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President Obama holding a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office

US-Gulf summit: Saudi King 'snubs' President Obama over his perceived inattention to the region

Last-minute failure to attend White House meeting bodes ill for the gathering, with tensions expected over the Iran nuclear deal and calls for a defence treaty

The Vatican has recognised Palestine as a state

Vatican recognises Palestine as state in treaty

The treaty is the first legal document between the two

Data showing the worldwide homicide rate

Murder map shows where in the world you are most likely to be a victim of homicide

Countries in Latin America top the list

The Pirate Party is now the biggest in Iceland according to Icelandic researchers MMR

Pirate Party surges in polls to become biggest political party in Iceland

Results come as the ruling Independence party slips into a close second place

Which country would be hardest to invade?

It's terrain vs firepower as some of Quora's users provide their answers

Barack Obama with Shinzo Abe at the White House, accompanied by Michelle Obama and Mr Abe’s wife, Akie

Shinzo Abe speech to Congress: Japan's PM faces diplomatic balancing act over his country's ties with the US, China and South Korea

Many in the Obama administration fear Mr Abe could damage US interests and worsen already frayed ties with Asian neighbours following Japanese attempts to whitewash its role in World War Two

President Obama at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala on April 25 2015 in Washington.

Russian hack of President Obama's emails worse than previously admitted

No classified networks are currently believed to have been compromised in an attack that took place March 2014.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the head of UN Women and former deputy president of South Africa

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence

The total weight of the world’s e-waste for 2014 is 41.8 million tons

Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report

Very little of the discarded electrical equipment, which includes gold and silver, is being recycled - and Britain is among the worst offenders

Hollow victory: David Cameron in Benghazi in 2011 after Gaddafi’s downfall

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

World View: Tony Blair is still pilloried for the decisions he took over Iraq. David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has accused Argentina of bullying

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accuses Argentina of bullying over lawsuit against drilling firms

Argentina has launched a lawsuit against Falkland Island drilling firms

Daniel Craig appointed UN Ambassador: Ban Ki Moon gives 007 actor 'license to save' as global advocate for the elimination of mines

"I am the eighth secretary-general, so I am 008. This means I have given him that mandate to save," the UN secretary general said

Boko Haram released a video of the kidnapped schoolgirls last year, where they appeared reasonably fit and well in a wooded location, followed by a rant from the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau (AFP)

One year on from Chibok girl kidnappings, UN identifies 19 countries where sexual abuse of both boys and girls has become a way of life

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the abduction of the schoolgirls was 'one of the most alarming episodes' of sexual violence last year

Kevin Baugh, president of Molossia, in Nevada, USA

MicroCon 2015: Dictators of the world unite at world summit of micronations - countries too small to count

Micronations have their own flags and national anthems, and even met for a world summit last week. It’s just that they’re not recognised – by the UN or the Eurovision Song Contest. Simon Usborne talks to their indefatigable leaders

A RC-135 Reconnaissance plane.

Russian fighter jet 'intercepts' US Air Force reconnaissance plane over Baltic Sea

The US slammed the move as 'unsafe'

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Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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On your feet!

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