The White House said president Barack Obama ordered the raid that killed the Islamic State figure, identified as Abu Sayyaf. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images

American special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader who helped direct the group’s oil, gas and financial operations during a raid (...)

Some of US president Barack Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters.

Some of US president Barack Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified comp(...)

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert  covers a wound to his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute after he was injured in an attack by an armed assailant. Photograph: Yonhap/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

North Korea has described a knife attack that left the US ambassador in Seoul with an 11cm-long facial wound as “just punishment” for joint US-South K(...)

An aerial view of flooded streets of the National Park in Kuala Tahan, Pahang. Northern states of Malaysia have been hit by the Southeast Asian nation’s worst floods in decades. Photograph: Nazirul Roselan/Reuters

The number of people evacuated due to Malaysia’s worst-ever floods jumped to more than 160,000 on Saturday, as prime minister Najib Razak visted one o(...)

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
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  • 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(...)