US president Donald Trump: Vacillated on the issue of meeting the Iranians for talks.  Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump has ordered 1,000 more US troops to the Middle East amid a dangerous escalation in tension with Iran as Tehran threatens steps (...)

Discovery has called into question North Korea’s intentions as officials met in Sweden this week to discuss  arrangements for Kim Jong-un’s second meeting with Donald Trump, which is expected to take place near the end of February. Photograph: Kevin Lim/EPA

Experts have revealed an undeclared site that reportedly serves as the headquarters of one of North Korea’s ballistic missile programmes, weeks before(...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving  in Maryland, US, after the G20 summit in Argentina

Chinese state media welcomed the decision by presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump to set their differences aside, for the time being at least, after(...)

China’s President Xi Jinping delivers a speech as he reviews a military display of Chinese People’s Liberation Army navy in the South China Sea on Thursday. Photograph:  Li Gang/Xinhua via Reuters

China’s navy announced it would hold live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait next Wednesday amid a worsening of tension in the western Pacific (...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson (centre), advises Americans to have no concerns about this “particular rhetoric of the last few days”. Photograph: EPA/Fazry Ismail

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson sought to cool an escalating crisis with North Korea on Wednesday, claiming that the nuclear armed state posed no (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putinvisits the Pioneering Spirit pipelaying ship in the Black Sea in June. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/AFP/Getty Images

For those who saw it coming, the sight of a massive, 382-metre-long ship passing through Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait in May said a lot about Turkey’s (...)

President Barack Obama has ordered air strikes against Islamic State but has not made any large commitment of US troops on the ground. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State has committed genocide against minority Christians and Yazidis as well as Shi’ite Muslims, US secretary of state John Kerry said on Thur(...)

In a crucial effort to rebuild the army, Iraqi military command launches campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who had abandoned their units. Photograph: AP Photo

The Iraqi military command has launched a campaign to re-enlist soldiers and officers who abandoned their units, a crucial step in its effort to reb(...)

The world’s biggest economies bore the brunt of the losses, the research found, with the toll on the United States, China, Japan and Germany reaching $200 billion a year in total

Cybercrime costs the global economy about $445 billion (€326 billion) every year, with the damage to business from the theft of intellectual property (...)

European intelligence agencies were all aware of the type of covert surveillance undertaken by the US National Security Agency (NSA), a former (...)