Former Tory MP   Douglas Carswell (right) with Ukip leader Nigel Farage, after he announced  his defection to Ukip yesterday.  Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron has come under pressure to toughen his EU reform demands, following yesterday’s shock defection by a Conservative(...)

Douglas Carswell being interviewed in Westminster after announcing he is switching from the Conservative party to UKIP. Photograph: Getty

British prime minister David Cameron suffered an unexpected setback today when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party resigned and defected (...)

Photograph of a cake shaped like the White House together with sparklers burning and the US and British flags, as tweeted by the the British embassy in Washington.

The incident was not as incendiary as the original but the decision by British diplomats in Washington to mark the 200th anniversary of the torchin(...)

Course of action: US president Barack Obama golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, at the weekend. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

Fore! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and ded(...)

Murdoch and the politicians
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Stories in this book make the reader take a sharp intake of breath. Stories of tabloid excess, of bribery and hacking, of bullying and illegality. One(...)

Kurdish peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

US air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq continued as intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic worked to identify the Bri(...)

First minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, smiles during the last first ministers questions before September 18th independence referendum.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what (...)

James Foley: the journalist came from an Irish-American family in Rochester, New Hampshire. Photograph: AP Photo/Steven Senne, File 1:10

UK intelligence agencies are seeking the identity of the masked man with an English accent who was filmed beheading US journalist James Foley in Syr(...)

 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(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond:  failed to secure ‘devolution max’ option on independence referendum ballot paper. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Some Scots want independence and nothing less. Before the referendum campaign started, however, the majority would have settled for running more of(...)