Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe reacts during a news conference at an election night event at the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters in Tokyo. Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters

Japan’s right-wing government has won a two-thirds majority victory in a snap general election that swept aside the largely unprepared and divided op(...)

Outgoing US defence secretary Chuck Hagel: reported to have resigned under pressure from a White House eager to project more assertive responses.  Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, president Barack Obama’s defence secretary, has stood down after less than two years in the job in a sign of increased unease at the W(...)

People react while watching President Barack Obama outlining his executive actions on immigration in a televised address at Casa de Maryland in Hyattsville, Maryland, last night. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times 2:05

President Barack Obama’s bold executive actions last night, helping five million long-term illegal migrants in the US, are a sticking plaster compared(...)

Wake up and smell the bourbon: President Obama talks to journalists at the White House the day after the midterms. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

On January 3rd, 2008, Barack Obama scored a surprise victory, coming from behind to win the Iowa caucus in the race to become the Democratic presid(...)

US President Barack Obama awards Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP photo

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry were among those to pay tribute to renowned former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a l(...)

The current German government is pursuing economic policies that allowed the Nazis come to power in the 1930s, Siptu president Jack O’Connor said. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The present German government is pursuing economic policies which allowed the Nazis to come to power in the 1930s, Siptu president Jack O’Connor has s(...)

Kurdish protesters wave Lebanese and Kurdish flags and carry the image of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), during a demonstration against Islamic State (IS) insurgent attacks on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, in Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Kurdistan Workers‘ Party (PKK) has accused the Turkish military of violating a ceasefire agreed under a two-year-old peace process after the milit(...)

Pro-democracy activists eat dinner in the streets outside Hong Kong’s government complex yesterday. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Hong Kong was braced for further protests today after the government cancelled talks with democracy activists, saying the students’ demand for univer(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled the European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team, which mus(...)

Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phones during a campaign to kick off the Occupy Central civil disobedience event in front of the financial Central district in Hong Kong yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

China’s parliament said it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for 2017 elections in Hong Kong, dashing hopes of greater democracy and r(...)