China has urged the US to cancel a planned meeting  between president Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama at the White House. The meeting would cause ‘serious damage’ to ties between the two countries, China’s foreign ministry said.  Photograph: EPA/Christopher Jue.

China has urged the United States to scrap plans for president Barack Obama to meet exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama later today,(...)

Thai police officers assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok today. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters.

Three people were killed and dozens wounded when gun battles broke out as Thai authorities made their most determined ef(...)

Thai rice farmers face with army soldiers during their rally at a temporary office for the cabinet of caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA.

Hundreds of unpaid Thai rice farmers swarmed around the temporary office of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra today, threatening to storm the (...)

 Protesters clash with riot police during their protest in  Kiev, Ukraine last night. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital overnight after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves(...)

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gestures to his supporters as he marches during a rally at a major business district in Bangkok today. Photograph: Kerek Wongsa/Reuters.

Anti-government protesters have resumed marches in Bangkok in an attempt to to energise supporters before a planned mass rally at the weekend to put(...)

A protester holds a placard calling for Germany to give political asylum to the fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, outside the seat of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin last month. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters
NSA officials consider Snowden amnesty
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  • December 16, 2013, 16:04

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the (...)

A Thai anti-government protester waves a Thai flag in a face off with riot police officers as the demonstrators try and reach to the Metropolitan Police Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand, today. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA.

Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has offered to “open every door” to find a peaceful solution to a political crisis gripping Bangkok as police(...)

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany, inc(...)

Activity in the US Capitol building came in for criticism from Jofi Joseph who wrote about it on twitter using the   handle @NatSecWonk until he was fired. Photograph: Reuters

A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twit(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said yesterday the foreign ministry would take over nuclear negotiations. Photograph: IRNA handout via Reuters

The European Union and Iran will discuss a resumption of nuclear negotiations during a United Nations gathering this month, possibly setting a date fo(...)

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