US Republican senator Marco Rubio: highlighted age difference between Hillary Clinton and him. Photograph: Hans Deryk/Reuters

Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, has attacked Hillary Clinton, saying she would be a flawed “20th century candidate” for the presidency(...)

Hillary Rodham Clinton signs copies of her book “Hard Choices” at Bookends Bookstore earlier this month in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Bloomberg estimates that the potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election earned $12 million since leaving her post at the State Department in February 2013. Photograph: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, according to an analysis of data compiled by Bloomber(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: her family’s back-story of financial struggle and her attacks on Wall Street interests have drawn interest far outside her home state.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

One female Democratic politician is stirring the masses in the US and it’s not Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Warren, the senator and former Harvard law p(...)

Like our two glorious former presidents, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald has all the trappings of power and choice and autonomy, yet she has none of them. No woman is immune from our State’s desire to tell her what to do with her body, even when she is the head of that State. There is no escape from our obsession with ovaries, no matter whose ovaries they are. 
Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There’s something about Mary. And Bridget. And Ciara. And Katie. And Ngozi. There’s something about these women. There’s something about all women in (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel faces two challenges: to demand political clarification and intelligence concessions from US president Barack Obama, and to control a domestic political chorus that has built to a shrill crescendo. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

A thunder storm caused a power outage in parts of Berlin yesterday, but the outrage over a German double agent has generated enough heat and light (...)

Jesselyn Radack, former US Justice Department ethics attorney turned whistleblower and Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA turned whistleblower testifying at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany on Friday in Berlin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence’s apparent contact with a German man arrested last week (...)

Badge of honour: supporters of Hillary Clinton are preparing for a presidential run. Photograph: Astrid Riecken/MCT via Getty

Hillary Clinton insists that she has yet to decide if she’ll run for the presidency in 2016 but her campaign has been hard at work for months, raising(...)

Martha Stewart at a recent EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards event in Monaco. Photograph: studio.phenix

Amid the furore, Martha Stewart is calm. Her hosts most definitely are not. I’ve just asked the woman who, to a worldwide TV audience, is a dom(...)

Volunteers in the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shia city of Najaf, Iraq, yesterday. Photograph: Jaber al-Helo/AP

US president Barack Obama has said the US plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help halt the advance of radical Islamic fighters but (...)

Smoke rises from the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012,  following an attack in which US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Photograph: Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori

The United States has captured the man it suspects was the ringleader of the attack on the country’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September 201(...)