Draft legislation is expected as soon as this week. Image: Thinkstock

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would allow judges to require technology companies such as Apple to he(...)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was among the possible candidates President Barack Obama was considering appointing to the US Supreme Court, before ruling himself out. Photograph: Steve Keegan/Reuters

Democrats have called on Republicans to do their job and hold hearings to consider US president Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the l(...)

 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(...)