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(...)

Queen Elizabeth and Northern Ireland  Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness shake hands, watched by First Minister Peter Robinson, at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, in June 2012. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Queen Elizabeth’s handshake with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness in 2012 had been “the most remarkabl(...)

Hillary Clinton: has told ABC News that she is focusing on promoting her book for the moment and will not make her decision on a 2016 presidential run until later this year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton deflected continued speculation over whether she will run for president in 2016, telling ABC News in an interview yesterday to prom(...)

Whether it’s Miami, the Med or, eh, the banks of the Spree, what books should you pack to read your way into the heart of  your destination?

United States Stoner, John Williams (1965) Reissued in 2003 with an introduction from John McGahern, this forgotten classic relates the exp(...)

Maya Angelou: when asked exactly how many times she had been married she declined to be specific, ’for fear of sounding frivolous’. photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

The writer Maya Angelou, who has died aged 86, won acclaim for her first autobiographical memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), a scathing i(...)