US authorities are stepping up their inquiry into whether Moody’s inflated ratings on mortgage derivatives

US authorities are stepping up their probe into whether Moody’s inflated ratings on mortgage derivatives to win business in the lead-up to the financi(...)

US attorney general Eric Holder has announced that  criminal charges have been brought against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters.

The US government has unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City.Evgen(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, who defended the absence of a high-ranking American leader. Photograph: Rick Wilking/AFP/Getty Images

The Obama White House made the rare move of admitting a mistake by saying that it should have sent a senior leader to join with the heads of 40 count(...)

A crime scene investigator examines the scene after two New York Police officers were shot dead in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday. The officers were shot and killed as they sat in a marked squad car in Brooklyn  New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said. Photograph: Reuters

A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers in what officials called an “assassination“. The incident occurred hours after a warning on socia(...)

An  undated handout file photo provided by the FBI of  Adnan Shukrijumah. The Pakistan military issued a statement saying he  was killed in a raid in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area. Photograph: FBI

Pakistani soldiers have killed a top al-Qaeda operative who was charged in the United States for his alleged involvement in a plot to bomb New York’s (...)

Demonstrators march through Washington following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the choke-hold death of Eric Garner. Photograph: Reuters

The sign over the Department of Justice in Washington reads: “The place of justice is a hallowed place.” For protesters circling the building, the Ame(...)

St Louis Rams players hold their hands in the air  in a gesture of solidarity with protesters over the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Photograph: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The repercussions from last week’s grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer over the August 9th shooting of an unarmed black teena(...)

Policemen extinguish a fire burning a police vehicle near the Ferguson City Hall, in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA. 1:06

The police officer involved in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has said he has a clean conscience over the incident. Darr(...)

A building  damaged during a demonstration    in Missouri. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Images of blazing buildings and burning cars strewn on Ferguson’s streets and a “Seasons Greetings” banner hanging above heavily armed riot police enc(...)

Eric Holder: he will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed, the justice department said. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Eric Holder, the first black US attorney general and one of President Barack Obama’s closest allies, is to step down after a contentious term marked (...)