Iraqi security forces take up position with their weapons during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Diyala province. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State militants killed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe’s opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, securit(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: accused by a US source as only interested “in protecting himself from political defeat”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netan(...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

Ukrainian cadets after assembling yesterday by a monument for victims of the Nazi massacre in Babiy Yar in Kiev. The country is marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from the Nazis. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko

Kiev and Washington have denounced Sunday’s planned elections in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as Russia defied the West by saying it would recognise(...)

Activists protest against planned trade pacts, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Ceta (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with the US and Canada, in Berlin earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

American cars have bigger bumpers than European ones. That may sound like a trivial detail but it, and others like it, have big ramifications for dipl(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said elections being organised by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’ would be recognised. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ukraine today condemned as “destructive and provocative” Russia’s stance towards elections organised by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ne(...)

Europe’s banking health check has shown countries and lenders are implementing global capital rules at vastly different speeds, and 36 companies would(...)

You can get a sense of the ideology at work in some of the documents produced by House Republicans under the leadership of Paul Ryan. Photograph: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: public projects, from the Erie canal to the interstat(...)

Notices from well-wishers are seen on the fence of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School yesterday in Marysville, Washington. Jaylen Fryberg shot five students at the high school’s cafeteria, injuring three, killing two and then killing himself on Friday. Photograph: Getty

A 14-year-old girl wounded in the Washington state high school shooting has died, raising the number of fatalities from the gun rampage to three. Dr (...)

Members of a crew  wearing personal protective equipment  after cleaning the apartment where Dr. Craig Spencer lives in New York yesterday. New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries. Photograph: Reuters

A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward (...)