South Korean protesters burn an effigy of North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un during a  rally against development of nuclear weapons on January 7th, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The United States called on China on Thursday to end its “business as usual” relationship with its ally North Korea after Pyongyang defied world power(...)

Photograph released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Kim Jong-Un signing a document for a hydrogen bomb test in Pyongyang. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

North Korea drew threats of further sanctions from the UN after claiming to have tested a nuclear bomb on Wednesday The underground explosion trigger(...)

President Barack Obama meeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House last September. The relationship between the countries has become increasingly strained, but the US seems a long way from abandoning it. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The Obama administration on Monday confronted the fundamental contradiction in its increasingly tense relationship with Saudi Arabia. It could not bri(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Photograph: Ramdall Hill/Reuters

None of the inflammatory verbal bombs that businessman Donald Trump has dropped since he declared his presidential candidacy six months ago have damag(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina on Monday. Photograph: Randall Hill/Reuters

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Tuesday likened his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States to second World War po(...)

Turkey will regret “more than once” its shooting down of a Russian bomber jet near the Syrian-Turkish border, Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin called Thursday for a broad international front against terrorism and accused Turkey of trading oil with Islamic Sta(...)

 French president Francois Hollande and US president Barack Obama shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House, November 24th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the United States and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic Sta(...)

President Obama last year criticised US firms for becoming “magically” Irish through takeovers

It’s not us, it’s you. This should be the response to any political criticism directed Ireland’s way as multinationals swap American head-office addre(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with delegates from a number of powers in Vienna for talks on resolving the Syrian conflict. Photograph: US Department of State/EPA.

The US is to send special forces to Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria in a significant shift in Washington’s policy in the 4½-year Syrian c(...)

An image grab taken from footage broadcast on the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) from Wednesday, showing missile launchers in an underground tunnel at an unknown location in Iran. Photograph: AFP

Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage on Wednesday night of an underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which of(...)