A man puts up a poster calling on Crimea residents to vote in favour of the Ukrainian peninsular joining the Russian federation, at a highway outside of Simferopol today. The poster reads, ‘Together with Russia. March 16 - referendum’. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Russian responses to US proposals to end the Ukraine crisis do not create the environment for a diplomatic resolution, the United States said (...)

A courtroom artist’s sketch shows convicted mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in federal court during the first of two days of his sentencing hearing in Boston, Massachusetts yesterday. Bulger was handed two consecutive life sentences plus five years in prison for his crimes today. image: Jane Collins/Reuters

Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (84) faces spending the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus (...)

Republicans in the House of Representatives offered a plan today that would postpone a possible US default and urged US president Barack Obama to nego(...)

President Obama is expected to meet congressional leaders after the Senate votes on the Bill, which could come as late as Sunday

The White House and Senate Democratic leader have refused to bow to a Republican demand to strip US president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law (...)

US officials will be watching next week’s visit to the UN general assembly closely for signs that Iranian president Hasan Rouhani (above) will warm relations with the West and take a more moderate line in the next negotiations on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Iranian president Hasan Rouhani has claimed his country will never seek a nuclear bomb.He spoke to US television network NBC News in Tehran just days(...)

Four F16 jets are due to be delivered to Egypt in the coming weeks with another eight due to be delivered in December. The jets, built by Lockheed Martin, are part of a package of 20 F-16s, of which eight have already been delivered. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The United States still plans to go through with the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, US officials have confirmed, des(...)

Incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney may not have the immediate tools at hand to provide a monetary stimulus even if he wants to. Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

Mark Carney’s arrival at the Bank of England this morning is as much of an event at Westminster as it is two miles away in the City; few appointments (...)

Supporters of president-elect Nicolas Maduro celebrate in Caracas late last night.  Photograph: Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

The White House said today that auditing Venezuela's close election that was narrowly won by Nicholas Maduro, the late socialist leader Hugo Ch(...)