Interior ministry forces walk past a military helicopter and armoured carriers at a checkpoint near Izium, eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Dmitry Madorsky/Reuters

Moscow has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the coun(...)

 Pro-Russian supporters march during a rally in Odessa, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Volodymyr Petrov/EPA

Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed for(...)

Outgoing US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks after President Barack Obama (left) announced his nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius departed yesterday as the White House seeks to limit(...)

In a rare unanimous vote, the US House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at barring Hamid Abutalebi from receiving a visa to enter the US. Photograph: EPA

The United States denied a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador today, citing the envoy’s links to the 1979-1981 Iranian hostage crisis, in a (...)

US president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden applaud outgoing health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House today. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has said he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside ove(...)

Image of the week: Easter egg One man’s trash, is a 19th-century Tsarina’s treasure. The story goes that an unidentified scrap metal dealer from (...)

Pupils and parents are reunited following a mass stabbing yesterday at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, a suburb of Pittsburgh, by a student in which 20 students and staff were injured. Photograph: Vincent Pugliese/EPA

An American teenager is in police custody after going on a s(...)

 Pro-Russian protesters  occupy the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, yesterday.  The protesters said they would hold a referendum  on the region’s status, and also asked Russia to ready “peacekeeping troops”, in a scenario reminiscent of the events that led to the annexation of Crimea last month. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Pro-Russian activists in Ukraine’s industrial centre of Donetsk proclaimed their independence from Kiev yesterday and pledged to hold a referendum (...)

Former US president Jimmy Carter: ‘When I read every word in the Bible about Jesus Christ, he never once insinuated that women were inferior to me.’ Photograph: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Jimmy Carter doesn’t sugar-coat it – the number of females either aborted or strangled at birth in countries where the subjugation of women is (...)

CIA director John Brennan

It is five years since US president Barack Obama ended the controversial renditions, interrogations and detention programme led by the Central (...)

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