a meeting of minds. The leader of the western world – a climate change agnostic and a builder of walls – and the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics – an environmentalist and a man who welcomes migrants. And, while President Trump said they’d had “a fantastic meeting”, the Pope’s…

  • Published on 24 May 2017 Sections Libya

    Salman Abedi’s older brother, Ismael, is still being questioned by police after being arrested in Chorlton, Manchester, yesterday. But his parents and other family members are now living back in Libya. Today his younger brother, Hashem, was arrested in Tripoli on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State group and his father has also…

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections United States

    The Republican strategist and Trump supporter, Scottie Nell Hughes, and the writer-at-large for New York Magazine, Andrew Sullivan, debate Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, his first foreign visit since becoming President.

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections

    It was meant to be a trip focused on Middle East security, as Donald Trump arrived in Israel claiming a rare opportunity to create a future of harmony and peace. But almost inevitably, his visit was overshadowed by controversy, as the President insisted he had “never mentioned the word or name Israel” during his Oval…

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections UK

    Theresa May U-turns on the biggest policy in her manifesto, but tries to pretend it was all part of the plan. Strong and stable or weak and wobbly?

  • Published on 20 May 2017 Sections

    President Rouhani didn’t want it, the police didn’t want it: But joy erupted onto the streets tonight celebrating. His decisive win is a confirmation of what he has begun, and has now promised to continue: his progressive moderate path.

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections Iran

    Ali Shihabi, the executive director of the Arabia Foundation, and Dr Sanam Vakil, associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, on President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and how hardliners in Iran are using fear of him to galvanise opposition to President Rouhani.

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections Iran

    Dr Mohammed Marandi, professor of American studies at Tehran University, on Iranian/US relations and his country’s role in Syria’s civil war.

  • Published on 19 May 2017 Sections Iran

    The future of Iran’s influence in the region will be shaped by what happens here today, as voters go to the polls to elect a new President. When you ask them, people on the street here see that attack in Syria as simply another hostile act by the United States against Iran. But it would…