President Barack Obama addresses US soldiers about his strategy to fight the Islamic State at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, yesterday. Photograph: Brian Blanco/EPA

US president Barack Obama has insisted that his strategy to destroy Islamic State (IS) fighters would not involve sending US armed forces into anothe(...)

Obama’s legacy of war
  • US
  • September 12, 2014, 01:00

President Barack Obama, who came to office promising to end his predecessor George W Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this week ensured that he to(...)

US president Barack Obama  is expected to tell Americans in a TV address   “it will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will tell Americans shortly that America aims to lead what he will call a “broad coalition” in a “steady, relentless effort”(...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ordered a series of legal reforms in 2007 that were partly aimed at making the justice system more transparent and predictable, but they have only been introduced slowly. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

Saudi Arabia has executed four men for possession of hashish, domestic media reported, taking to 17 the number of people put to death in the Islamic(...)

File photograph of detainees held  in the US military prison for “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo Bay. Of the 143 prisoners still detained there, 71 are approved for transfer. Photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images

The Pentagon has told members of the US Congress it plans to transfer six prisoners at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention camp to Uruguay, the(...)

Jeh Johnson, US secretary of Homeland Security, said he directed the Transportation Security Administration to implement the measures in the coming days. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/EPA

The United States said today it would increase security at overseas airports with non-stop flights to the country and US officials cited concerns al-Q(...)

In the 15 years since a global treaty prohibiting land mines took effect, the use and production of these weapons has nearly stopped, new casualties have plummeted, and more than two dozen countries once contaminated by land mines buried since old wars have removed them, said the report by the group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Photograph: Luc Forsyth/Getty Images

Despite the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed uprising in Ukraine and turmoil in other hot spots in the Middle East and Africa, one (...)

A divorced, deadbeat dad, played by Colin Firth, fakes his own death and hooks up with Emily Blunt’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl for an all-American road t(...)

At least 120 people were killed in northern Yemen in fighting between Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces yesterday. Yemen has been in turmoil since 2011, when mass protests forced long-ruling president Ali Abdullah Saleh (above) to step down. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters.

At least 120 people were killed in northern Yemen in fighting between Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces before a ceasefire was agree(...)

Courtroom deputy Joseph Pecorino (right) reads the verdict alongside Judge Katherine Forrest (background) and Abu Hamza al-Masri (left), the radical Islamist cleric facing U.S. terrorism charges. Photograph: Reuters

The fiery British cleric who prosecutors said had “devoted his life to violent jihad” and had dispatched young men around the world to train and fight(...)