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

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship  in Sicily after being rescued from a Turkish cargo ship in 2009.  Photograph: AP

When the Arab spring surged into full force, most Europeans hailed the revolutionary events as a t(...)

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett speaks to one of the two men arrested at the scene of the Woolwich murder yesterday.

A woman who risked her life to confront an armed man suspected of slaughtering a British soldier in broad daylight has described how she tried (...)

Video-grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons near the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a soldier was murdered. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

British police have arrested two more people in a hunt for accomplices of two British men of Nigerian descent accused of hacking a soldier to d(...)

An Afghan woman wearing a burqa carries a child  along a street on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Afghanistan’s parliament failed to pass a law today banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women’s rights in the co(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A suicide bomber in a car targeted two vehicles carrying foreign forces in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today killing at least six Afghan civilia(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as their move towards their positions in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus earlier this month. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

Let’s be clear: There are no good options left in Syria. The government of Bashar al-Assad has a large arsenal of weapons as well as the(...)

People celebrate in the streets of Lahore, Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister, declared that his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, would emerge as winner of the election. Photograph:     Tyler Hicks/The New York Times.

Toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed and exiled, Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and today was heading for a third term as Pakis(...)

An election official seals a ballot box before the start of voting at a polling station in Rawalpindi. Photograph: Mian Khursheed/Reuters

Pakistanis voted in a landmark test of democracy today and were quickly reminded of the militant violence that plagues the country, with electi(...)

Nato confirmed today that five members of the US-led coalition were killed in a roadside bomb yesterday. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Five members of the US-led international military coalition have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan — the first foreign tro(...)

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