US officials are expected to formally identify North Korea as being behind  the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

US president Barack Obama said Sony made a mistake in cancelling the release of its film The Interview under threat make by hackers in North Korea. “W(...)

Surely the exploding costs of Obamacare would lead to vast amounts of red ink, right? Well, no. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The great American Ebola freak-out of 2014 seems to be over. The disease is still ravaging Africa, and as with any epidemic, there’s always a risk of (...)

It’s as much about leading by example as any commitments they have made. Indeed there are no new binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the dea(...)

Solex by Mobiky Electric Bike The love child of French bike companies Solex and Mobiky, this is claimed to be the simplest folding electric bi(...)

US president Barack Obama holds a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington today after Republicans seized control of the US Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.

US president Barack Obama tonight acknowledged that “Republicans had a good night” with sweeping election victories in Congress and said he got a clea(...)

A health worker in protective gear carries empty blood sample kits at the Bong County Ebola treatment center in Suakoko, Liberia. US health officials have revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning from West Africa. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/NYT

Australia has imposed a visa ban on countries affected by Ebola while the US military has started isolating soldiers returning from a response mission(...)

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(...)