President Barack Obama addresses US soldiers about his strategy to fight the Islamic State at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, yesterday. Photograph: Brian Blanco/EPA

US president Barack Obama has insisted that his strategy to destroy Islamic State (IS) fighters would not involve sending US armed forces into anothe(...)

US football player Ray Rice: video showed him knocking fiancée unconscious with a blow to the head and dragging her out of a lift. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuters

The National Football League (NFL), the professional body governing American Football, has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate how(...)

Baltimore Ravens  terminated Ray Rice’s contract in the wake of video showing him hitting his fiancée Janay Palmer.  Photograph:   Rob Carr/Getty Images

A video showing the former NFL star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée was received by the league five months ago, according to a law enforcement off(...)

Timothy Ray Jones is seen in an undated picture provided by the Smith County Sheriff’s Department in Smith County, Mississippi. Five children between the ages of 2 and 8 were found dead yesterday  near a logging road in Alabama. Photograph: Smith County Sheriff’s Department/Handout/Reuters

A South Carolina man led US authorities to the bodies of his five children in rural Alabama, ending a six-day search that had stretched across the So(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson is proposing a  return to “Big House” politics.Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson is proposing a long-standing solution to the crises that erupt in northern politics – a return to “Big House” politics.(...)

British prime minister David Cameron (left), Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness arrive to speak to members of the media at Stormont, Belfast in  2011. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Peter Robinson spells it out quite bleakly that if there is not a comprehensive attempt to end the current sour and dysfunctional politics in Northern(...)

A lawyer for  Kate Upton has called the leaked photographs “an outrageous violation”. Photograph: Reuters

The FBI and computer giant Apple are investigating the apparent hacking of nude photographs of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other femal(...)

A spokesman for actor Jennifer Lawrence said they would seek to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of her. Photograph: Monica Almeida/ The New York Times

Apple and the FBI are investigating an online hack that led to the posting of hundreds of explicit photos of some of Hollywood’s most famous female st(...)

Peter Theo Curtis, a US writer and journalist, who was reportedly released by a militant group in Syria after nearly two years of captivity. Photograph: EPA

An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said (...)

Demonstrators protest yesterday outside of the Buzz Westfall Justice Centre where a grand jury will begin looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on August 9th. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The investigation into the killing by a police officer of an unarmed Missouri teenager has been thrown into uncertainty with a tussle between the sta(...)