Arizona Department of Corrections handout showing Joseph Rudolph Wood who was executed by lethal injection in Florence, Arizona. Photograph: Arizona Department of Correction / EPA

The Arizona attorney general has called a temporary halt to executions in the state, a day after convicted killer Joseph Wood died one hour and 57 min(...)

President Barack Obama: “I don’t care if it’s legal – it’s wrong,” he told a California audience. “You don’t get to choose the tax rate you pay. These companies shouldn’t either.” Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has castigated American companies for “gaming the system” by relocating their headquarters to countries such as Ireland w(...)

A drawn-out killing
  • US
  • July 25, 2014, 01:35

Joseph Wood should have taken ten minutes to die by lethal injection in an Arizona prison this week for the double murder 25 years ago of his former (...)

Rebel commander Alexander Khodakovsky of the Vostok Battalion speaks during an interview in Donetsk in this July 8th, 2014 file photo. A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had anti-aircraft missiles of the type Washington says were used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/ Reuters

A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoo(...)

Mourners line the route as hearses carrying bodies of the victims of the MH17 plane crash drive in a convoy from the airbase in Eindhoven to Hilversum in The Netherlands today.  Photograph: Jerry Lampen/EPA 1:49

The bodies of the first victims from a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine last week arrived today at a military base in the Netherlands - a nat(...)

A Malaysian air crash investigator (R) inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Rozsypne, Donetsk . Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev /Reuters 1:16

International inspectors have accused people working at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine of damaging the wreckage and failin(...)

US Republican senator Marco Rubio: highlighted age difference between Hillary Clinton and him. Photograph: Hans Deryk/Reuters

Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, has attacked Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a flawed “20th century candidate” for the presidency(...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)

US president Barack Obama after speaking on the Ukraine situation outside the Oval Office of the White House on Monday. He said it was   time for the Russian leader to “get serious” about trying to resolve the hostilities in Ukraine. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Barack Obama heaped further pressure on Russia on Monday, urging the country’s leader Vladimir Putin to stop Moscow-backed separatists in Uk(...)