John Kerry: “The use of any chemical weapons . . . is against international law”

The United States is looking into reports that Islamic State fighters used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces, US secretary of state John Kerr(...)

A couple embrace at the foot of the War Memorial as people pay their respects, in Ottawa where Cpl Nathan Cirillo was shot and later died from his injuries on Wednesday. Photograph: Cole Burston/EPA  4:09

The gunman in Wednesday’s attack on Canada’s capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after unde(...)

Prime minister Stephen Harper and members of parliament applaud Kevin Vickers, sergeant-at-arms, during the reopening of parliament in Ottawa yesterday. Photograph: Jason Ransom/PMO via Getty Images 3:00

Canada’s prime minister pledged yesterday to push for increased surveillance and detention powers for the police and intelligence services, the day af(...)

Local residents watch smoke from an explosion rising over the Syrian city of Kobani as they watch the apparent US-led coalition’s airstrike against IS positions in the border region. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Air strikes by US-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks(...)

Security in Canada’s capital came under criticism yesterday after a gunman was able to run through the unlocked front door of the main parliament building and get close to prime minister Stephen Harper before being taken down in a flurry of gunfire. Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters 3:00

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed (...)

President  Obama launched the last July 4th holiday at the office of technology start-up hub 1776. Photograph: Martin H Simon-Pool/Getty Images

Name a Washington DC-based start-up accelerator “1776” and people will think, “I see what you did there.”Washington is, of course, the US capital, and(...)

Turkish Kurds show the victory sign during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in  Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic (...)

Supporters of Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia, at an election  rally in Slimania, south of Tunis, on Tuesday. Leaders of Ennahda say they overestimated the power of democracy alone to tame violent extremism. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring revolt, Tunisia remains its lone success as chaos engulfs much of the region. But that is not its only dist(...)

People watch an explosion after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Kobani, Syria. Islamic State militants have released a video claiming they have a US airdrop bundle of weapons in their posession. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

The Pentagon has said the vast majority of military supplies air dropped near the Syrian city of Kobani reached the Kurdish fighters they were intende(...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)