Democrat Ilhan Omar, an immigrant born in a Kenyan-Somali refugee camp, was elected. Photograph: Craig Lassig

The election of two Muslim women to the US House of Representatives as well as the Democratic Party’s success in taking back control of the chamber ha(...)

The guilty verdict against Amanda Knox will be considered by Italy’s highest court next week. If the decision is upheld, the issue of Ms Knox’s extradition will resurface. Photograph: Getty

Amanda Knox was en route to Seattle from Rome - a free woman whose conviction for murder had just been overturned - when David Thorne, the US ambassad(...)

The US drone strike took place  in Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border. Image: Google Maps

A senior militant commander linked to the kidnap of a US soldier was killed today in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun tribal r(...)

US president Barack Obama has offered his most vigorous public defence of drone strikes, describing them as legal, effective and necessary. (...)