Security in Canada’s capital came under criticism yesterday after a gunman was able to run through the unlocked front door of the main parliament building and get close to prime minister Stephen Harper before being taken down in a flurry of gunfire. Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters 0:54

A masked gunman who killed a soldier at Canada’s war memorial and stormed parliament before being shot dead by the ceremonial sergeant-at-arms was an (...)

US President Barack Obama awards Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP photo

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry were among those to pay tribute to renowned former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a l(...)

Turkish Kurds show the victory sign during the funeral of Kurdish fighters killed during clashes against Islamic State in  Kobani, at a cemetery in the southeastern town of Suruc. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic (...)

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in a handout photograph released earlier this year. He was released by North Korea yesterday after being arrested in May for leaving a bible in a sailor’s club. Photograph: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration “repeated requests” from US preside(...)

US President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House, a fixed annual privilege granted to no other world leader.  Photograph: Chris Kleponis/ Reuters

‘Hello,” I said. “My name is Conor O’Clery. I am the international business editor of The Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland’s leading newspaper, calli(...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, 1971. Bradlee, stamped in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era, died yesterday. He was 93. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Tributes were paid last night to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a lion of American journalism, on his death at the age of 93.Mr Bradlee famously (...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, June 17th, 1971. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died on(...)

US president Barack Obama receives his ballot paper as he takes part in early voting in the Senate midterm elections at a polling station in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

On Monday, Barack Obama went home to Chicago to vote. “I love voting,” he said as he cast his ballot early for the upcoming November 4th midterm el(...)

The medical team who treated Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola, (from left) Marta Mora, Marta Arsuaga, José Ramon Arribas and Fernando de la Calle, arrive for a press conference at the Hospital Carlos III in Madrid today. Photograph: Luca Piergiovanni/EPA

The United States has imposed restrictions on all travellers entering from the three west African countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak, proc(...)

For a deal to be struck with Iran, US president Barack Obama must navigate three sets of negotiations. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters
Obama Iran deal could skirt Congress
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  • October 20, 2014, 17:48

No one knows if United States president Barack Obama’s administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consid(...)