US president Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly. Mr Kelly’s son, like the retired general a US marine, died in Afghanistan in 2010. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/EPA

Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his claim that Barack Obama did not routinely call the families of servicemen and women killed in battle. He a(...)

Sgt Robert B Bergdahl (right) arrives at the court house for his hearing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, US. Photograph: Jonathan Drake/Reuters

US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he was pleading guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. “I underst(...)

Joshua Boyle speaks to the media after arriving at the Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Friday. Photograph: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

A US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in Afghanistan, returned to Canada on Friday where the husban(...)

In Ireland, we dodge ladders, black cats and magpies, but other cultures have their own seemingly senseless superstitions. Photograph: Getty Images

Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you tr(...)

A still image from a video posted by the Taliban on social media in December 2016 of American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, and their two sons. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a network with ties to the Talib(...)

Film-maker Volker Schlöndorff with writer Colm Tóibín. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

When Angela Merkel watched anxiously for results in Sunday’s federal election, one of her closest friends wasn’t there to hold her hand. Film directo(...)

Facing deportation: Bibihal Uzbeki in bed in Hova, Sweden, on Sunday. Photograph: David Keyton/AP

A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests, is facing d(...)

Marine One: A Secret Service agent stands guard as President Trump leaves the White House. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

As members of the US Congress enjoyed another week off before returning to DC next week, the swirling of helicopters over central Washington signalled(...)

A paramilitary police officer carries the body of Alan Kurdi (3)  after a number of migrants died when the boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized near the Turkish resort of Bodrum on September 2nd, 2005. Photograph:  AP Photo

At least 8,500 people have died or disappeared while attempting to cross the Mediterranean since the death of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian bo(...)

Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, waving to supporters at Allama Iqbal airport in Lahore, Pakistan, November 11th, 2007. She died on December 27th of that year in a suicide bombing near her vehicle at a election rally in the city of Rawalpindi. Photograph: Rahat Dar/EPA

A Pakistani court has sentenced two former police officers to 17 years in prison for failing to protect former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, but acqu(...)