Then US senator Barack Obama   greets his grandmother Sarah Obama, at her rural home in Siaya, Kisumu,  Kenya, 365km from Nairobi,  on August 26th,  2006.  Mr Obama is to pay his first visit to Kenya this summer since he was elected president of the United States. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

For years, Kenya has been a political headache for US president Barack Obama and a geopolitical headache for his country. But now in his seventh year (...)

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and Russian president Vladimir Putin cuddle koalas before the start of the first G20 meeting in November 2014. Photograph: Andrew Taylor/G20 Australia/Getty Images

The personal details of world leaders such as US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron, including passport numbers and visa (...)

Jeb Bush: though he is more apt to do his homework, he’s unformed on foreign policy, like his brother – except that his brother was elected before 9/11. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times

James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice-presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Photograph: Uri Lenz/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has warned that the emerging nuclear deal with Iran confirms all Israel’s fears and exceeds them.“Even as me(...)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Liberals, political reporters and people who revel in the general recurrent ridiculousness of American politics could not hide their delight in the ir(...)

Mourners chant anti-US and anti-Israeli slogans beside the bier of assassinated Houthi media official Abdul-Karim al-Khiwani in Sana’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

US president Barack Obama, in selling his military strategy to beat Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria in September to the American public, held(...)

Rival candidates in the Nigerian presidental election, President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and Muhammadu Buhari exchange a signed peace deal in Abuja on Thursday. About 800 people died in post-election violence in 2011 in which Mr Jonathan defeated Mr Buhari. Photograph: EPA/STR

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan warned against violence ahead of Saturday’s presidential election as people stockpiled food, cash and fuel for f(...)

Demonstrators from Friends of the Earth Europe protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

In June 2013. in the final weeks of Ireland’s European Union presidency, the bloc’s 28 member states gave the go-ahead to Brussels to start negotiatin(...)