Gary Hart is also meeting with representatives from the UK and Irish governments on his visit across the Atlantic. Photograph: Reuters

A former US senator tasked by Washington to assess the state of the peace process in Northern Ireland has met politicians in Belfast.Gary Hart, a two-(...)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, make breakfast at Bajed Kadal refugee camp, southwest of Dohuk province. Photograph:  Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Iraqis who fled the advance of Islamic State (Isis) militants by climbing a mountain near the Syrian border remain st(...)

Train wagons are seen on the destroyed railway bridge which collapsed during the fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists, over a main road leading to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photograph: Reuters

Further violence in Ukraine marks a dangerous escalation, but there is no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion, a top UN official(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

The image tweeted by the British Embassy in Washington.

The British Embassy in Washington has issued an apology after Twitter users complained about it posting a picture of a cake decorated with sparklers (...)

The beheading of American journalist James Foley is only the latest in a catalogue of atrocities perpetrated by the Sunni militants of the Islamic Sta(...)

 Demonstrators protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday over the shooting dead of Michael Brown  by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. Russian media has devoted much attention to the heavy-handed reaction of American police to the Ferguson riots and the authorities’ failure to quell the unrest. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

As the United States embarked on what is likely to be a long period of soul-searching over the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri, Russia has weighed(...)

Peshmerga fighters at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, which Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured with the help of US air strikes. Photograph: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

For weeks, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, has watched United States military engagement in Iraq with quiet unease: Democrats and Republicans warily b(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, who said Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iraqi Shia militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-co(...)

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq . Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Iraqi Shia militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque today, killing dozens of people just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-com(...)