President Barack Obama walks down the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base after returning from a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany. Photograph: AP/Susan Walsh

Barack Obama is in the final months of his presidency and keen to justify his domestic and international achievements before he leaves office. His fin(...)

The wrecked Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Afghanistan’s northern city of Kunduz after an attack by a US aircraft. Photograph:  Najim Rahim/AFP/Getty Images

Mistakes by the crew flying an AC-130 gunship, compounded by equipment and procedural failures, led to the devastating attack on a Médecins Sans Front(...)

A March 2014 photograph made available this week, shows asylum seekers at the  Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photograph: Eoin Blackwell/EPA

Lawyers for 850 asylum seekers held in a controversial detention centre in Papua New Guinea said on Friday they planned to seek potentially billions o(...)

Followers of Iraqi Shia   cleric, politician and militia leader, Moqtada al-Sadr,  protesting  outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone last week. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

With tens of thousands of protesters marching in the streets of Baghdad to demand changes in government, Iraq’s Shia prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, (...)

An Afghan army tank  at an outpost in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Sixteen US military personnel  have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in the province. File photograph: Stringer/Reuters

Sixteen US military personnel, including one general officer, have been disciplined for mistakes that led to the bombing of a civilian hospital in Afg(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace speaks in the Dáil on his visit to refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.

Independent TD Mick Wallace broke down in the Dáil while talking about a recent meeting with refugees in Calais and Dunkirk in France. Mr Wallace, w(...)

Iraqi government forces under Islamic State slogans, in the town of Heet, which they are battling to retake from Isis jihadists. Photograph: Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a diverse, fast-growing organisation with an expanding bureaucracy. Integrating its well-educated, multilingual workforce is a major headache, bu(...)

US writer Marilynne Robinson. File photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson has reaffirmed her admiration for US president Barack Obama but expressed some reservations abo(...)

Liga Legzdina, a native Latvian who converted to Islam, on a bus in a suburb of the capital Riga. The government in Latvia is working on proposed legislation that would ban face-covering veils worn by Muslim women from public spaces. Photograph: Reinis Hofmanis/The New York Times

With her niqab, a face-covering Islamic veil that reveals just the wearer’s eyes, Liga Legzdina stands out amid pine trees, grasslands and wood-panell(...)

Pakistani and Afghan migrants protest against  deportation to Turkey inside the Moria detention centre in Mytilen, Greece. Photograph:  Aris Messinisaris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Some Syrians in Turkey will reach Europe safely through the controversial one-returned, one-forwarded agreement drawn up by Ankara and the European Un(...)