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(...)

Thai rice farmers face with army soldiers during their rally at a temporary office for the cabinet of caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA.

Hundreds of unpaid Thai rice farmers swarmed around the temporary office of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra today, threatening to storm the (...)

 Protesters clash with riot police during their protest in  Kiev, Ukraine last night. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital overnight after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves(...)

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gestures to his supporters as he marches during a rally at a major business district in Bangkok today. Photograph: Kerek Wongsa/Reuters.

Anti-government protesters have resumed marches in Bangkok in an attempt to to energise supporters before a planned mass rally at the weekend to put(...)