Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper today called a parliamentary election for October 19th, kicking off an 11-week campaign likely to focus on a st(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, once dubbed the “climate chancellor”, hoped to revitalise her green credentials by getting the G7 nations to agree specific emissions goals. Photograph: EPA 1:33

Group of Seven leaders agreed on Monday to wean their economies off carbon fuels and supported a global goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, bu(...)

Omar Khadr smiles at his lawyer Dennis Edney as he answers questions during a news conference after being released on bail in Edmonton, Alberta. Photograph: Dan Riedlhuber/Reuters 1:28

Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was once the youngest prisoner held on terror charges at Guantanamo Bay, was released on bail from an Alberta prison Thursd(...)

News photographers and journalists protest against the detention of photojournalist Abou Zeid, also known as “Shawkan”, in front of the Press Syndicate in Cairo on Sunday. “Shawkan” has been held in an Egyptian prison without charge after being detained in August 2013, according to local media. Photograph: Reuters

A Cairo appeals judge has issued a damning appraisal of last year’s trial of three al-Jazeera English journalists, a month after he quashed their con(...)

The new Blackberry Classic smartphone. Samsung recently offered to buy BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market.

Samsung recently offered to buy BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, acco(...)

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper: few of his incremental reforms can be described as radical but taken together, over several years, they have amounted to an astonishingly successful centre-right revolution. Photograph: Ben Nelms/Reuters

According to the website of our new, as yet unnamed, political party, its first founding principle is “the building of an economy that supports entrep(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian prime minister Tony Abbott aboard a boat in front of Sydney Opera House yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Guido Bergmann 1:20

Workers have started to recover the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, as Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin flew home early fr(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin is seen  leaving  Brisbane, after the G20 Summit, in Brisbane, Australia, today. Photograph: EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin today said there was a “good chance” of resolving the conflict in Ukraine as Western leaders squarely blamed Moscow a(...)

The shooting victim’s mother Kathy Cirillo watches members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders carrying the casket of her son, Canadian Corporal Nathan Cirillo, after his regimental funeral service in Hamilton today. Photograph: Warren Toda/EPA 1:51

Thousands of mourners packed a church and lined the streets in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada today for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last wee(...)

Stephen Harper: was later hustled out of the building to a secure location

Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, hid in a storage cupboard while a gun battle ensued in a nearby hallway of the parliament building in Ottawa(...)