CIA director John Brennan, whose own email account was breached by hackers. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

As the world continues to absorb the full impact of the murders of dozens of civilians by Islamic State attackers in Paris, officials on both sides (...)

 Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Western powers want his removal from office as part of a Syrian peace deal. Photograph: EPA/Syrian Arab News Agency

“Assad must go,” is the constant refrain from US president Barack Obama, French president François Hollande, British prime minister David Cameron and (...)

Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Photograph: the New York Times

Ahmed Chalabi, chief proponent of US-enforced regime change in Iraq, died yesterday at the age of 71 in Baghdad, where he headed the Shia fundamentali(...)

Google envisions deploying hundreds of internet-providing balloons in regions where connectivity is low or non-existent. Photograph: Project Loon/YouTube

Google’s internet-beaming balloons are ready to take off on the next phase of the mission to deliver online access in regions where most people live o(...)

Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan: Wikileaks claims that it has obtained his personal emails and was about to make them public. Photograph:  Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks said on Wednesday it would release emails from CIA director John Brennan’s personal AOL account. The account was compromised on Monday by ha(...)

Kian Egan from Westlife: the CIA techniques were probably very successful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

One of the most infamous torture programmes devised by the CIA post-9/11 used a Westlife single to assault the senses of terror suspects. Now the Amer(...)

Afghans donate blood for those injured in Kunduz fighting, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing of a hospital in Kunduz killed 22 people, 12 of them Médecins Sans Frontières staff. Photograph: Hedayatullah Amid/EPA

While the US frequently calls for the transfer of high-profile fugitives into the hands of the International Criminal Court, it has been notable this (...)

Deserted streets and damaged buildings in the central Syrian town of Talbisseh in the Homs province after Russia confirmed that it carried out its first air strike in Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Taha/AFP/Getty Images

The White House warned Russia that its military actions in Syria risk prolonging the four-year-old conflict in the country as the US and Russian milit(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. There have been reports of one prospective politician telling a youth wing meeting of Rutte’s Liberal party that he feared “beheadings” on the streets. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

It should be reassuring for all of Europe when the national counter-terrorism co-ordinator for the Netherlands takes the unusual step of saying public(...)

Lord Alderdice led the Independent Monitoring Commission until 2011.

A former member of the commission which monitored the IRA ceasefire has said recreating the organisation to investigate paramilitary activity would no(...)