Mal Whitfield (right) of the USA beats Arthur Wint of Jamaica to win the 800 metres at the 1948 London Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images.

Between winning 800m golds at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, Mal Whitfield was a master sergeant in the US Air Force. He flew 27 combat mission(...)

Syrian migrants and refugees on their way through Turkey. In the absence of a safe zone inside Syria, Turkey may be unable to prevent refugees from entering, and subsequently exiting to Europe. Photograph: AFP Photo/Bulent kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s recent intervention in the Syrian Civil War has further complicated what was already the most complex conflict of this century. It is likely (...)

Air Force Blue ridden by Ryan Moore (right) wins the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/PA

Air Force Blue’s superb Dewhurst Stakes success on Saturday was a 13th Group 1 success in 2015 for Aidan O’Brien and the champion trainer’s reach is (...)

Senator Edward Kennedy giving a news conference about an immigration bill in Washington on May 16th, 2007. A new book about the late politician by his youngest son has provoked strife within the Kennedy family. Photograph: Jamie Rose/The New York Times

The real-life American soap opera that is The Kennedys continued this week with the latest episode being a very public row between immediate family me(...)

 Ryan Moore  is reunited with Air Force Blue for the Dewhurst clash at Newmarket today. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Those who like head-to-head clashes of the superpower variety are in for a Dubai Dewhurst Stakes treat as Coolmore and Godolphin’s top classic hopes f(...)

Kunduz Hospital: Two days before the second  attack, Russian aircraft bombed targets in Syria. The US claimed irresponsible targeting had resulted in civilians being killed.

Asked on Monday whether the US had decided to reject referral of the bombing of the hospital at Kunduz to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Stat(...)

 Aidan O’Brien: trainer’s dual-Group One winner Air Force Blue will attempt to secure  a fourth Dewhurst victory and cement his position as favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The scene is set for an intriguing superpower clash between Air Force Blue and Emotionless at Newmarket this Saturday which could well identify Europ(...)

Footage released by Russia’s defence ministry shows airstrikes carried out by the country’s air force in Syria. Photograph: Reuters

Nato ambassadors told Russia to halt its incursions into the airspace of Turkey, a member of the alliance, saying the violations were both extremely d(...)

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (right) stands as the national anthem is sung during a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

The new leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party faced heavy criticism on Wednesday for remaining silent while the national anthem was sung at a r(...)

Joseph O’Brien on Order of St George romps home to win the Irish St Leger at the Curragh as part of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore Stud put a triple-Group 1 Curragh seal on a stunning ‘Irish Champions Weekend’ dividend for Irish racing’s dominant team. O(...)