Dutch police said today they were questioning a 14-year-old girl in connection with an apparent threat she sent to American Airlines via Twitter over the weekend. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Dutch police said today they were questioning a 14-year-old girl in connection with an apparent threat she sent to American Airlines via Twitte(...)

US president Barack Obama with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, as secretary of state John Kerry looks on, after their arrival in Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia, yesterday.  Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal demo(...)

Mother Pelagia Sayyaf arrives in Damascus yesterday after her release.

Thirteen Greek Orthodox nuns and their three maids, held in captivity for more than three months by a Syrian rebel group affiliated to al-Qaeda(...)

An Iraqi soldier uses a binoculars at a checkpoint in Ein Tamarm, a town some 40 km west of Kerbala. Families fled violence in the Iraqi cities of Falluja and Ramadi with many arriving in the predominantly Shi’ite town of Kerbala, 86 km  south of Falluja. Photograph: Mushtaq Muhammed/Reuters

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and rebel groups including al-Qaeda was reported near Falluja yesterday, 24 hours after the United States agreed (...)

J Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya, in 2011. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

A boyish-looking US diplomat was meeting for the first time with the Islamist leaders of eastern Libya’s most formidable militias. It was September 9t(...)

Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks to Afghan delegates during the Loya Jirga, a traditional forum dealing with significant decisions affecting the whole country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: EPA

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has reluctantly urged his countrymen to let US forces stay on in the country for another decade, saying that altho(...)

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany, inc(...)

Site of a car bomb in Baghdad’s al-Shaab district yesterday. Ten car bombs exploded in the province, killing 42 people. Photograph: Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani

A series of car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city killed at least 62 people across Iraq yesterday(...)

File photo: Rescue workers in Nairobi, Kenya sift through rubble to find survivors trapped in the remains of Ufundi house which collapsed when a huge bomb went off August 7th, 1998. Senior al Qaeda figure Anas al-Liby, indicted by the United States for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in East Africa, was captured  overnight in Libya by a US team. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters.

US special forces have struck out against Islamic extremists who carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa, snatching a Libyan al-Qaeda leader alle(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rests next to his weapons in al-Swaika district in Aleppo at the weekend. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Rebel groups in Syria’s north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to an anti-government campaign that had stalle(...)

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