US secretary of state John Kerry stands with dignitaries as a US marine raises the US flag over the newly-reopened embassy in Havana. Photograph: AFP Photo/Pablo Martinez 0:50

Watched over by US secretary of state John Kerry, US marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday,(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

Despite the US and Cuba opening their embassies, the move doesn’t end the US trade embargo against Cuba. Photograph: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EPA 0:59

The Cuban flag was raised over Havana’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time in 54 years as the United States and Cuba formally restored(...)

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION

‘I’m the commander, see,” George Bush insisted in 2003.”I don’t need to explain – I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting th(...)

Omar Khadr smiles at his lawyer Dennis Edney as he answers questions during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters 1:28

Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was once the youngest prisoner held on terror charges at Guantanamo Bay, was released on bail from an Alberta prison Thursd(...)

Mourners chant anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans beside the bier of assassinated Houthi media official Abdul-Karim al-Khiwani in Sana’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

US president Barack Obama, in selling his military strategy to beat Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria in September to the American public, held(...)

UN human rights experts have been asking to visit Guantanamo since 2004. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A UN torture investigator accused the United States on Wednesday of stalling on his requests to visit its prisons where 80,000 people are in solitary (...)

James (Jim) Cullen, Friends of Sinn Féin chairman and president. Photograph: Simon Carswell

James Cullen first became interested in Northern Ireland and the Troubles when he visited in 1969 during a leave of absence from the US army while (...)

Detained: a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay. Photograph: Petty Officer 1st Class Shane T McCoy/US Navy/Getty

Of the 780 “unprivileged enemy belligerents” who, at one time or another, have found themselves detained at Guantánamo Bay, 122 remain. A handful of t(...)

 Australian former convicted terrorist and former detainee at Guantanamo Bay David Hicks speaks at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Nikki Short/EPA

An Australian former Guantanamo Bay detainee has claimed after a US military appeals court threw out his conviction on a terrorism charge that he wa(...)