The targeting by Monday’s Bangkok bomber of a site much frequented by tourists had ominous echoes of the deadly attack in June on Sousse in Tunis and (...)

Jeb Bush has declined to rule out the US resuming the use of torture – with the Republican presidential hopeful saying brutal questioning methods might be justifiable. Photograph: Bloomberg

Jeb Bush has declined to rule out the US resuming the use of torture – with the Republican presidential hopeful saying brutal questioning methods migh(...)

Jeremy Corbyn during a rally in London earlier this month. Photograph:  EPA/ANDY RAIN

The British parties with most to lose if Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership are the Scottish Nationalists and the Greens. Labour voters deserted(...)

‘The president descended from the mountain for half an hour on Thursday evening, materialising at Nationals Park to schmooze with Democrats and Republicans at the annual congressional baseball game.’ Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images

On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the television Western The Rifleman. Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors’s widowe(...)

US army trainers watch as an Iraqi recruit fires at a military base in Taji, Iraq.They are teaching members of the Iraqi Army, as the Iraqi government tries to recover territory lost to IS last year. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, according to reports.A source in Iraq (...)

The wreckage of a car destroyed in a blast is seen near the Central Hotel after a suicide attack in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu February 20th, 2015. Photograph: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

The death toll from a suicide attack at a hotel in the Somali capital yesterday has risen to 25 and 40 wounded, the Somali government said. A statemen(...)

  Swedish artist Lars Vilks is seen at his home in Nyhamnslage, Sweden in this file image from 2012. Photograph: AFP

Lars Vilks has long known he is a prime target. He lives with a daily threat to his life and plans his activities with precision, placing huge emphasi(...)

Men celebrate the Houthi’s intention to dissolve Yemen’s parliament. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

The Houthi rebels who forced Yemen’s president and cabinet to step down last month have announced that they intended to dissolve parliament and take (...)

A woman looks at television screens displaying a news report  about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.  IS militants said on Saturday  they had killed Mr Goto. Photograph: Reuters

US president Barack Obama has led worldwide condemnation of the killing of a Japanese journalist by Islamic State (IS) militants, calling it a “heinou(...)

Midi Libre cited a local prosecutor as confirming the arrests in Montpellier and Beziers.

Four men have appeared in a French court - the first to face charges related to the Paris terror attacks that left 20 people dead, including three gun(...)