A voter fills in her ballot as she votes in the US midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters.

Voters in the United States are today casting ballots in midterm elections that could return control of the Senate to Republicans and complicate pres(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the White House. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool/Reuters 2:37

US president Barack Obama unveiled plans early today to expand a month-long campaign of military strikes against radical Muslim fighters from Iraq int(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The belief that the United States is at least partly to blame for Iraq being torn asunder by sectarian conflict in the vacuum that has followed the wi(...)

An elderly Ukrainian man exercises at the Kachalka outdoor gym on the banks of the river Dniper, as Kiev insists it is doing everything possible to avoid harming civilians. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Ukraine has vowed to push on with its bid to crush pro-Moscow rebels in eastern regions, despite fresh calls from Russia to end the increasingly bl(...)

Pro-Russian militants from the ‘Vostok’ (East) arrive to the regional administration building in Donetsk yesterday. Photograph: Jakub Kaminski/EPA

The US expressed new concerns about rising violence in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of a military helicopter by pro-Russian rebels battling (...)

John Kerry spoke yesterday to Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan who, said White House press secretary Jay Carney, welcomed the secretary of state’s offer to send a team to assist his government in the search for the schoolgirls . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA 1:00

The United States government has said that it is preparing to send a team to help the Nigerian government find almost 300 girls kidnapped from their s(...)

People hold signs during a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok in Nigeria. Photograph: Reuters 2:05

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls aged 12 to 15 from a village near one of their strongholds in northeast Nigeria overnight, police an(...)

A Yemeni soldier checks a pickup car at a checkpoint in the country’s capital, Sana, as authorities tighten security measures. Photograph: EPA/Yahya Arhab

United States drones and Yemeni counterterrorism forces killed more than three dozen militants linked to al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen over the wee(...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)

 Pro-Russian protesters  occupy the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, yesterday.  The protesters said they would hold a referendum  on the region’s status, and also asked Russia to ready “peacekeeping troops”, in a scenario reminiscent of the events that led to the annexation of Crimea last month. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian activists in Ukraine’s industrial centre of Donetsk proclaimed their independence from Kiev yesterday and pledged to hold a referendum (...)