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U.S. President Barack Obama winks as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address yesterday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama has promised to make 2014 a “year of action” warning Congress that he would sidestep the rifts paralysing US politics by acting(...)

President Hassan Rohani with UN secretary-general  Ban Ki-moon. Photograph: Reuters

Let us hope we will never have to relive the dark days of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Rece(...)

 Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Meqdad speaks during a new press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland today. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian government came under pressure today to allow aid trucks into the besieged rebel city of Homs as negotiators sought to keep peace talks on (...)

With so much at stake for Syria’s very future as a state, and given the great difficulty in getting both sides in its civil war to the conference cham(...)

UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. “The situation is very difficult and very, very complicated,” he said of the peace talks. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Women and children are to be allowed to leave the besieged insurgent-held city of Homs “immediately”, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said yesterd(...)

‘The title character’s goodness is only relative to the more explicitly debauched characters that pass through.’ Julian Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife

Alicia Florrick stands apart from most of the middle-aged television protagonists to be found angrily meth-dealing and politicking their way across ou(...)

Syrian opposition chief negotiator Hadi al-Bahra (right) walks with members of his delegation after a break in a meeting at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, yesterday. Peace talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups might be the headline act, but negotiators are also using ongoing talks in Geneva to try to get the country’s various rebel groups on the same page. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government has offered to let women and children leave the besieged city of Homs as negotiators from the warring sides discussed humanitari(...)

UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi (centre) announces that representatives of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and a divided opposition will meet in the same room. Photograph: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said a first day of face-to-face talks between Syria’s opposing sides had not yielded significant results but (...)

UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi giving a press conference in Geneva. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Epa

After a period of uncertainty and threats from both sides to depart, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi announced yesterday that the government and opposi(...)

Protesters against the Syrian government demonstrate outside the UN building in Geneva as international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi holds talks today with a Syrian government delegation led by Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Syrian government and its opponents will hold their first joint meeting tomorrow to launch peace talks aimed at resolving nearly three years of ci(...)

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