Republican presidential candidates  Jeb Bush, senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump  at the CBS debate in the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republican White House hopefuls have called for US president Barack Obama to step aside and allow his successor to nominate the next Supreme Court jus(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry has said he would like to see the United Kingdom remain part of the European Union. Ahead of talks between EU leade(...)

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev delivers a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Saturday.  Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/Reuters

Russia is in a new Cold War with the US and its allies, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has said. Speaking at a security conferece in Munich on Satur(...)

Iraqi troops stand guard at the entrance of the Nineveh base for liberation operations in Makhmur, about 280 kilometres (175 miles) north of the capital Baghdad. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s military is mobilising troops to prepare for an offensive the government has pledged to launch this year to retake the northern city of Mosul f(...)

A protester holds a sign reading in Czech “Stop Islam and stop Merkel”, during an anti-Islam rally in front of Prague Castle. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

In a secluded guesthouse beside a forest near the Czech town of Jihlava, a delicate experiment is under way. This is a temporary home for some of the(...)

The Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate near Kilis. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Abdo Shakh quietly sips tea in the corner of a house just north of the Oncupinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border. He is one of hundreds of resi(...)

Armed police on horseback patrol Marhaba beach in June where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The far-reaching tentacles of the Islamic State terror machine are impossible to miss when browsing the travel advice section of the Department of For(...)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: “If we negotiate, it does not mean that we stop fighting terrorism”. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Bashar al-Assad has dealt a swift blow to international efforts to secure a ceasefire, deliver aid and promote a negotiated solution to the war in Sy(...)

Pope Francis in conversation with head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis arrived in Havana on Friday to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nearly 1,000 years after eastern orthodoxy split with Rome, m(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry  in Munich. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

The Munich agreement reached early on Friday by 17 countries belonging to the Syria support group specified that immediate humanitarian access is to b(...)