Cache of leaked documents obtained by international media contains 11,000 leaked files with 4,600 individual records of Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Reuters

An Algerian-Irish citizen is among thousands of foreign fighters listed among Islamic State recruits in a cache of leaked documents obtained by inter(...)

Iraqi government forces under Islamic State slogans, in the town of Heet, which they are battling to retake from Isis jihadists. Photograph: Moadh Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a diverse, fast-growing organisation with an expanding bureaucracy. Integrating its well-educated, multilingual workforce is a major headache, bu(...)

Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington’s resolve clear not just to Pyongyang, but to the United Nations and other governments

The US Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to toughen sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, a(...)

US director of national intelligence James Clapper during a Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons, the(...)

Officers with the Russian ministry for emergency prepare to unload an airliner with the bodies of victims of a Metrojet Airbus 321-200 that crashed on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, at Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/The New York Times

Investigators have started examining the black boxes from the Russian Metrojet plane that crashed in the Sinai desert, as Egypt warned that there migh(...)

Part of the wreckage of the Airbus A321 that crashed on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Photograph:  Maxim Grigoriev/EPA

A top American intelligence official has said that “no direct evidence” had yet emerged pointing to terrorism being involved in Saturday’s crash of a(...)

A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands guard as a convoy of Ukrainian armed forces as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine has started withdrawing artillery from the frontline of its battle with Russian-backed militants, after a lull in fighting that Washington’s(...)

US citizen Kenneth Bae, accompanied by his sister Terri, speaks to the media during a news conference after he and fellow  prisoner Matthew Todd Miller landed aboard a US air force jet at McChord Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

Two Americans freed from North Korea stepped off a plane into the welcoming arms of family yesterday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking(...)

People carry food packages  in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus yesterday. Yarmouk  is the largest of the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria. Photograph: Sana/EPA

As Syrian peace talks continued in Geneva yesterday, Damascus was criticised by US defence secretary Chuck Hagel for failing to hand over the bulk of (...)

Did US president Barack Obama really not know about the NSA monitoring of world leaders’ phones? And if he didn’t know, what is the point of snooping on allies, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel? Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Democrats and Republicans in the US having similar opinions? Yes, it has come to this. Thanks to the latest batch of revelations about the National Se(...)