Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February. Photograph: Tommy Trenchard/Reuters

The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital yesterday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the high(...)

Volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against  Sunni militants who have taken over Mosul and other northern provinces, travel in army trucks in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

The insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the northwest of the country today, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid (...)

Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, speaks to NBC News anchor Brian Williams during an NBC Exclusive interview. (NBC News)

US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden told a US television interviewer he would like to go home from asylum in Moscow, but that if necessary he wou(...)

Russian sailors stand guard yesterday on Ukranian ship Ternopol, seized by Russian troops, in Sevastopol. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Ukraine has warned of worrying Russian troop movements near its eastern border, as president Vladimir Putin s(...)

Photos of people reported to have died during clashes in Kiev at a makeshift memorial in the Little Ukraine section of the Manhattan borough of New York. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, ousted after bloody street protests in which demonstrators were shot by police snipers, is wanted f(...)

Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich lock arms during a pro-Yanukovich rally in the eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

The European Union and the United States have pledged strong political and financial support (...)

United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guard South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: James Akena/Reuters.

A mass grave containing some 75 bodies has been found in South Sudan’s Unity State and two other mass graves have been reported in Juba after ethnic (...)

Civilians take shelter at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan  compound on the outskirts of capital Juba. Photograph: Reuters

The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan today that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in (...)

A protester against US spying is escorted by Capitol Police from a hearing yesterday in which US director of national intelligence James Clapper testified on potential changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US and British intelligence services reportedly operate a massive data interception and storage programme involving the email and online storage servi(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius welcomes US secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday at the foreign affairs ministry in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

After a day of bluster and indignation over the scale of US spying on French communications, the government today appeared eager to avoid a confrontat(...)