Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi: ordered his country’s security forces not to abandon their positions in Anbar province to the militants. Photograph: EPA/Alaa Al-Shemaree

A purported message from the Islamic State group yesterday claims it holds entire city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces fled. The message came after Iraq’(...)

An aerial view of a parched landscape in San Diego. College campuses, golf courses and other industrial and recreational facilities, as well as homeowners, have been ordered to ration water. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

As his state faces the worst drought in its history, with mandatory water rationing for residents and fears that the agricultural sector will be dest(...)

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu looks on as US president Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House  on March 3rd, 2014. The relationship between Israel and the US ‘has never been so terrible as it is today’, according to Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

When US president Barack Obama’s national security adviser sat down with her Israeli counterpart at the White House last week, she upbraided him over (...)

The publication by the US Senate intelligence committee of its devastating 525-page report on the post- 9/11 CIA torture of detainees raises profound (...)

US president Barack Obama  is unlikely to heed external calls for CIA torturers to be held to account and prosecuted.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W Bush era and claims that the agency lie(...)

US president Barack Obama, seen through a teleprompter,  at the White House in Washington yesterday, where he announced new actions to invest in and expand access to high-quality early learning opportunities across the country. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Simon CarswellWashington CorrespondentThe firestorm sparked by the US Senate report into brutal CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects during the George W B(...)

US president Barack Obama  has said the Senate report brought to light a “troubling” CIA programme involving practices that were “contrary to our values”.Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Central Intelligence Agency lied about “brutal” interrogations that amounted to torture in the years after the September 2001 attacks on the Unite(...)

Democratic senator from California Dianne Feinstein speaks to the media outside the Senate chamber after the release of a report on Bush-era CIA torture policies. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The word “torture” is mentioned on 82 of the 525 pages of a US Senate committee’s report into the CIA’s use of torture in interrogations of al-Qaeda s(...)

President Barack Obama. “We tortured some folks,” he said at a White House news conference in August in his most explicit comments about the practices of his predecessor’s administration

The US government and embassies are bracing for a backlash as some of the darker practices in the so-called “war on terror” look set to be cast into a(...)

Peshmerga fighters at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, which Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured with the help of US air strikes. Photograph: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

For weeks, Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, has watched United States military engagement in Iraq with quiet unease: Democrats and Republicans warily b(...)