For nearly two years after Hillary Clinton stepped down from her secretary of state post, the state department was unable to search her emails because they were in her possession, and not on the department’s servers, officials said. Photograph: The New York Times

Hillary Clinton said late on Wednesday that she had asked the state department to release tens of thousands of work-related emails that she sent from (...)

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 MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

Miners dig for diamons in Zimbabwe. As a compact, stable, and transferable store of value, diamonds offer enormous advantages to smugglers, money launderers, and tax evaders. 2:03

In the spring of 2005, Erez Daleyot, a Belgian-Israeli diamond tycoon with some dubious connections, paid a visit to his Swiss bankers at HSBC Private(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

Documentation arising from the investigation of David  Drumm by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement has  been sent to the US authorities.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm faces an expensive legal battle if he decides to fight any attempt to extradite him to Ireland. S(...)

The legislation approving the construction of the $8 billion (€6.7bn) pipeline is expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate where the Bill has 60 co-sponsors. Photograph: Scott Dalton/Bloomberg

US president Barack Obama would veto legislation that approves the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, the White House (...)

Workers transport wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the site of the aircraft crash near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this month. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

It was just what relatives of the 298 passengers and crew who died on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 did not need to hear. Days before Christm(...)

A file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The country is reportedly experiencing serious internet problems amid a row with the US over a hacking incident, with experts saying that online access is ‘totally down’. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters. 1:10

North Korea is experiencing serious internet problems, with experts saying that online access is “totally down”.It is not immediately clear if the int(...)

American pilot says he transported passengers to locations near CIA-run secret prisons. Photograph: David Burnett/Pool via The New York Times

Secret US military flights that refuelled in Shannon during America’s “war on terror” were never checked at the airport, according to a former pilot w(...)