US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama expressed his “deepest apologies” on behalf of his government over the killing of two aid workers, an American and an Itali(...)

It is illegal under Irish law for Microsoft to hand over information stored in Ireland to the US government without an Irish judge’s approval, former minister for justice Michael McDowell has warned

It is illegal under Irish law for Microsoft to hand over information stored in Ireland to the US government without an Irish judge’s approval, former (...)

John Kerry spoke yesterday to Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan who, said White House press secretary Jay Carney, welcomed the secretary of state’s offer to send a team to assist his government in the search for the schoolgirls . Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA 1:00

The United States government has said that it is preparing to send a team to help the Nigerian government find almost 300 girls kidnapped from their s(...)

Lance Armstrong posed for photographs with fans prior to the start of the third day of the RAGBRAI en route to West Des Moines on Monday.  Photograph:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Australian Tour de France stage-winner Stuart O’Grady has admitted using the banned blood-booster EPO before the notorious 1998 race. O’Grady, who an(...)

Microsoft and Twitter have joined calls by Google and Facebook to be able to publish more detail about how many secret requests they receive to hand o(...)

An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photograph: NSA/Handout via Reuters

A US intelligence agency has requested a criminal investigation into the leak of highly classified information about secret surveillance programs r(...)