Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the agencyadmitted, and conditions of confinement were harsher than it claimed.The agen(...)

A man, who identified himself as Luke Somers, speaks in this still image taken from video purportedly published by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Screengrab: Reuters

The United States on Thursday publicly disclosed a failed attempt last month to rescue a US citizen held hostage by al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, and the g(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu: accused by a US source as only interested “in protecting himself from political defeat”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netan(...)

For a deal to be struck with Iran, US president Barack Obama must navigate three sets of negotiations. Photograph: Mike Theiler/Reuters
Obama Iran deal could skirt Congress
  • US
  • October 20, 2014, 17:48

No one knows if United States president Barack Obama’s administration will manage in the next five weeks to strike what many in the White House consid(...)

US defence officials have said they failed in an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley (pictured) and other hostages in Syria earlier in the summer. Mr Foley was subsequently executed by the Islamic State group, which was documented in a video posted online by them.  Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters. 0:45

A secret nighttime military mission authorised by US president Barack Obama to rescue Americans held captive in Syria failed early this summer when a (...)

 An undated handout photograph provided by GlobalPost oshows American journalist James Foley who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in  Syria. The Islamic State (IS) militia released a video on 20 August 2014 purporting to show the decapitation of Foley. Photograph:  Nicole Tung / Courtesy of Global/EPA 1:10

US president Barack Obama has said the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants “shocked the conscience of the entire w(...)

 Pro-Russian supporters march during a rally in Odessa, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov/EPA

Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed for(...)

China urged the US to cancel today’s planned meeting  between US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama at the White House. The meeting would cause ‘serious damage’ to ties between the two countries and amount to interference in China’s domestic affairs, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. Photograph: Christopher Jue/EPA
Obama holds meeting with Dalai Lama
  • US
  • February 21, 2014, 21:01

President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama at the White House today, provoking a sharp rebuke from the Chinese government. But this time, i(...)

China has urged the US to cancel a planned meeting  between president Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama at the White House. The meeting would cause ‘serious damage’ to ties between the two countries, China’s foreign ministry said.  Photograph: EPA/Christopher Jue.

China has urged the United States to scrap plans for president Barack Obama to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama later today,(...)

Thai police officers assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok today. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters.

Three people were killed and dozens wounded when gun battles broke out as Thai authorities made their most determined ef(...)