An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

File photograph of detainees held  in the US military prison for “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo Bay. Of the 143 prisoners still detained there, 71 are approved for transfer. Photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images

The Pentagon has told members of the US Congress it plans to transfer six prisoners at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention camp to Uruguay, the(...)

The coffin of Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, is carried to St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, for his funeral on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gerry Conlon was a “victorious human being” who “defeated a mighty foe”, his solicitor and friend Gareth Peirce told mourners at his funeral Mass in S(...)

 Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group F preliminary round match between Argentina and Iran. Photograph: Ballesteros/Epa

Diego Maradona has criticised the “Fifa mafia” following the decision by the game’s global governing body to impose a four-month ban on Luis Suarez f(...)

Afghan police investigate the site of a suicide attack which saw two bombs exploded outside a hotel in western Kabul where Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah was holding a rally. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

Two bombs exploded outside a hotel in western Kabul where Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah was holding a rally, striking his car and (...)

Signs of support with images of US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl are displayed outside Zaney’s coffee shop in Hailey, Idaho. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Files/Reuters.

Bowe Bergdahl’s home town has abruptly cancelled plans for a welcome back celebration amid security fears over the prospect of big crowds - for and ag(...)

A screengrab from a Taliban video showing the  handover of Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl to the American military close to the Afghan border with Pakistan. 1:53

The Taliban today released a 17-minute video showing the handover of Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl to the American military close to the Afghan border with P(...)

US Army Private Bowe Bergdahl watches as one of his captors display his identity tag to the camera at an unknown location in Afghanistan in this July 19, 2009 file still image taken from video. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama today defended the deal to get US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions that have emerged about the(...)

Jani Bergdahl makes a statement about the release of her son Sgt Bowe Bergdahl as her husband Bob Bergdahl and president Barack Obama listen  in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC last night. Photograph: Getty

The last US prisoner of war held in Afghanistan was handed over to US Special Operations forces last night, in a dramatic swap for five Taliban detai(...)

Mark Thomas: ‘After you die do you really want people to say: he paid his mortgage on time and, by golly, he advertised bread?’

One morning recently at 5am, Mark Thomas and his friend Tracy were pasting posters over the top of estate agents’ signs. “The posters just said(...)