Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photograph: Reuters/US Navy

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a devel(...)

Displaced Sunni people fleeing the violence in Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad. Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Rival powers and allies have traded barbs and accusations over the recent successes of Islamic State, a week after the militant group seized Ramadi (...)

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senator Lindsey Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has become the latest Republican to join the party’s fast-growing field of presidential candidates. Mr (...)

Bruce Schneier, chief security officer at Resilient Bruce Schneier, chief security officer at security company Resilient, says the Sony attack, believed to be carried out by North Korea, exposed many of the major risks related to hacking.

Last year’s massive cyberattack on Sony – presumed to have been a nation state attack orchestrated by North Korea – presents many of the most pressing(...)

Hillary Clinton meets and greets supporters after a discussion at Whitney Brothers in Keene, New Hampshire, on Monday. New Hampshire will be the first to hold a presidential primary. Photograph: The New York Times

The event is beautifully staged: the owner of the business and six employees sit around as Hillary Rodham Clinton fields questions and shares her view(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin speaks with Fifa president Sepp Blatter  during their meeting at the Olympic Park in Sochi on Monday. Photo: Alexei Druginyn/EPA

With just over three years to go until Russia hosts the World Cup, western sanctions and the weakened rouble are taking their toll on preparations, as(...)

Cuban president Raúl Castro shakes hands with US president Barack Obama during a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of state John Kerry has defended US president Barack Obama on two fiercely contested foreign policy fronts: Cuba and Iran. Mr Kerry s(...)

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

US senator Ted Cruz  with his wife Heidi Nelson Cruz and children at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, after announcing his intention to run for president. Cruz’s wacko status is precisely  his appeal.  Photograph: Jay Paul/Bloomberg

Liberals, political reporters and people who revel in the general recurrent ridiculousness of American politics could not hide their delight in the ir(...)

Tussles between US legislators and their president over who has ultimate control over US foreign policy have been leitmotifs of many administrations. (...)