US president Barack Obama speaks about Benghazi during a visit to Pittsburgh today. The United States said it had captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Libya. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

An elite American interrogation team will question a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya followin(...)

In September 2009, Romell Broom’s execution was stopped by Ohio’s governor after an execution team tried for two hours to find a suitable vein. Broom (...)

The Yasukuni Shrine’s Shinto priests prepare for its annual spring festival in Tokyo today. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Conservative politicians in Japan have infuriated China and South Korea by visiting the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, on the eve of a fenc(...)

‘When it comes to double-talk, however, there is no contest. Putin is never going to be a match for Obama at talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.’ Above, Vladimir Putin addresses the  audience during a rally and a concert called “We are together” to support the annexation of  Crimea, on March 18th. The words in the background read, “Crimea is in my heart”. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Vladimir Putin may run a vicious regime but the people of Crimea have a right to be accepted as Russian if that’s what they want, which evident(...)

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt was involved in an operation to take charge of a seized tanker Morning Glory which fled with a cargo of oil from a Libyan port earlier this month. Photograph: Lt Juan David Guerra/US Navy handout via Reuters.

The US has taken control of a stateless oil tanker seized earlier in the month by Libyan rebels, the Pentagon says. Navy Seals boarded th(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes told the IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels that under new proposals, he would not be able to take complaints from Irish citizens about companies with their main establishment elsewhere. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner would no longer be able to take complaints from Irish citizens about companies such as mobile phone providers whic(...)

Chinese vice-president Li Yuanchao and US vice-president Joe Biden listen to their national anthems during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Reuters

Relations with China need to be based on trust, US vice-president Joe Biden said as he emerged from a meeting with president Xi Jinping, with neither (...)

US president Barack Obama has tried to ease the biggest crisis of his presidency, acknowledging missteps with his signature healthcare law. Photograph:  Michael Francis McElroy/Getty Images.

US president Barack Obama has tried to ease the biggest crisis of his presidency, acknowledging missteps with his signature healthcare law and announc(...)

John Kerry, US secretary of state, speaks at an investment summit in Washington, today.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

US secretary of state John Kerry will visit Egypt a day before deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi goes on trial. The Monday court case is the ne(...)

US and European regulators have ordered Dutch lender Rabobank to pay €774 million ($1.07 billion) in penalties over the Libor scandal. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg.

US and European regulators have ordered Dutch lender Rabobank to pay €774 million ($1.07 billion) to settle allegations that it aided a scheme to rig(...)