The US coastguard’s heavy-duty icebreaker Polar Sea is the only one remaining in the fleet. Photograph: Rob Rothway/US Coast Guard/Reuters

United States president Barack Obama yesterday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the US Arctic, where quickly melting (...)

The Temple of Bel before and after the destruction at  Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Satellite images have revealed the destruction by Islamic State of the iconic 2,000-year-old Bel temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra just fiv(...)

President Barack Obama will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. Photograph: National Park Service/Tim Rains/Reuters

President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in en(...)

An undated photo  of  Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was overpowered by two US servicemen and other passengers  during an attack aboard an Amsterdam-Paris Thalys train on August 21st, 2015. File photograph: EPA

The man who boarded a high-speed Amsterdam-to-Paris train with a Kalashnikov rifle before being tackled by passengers was on the radar of authorities (...)

 Anthony Sadler (left), Alek Skarlatos (centre) and British man Chris Norman  after being awarded the medal of the city of Arras the day after they apprehended the suspect in a shooting on a Thalys train at Arras train station in Arras, northern France,  August 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Frederic Leturque/Twitter

A British consultant has described how he helped three young Americans overpower a gunman on a train in France. Chris Norman (62), was travelling fro(...)

Anthony Sadler (L), from Pittsburg, California, and Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, hold their medals as they sit in a restaurant after a brief ceremony in the town of Arras, northern France, on August 21, 2015. The Americans  overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov who opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama has praised the heroism of three Americans who overpowered a gunman on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on(...)

‘Over the last 15 years, I have gained a black belt in the art of Pretending I’ve Seen The West Wing.’ Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. Photograph: Warner Bros/Getty Images

The West Wing was dreadful. Among cultural entities that sensible people recommend that TV show might just be the most irredeemable. Yes, I really am (...)

A Turkish soldier at the Turkish-Syrian border in Karkamis, bordering with the IS-held Syrian town of Jarablus, in Turkey. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a US air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House has said, dealing a bl(...)

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Emails sent by the founder of infidelity website AshleyMadison.com appear to have been exposed in a second, larger release of data stolen from its (...)

   Newly appointed White House staff member Raffi Freedman-Gurspan  at Thomas Circle in Washington DC.  Photograph: EPA/NCTE

The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member, officials said on Tuesday, marking the latest step in president Barack Obama’s pu(...)