Protesters are seen on a street after setting fire to garbage containers during clashes with riot police in Budaiya, west of Manama today. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Bahrain police fired tear gas in clashes with rioting youths after thousands of opposition supporters rallied peacefully for democracy today, t(...)

Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part in an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km (31 miles) west of Baghdad, earlier this month. Photograph: Mohanned Faisal/Reuters

The United Nations on has called on Iraq to suspend use of the death penalty after authorities executed 21 people on the same day following th(...)

President Barack Obama with his national security adviser Tom Donilon.

The US and Russia say they are determined to strengthen co-operation across a range of major issues, despite Washington’s shar(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry wants China to take a more active stance against North Korea. Photograph:  Paul J. Richards/Reuters

The United States and China have today agreed to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, foll(...)

The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3(...)

A container area at Ningbo port, Zhejiang province. China saw a forecast-busting 14.1 per cent year on year surge in imports which eclipsed export growth of 10 per cent, signalling that domestic demand was gathering the steam needed to drive economic recovery. Photograph: Reuters

Brent crude futures have steadied around $106 per barrel after China's total imports surged in March, suggesting that recovery in the world's n(...)

Damaged houses are seen in the earthquake stricken town of Bushehr in Iran Photograph: Mehr News Agency /Reuters

A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station today, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devasta(...)

A still image provided by the US navy  showing a remote-controlled target aircraft as it is hit by the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) during an exercise.  Photograph: US Navy

The US navy is going to sea for the first time with a laser attack weapon that has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry has arrived in Istanbul on the first leg of a 10-day trip to the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry said today world powers would pursue further talks with Iran to resolve a decade-old dispute over its nuclear(...)

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military iron fence in the border city of Paju near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, which is 250km long, about four kilometres wide. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images

A heavy machine gun points north in the direction of Pyongyang from a camouflaged bunker on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone (DM(...)