US defence officials have said they failed in an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley (pictured) and other hostages in Syria earlier in the summer. Mr Foley was subsequently executed by the Islamic State group, which was documented in a video posted online by them.  Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters. 0:45

A secret nighttime military mission authorised by US president Barack Obama to rescue Americans held captive in Syria failed early this summer when a (...)

 An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

US diplomat Richard Haass with Meghan O’Sullivan, vice-chairwoman of the Northern Ireland talks. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

US diplomat Dr Richard Haass has warned that parties adopting absolutist positions on parading, flags and the past will prevent a deal being achiev(...)

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin last month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
NSA officials consider Snowden amnesty
  • US
  • December 16, 2013, 16:04

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the (...)

An aerial view taken shows cleaning works at the US embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Euroluftbild.de/Robert Grahn

The US National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone, according to a document published by a Spanish (...)

After a “naming and shaming” exercise by US authorities in February, Chinese hackers stopped their activities but have now renewed them.

Three months after hackers working for a cyberunit of China’s People’s Liberation Army went silent amid evidence that they had stolen data from(...)

A North Korean soldier watches the South Korean side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, north of Seoul today. Photograph:  Lee Jung-hoon/Yonhap/Reuters

South Korea's defense chief has confirmed that North Korea has moved to its east coast a missile with a "considerable" range, but that it was n(...)