Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces, consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-Syrian government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters rest and drink tea before heading to  the front line in the battle against  Islamic State in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh on July 13th. Photograph: Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s reclusive leader has empowered his inner circle of deputies as well as regional commanders in Syria and Iraq with wide-ranging authori(...)

Requests by governments for Twitter to hand over data on specific users rose by 40 per cent and came from more than 50 countries

Twitter on Monday released its twice-yearly transparency report, showing a surge in government requests for users’ Twitter information. The report, wh(...)

Engineers at Palantir Technologies, surrounded by multiple monitors and interesting personal decor, at the company offices in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

Palantir Technologies will not help you share, message, pin, post or chat. It does not exist to make you more social or connected, or even to help adv(...)

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth. “It is essential that the mass atrocities being committed in Syria be a parallel focus of any diplomatic effort,” he said in Berlin. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Human Rights Watch yesterday deplored what it called the failure of international powers to intervene in Syria, saying the desire to bring Bashar al A(...)

An advertisement thanking NSA leaker Edward Snowden appears on the side of a Metrobus in downtown Washington, last month. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

The National Security Agency is tracking the location and movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones outside the United States in an effort t(...)

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany, inc(...)

Journalist Glenn Greenwald (L) walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro’s International Airport today. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

British officials gave their US counterparts a “heads up” before detaining the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by fugitive(...)

Bolivian President Evo Morales waves from his plane before leaving the Vienna International Airport today: Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Heads of state in the South American bloc Unasur today strenuously rejected the diversion of Bolivian president Evo Morales’s aircract in Europe due t(...)

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secrecy group Wiklileaks. Photograph: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/The Guardian.

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former US security contractor, has sought asylum in a host of countries, including Ireland, according to the anti-secr(...)

Gen Keith Alexander walks to a closed door US Senate intelligence committee meeting in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The director of the National Security Agency told the US Congress on Wednesday that “dozens” of terrorism threats had been halted by the agency’s huge(...)