Outgoing US defence secretary Chuck Hagel: reported to have resigned under pressure from a White House eager to project more assertive responses.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, president Barack Obama’s defence secretary, has stood down after less than two years in the job in a sign of increased unease at the W(...)

 Capitol police lead away a protestor after he and three others were removed from the Senate Gallery for shouting during a vote on the XL Pipeline in the US Capitol in Washington DC. Photograph: EPA

Republican prospects of increasing their US Senate majority were boosted when a Bill approving the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipe(...)

The real deal: author Rainbow Rowell

There was no fanfare when Eleanor & Park, the second novel by the American author Rainbow Rowell, was published, two years ago. It wasn’t hyped as(...)

South Korean students prepare to take an exam. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

The sight of secondary school students in blue uniforms traipsing through downtown Seoul at 11pm is jarring, but it’s common in the highly competiti(...)

US  assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell (at podium) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announces criminal charges and two global cyber fraud disruptions, Gameover Zeus and Cyrptolocker, at the Department of Justice in Washington.Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

America has revealed more details about the attack by a band of hackers who implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, (...)

Nothing if not prolific, Conor Oberst has spent his entire career recording, collaborating and releasing an impressive volume of music, most famously (...)

Lake Van: there is a train from Tehran to Ankara, in Turkey, the Trans Asia Express which takes two nights and includes a crossing of Lake Van. Photograph: Thinkstock

How would I travel from Kuwait to Cork, avoiding planes, and using ferries, trains and buses? I’m working in Kuwait and hoping to travel in late May. (...)

Run & Jump

The set-up for Steph Green’s subtle, beautifully acted debut feature could easily have taken us somewhere a great deal more troubling. The reliably ma(...)

Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

Dennis McGuire, a murderer and rapist, was executed with an untested combination of drugs by the state of Ohio on January 16th. Photograph: Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections via the New York Times

America Letter: Ohio’s execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire earlier this month with a new two-drug experimental concoction has stirred up(...)