President Barack Obama: is celebrating Thanksgiving at the White House. File Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The White House is on lockdown on Thursday after a person jumped the fence, and was immediately caught. Despite the quick capture, the pre(...)

French president Francois Hollande talks with Barack Obama during a meeting at the Oval Office in  the White House. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

France and the United States have agreed to step up their fight against Islamic State, pledging to increase co-operation and expand air strikes agains(...)

A still image  from video footage  shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: EPA

In the blue sky above northern Syria, a dark shape moved. It was a Russian SU-24 attack aircraft. Over the past week, Russian jets based at the Khmeim(...)

 French president Francois Hollande and US president Barack Obama shake hands during a joint news conference at the White House, November 24th, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday the United States and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic Sta(...)

President Obama last year criticised US firms for becoming “magically” Irish through takeovers

It’s not us, it’s you. This should be the response to any political criticism directed Ireland’s way as multinationals swap American head-office addre(...)

Tangier Island, Virginia, in Chesapeake Bay; The island is just 4ft above sea level so it is vulnerable to the vast expanse of water around it. Photograph: Simon Carswell

As James “Ooker” Eskridge drives around Tangier Island, which he has represented as mayor for eight years, he stops his electric golf cart next(...)

 Security forces surround the Radisson Hotel during a hostage situation in  Bamako, Mali on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Malian security forces are hunting “more than three” suspects after a brazen assault on the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, m(...)

US Republican candidate Dr Ben Carson on Syrian refugees: “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighbourhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. It doesn’t mean you hate all dogs, but you’re putting your intellect into motion.” Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Republicans were tripping over themselves this week to ratchet up the anti-refugee rhetoric in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, targeting Syrian mi(...)

A protester holding a poster calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard. A former Navy intelligence analyst, was arrested on November 21st, 1985 after trying unsuccessfully to gain asylum at the Israeli embassy in Washington. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Israel says the United States has freed convicted spy Jonathan Pollard from federal prison after nearly 30 years. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Neta(...)

Reem Akkad, a Syrian-American woman who was born in Michigan and who grew up in the US, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. She is a board member of Syrian American Rescue Network, a non-political and non-religious group of volunteers in southern-eastern Michigan set up to help Syrians settle in the US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Lujain Breijawi and her cousin Alaa Breijawi, both 24, sit in their rented home in a Detroit suburb in Michigan, as Alaa’s daughter Hind (4) plays beh(...)