Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets supporters during a rally in the eastern city of Kars. Photograph: AFP

Few outside Turkey had heard of Soma before May 13th, 2014. More than 300 coal miners died that day when the shaft they were working in collapsed arou(...)

Hillary Clinton poses with students and teachers after taking part in a roundtable discussing immigration in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

When Hillary Clinton sets out her stall on a major policy issue, her Republican rivals tend to respond quickly and aggressively, such is her perceived(...)

President Barack Obama with Israeli prime minister Binyamin  Netanyahu. The White House has castigated  Netanyahu for comments made on the election stump. Photograph:  Jason Reed/Reuters

It is fair to say that relations between the United States and Israel are at their poorest in decades. Allegations of spying, interference in domestic(...)

JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon is one of the powerful business leaders who has lectured about the so-called ‘skills gap’. Photoraph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Regular readers know that I sometimes mock “very serious people” in other words politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that s(...)

A general view shows the Golden Horn Metro Bridge in Istanbul: Turkey’s largest city racks up a massive 55%  of the country’s total trade production and  35 billionaires – more than Paris, Tokyo or Dubai – have made their homes there.  Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images
Boomtime for cities across Turkey

Even with a president on the warpath and almost two million Syrian refugees weighing the country down, a recent study by the Brookings Institution and(...)

Outside Google’s offices on Barrow Street in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On a grey misty morning in December 2010, I landed at Dublin Airport after a long flight from San Francisco via Heathrow. I was feeling great – the(...)

Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said the US must “walk and chew gum at the same time” in dealing with immediate crises and long-term threats. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has identified Russian aggression and Islamic extremism as concerns but stresses no single threat or region would dominate A(...)

A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul in a video recording posted online on  July 5th.  Photograph: Reuters

When American forces raided a home near Fallujah during the turbulent 2004 offensive against the Iraqi Sunni insurgency, they got the hard-core milita(...)

US president Barack Obama. How the US moves beyond the financial sanctions imposed on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials  is the subject of feverish debate within political circles and foreign policy confabs in Washington. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The biggest foreign policy crisis of the Obama presidency has deepened under the weight of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s ignoring of US sanct(...)

Federal Reserve vice chairman Janet Yellen is sworn in as Federal Reserve chairman by Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo at the Federal Reserve Building today. Chairman Yellen is replacing Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Janet Yellen has been sworn in as chairman of the Federal Reserve, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Her term as chair of the US’ central(...)