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Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, accused the CIA last month of breaking the law by searching computers used by committee staff working on the report on CIA interrogations. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Central Intelligence Agency misled Congress and the US public about the scope and effectiveness of its controversia(...)

Israelis hold signs last night during a protest outside US secretary of state John Kerry’s hotel in Jerusalem against the planned release by Israel of Palestinian prisoners as a confidence-building gesture. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry met Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours yesterday in an effor(...)

Following weeks of speculation, NATO confirmed this afternoon that 55-year-old Jens Stoltenberg will assume the role of head of the defence organisation in October. Photograph: Reuters.

Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent in Brussels Former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg has been named as the new secretary ge(...)

President Barack Obama meets Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Europe continued yesterday with a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, where he held talks w(...)

Suleiman Abu Ghaith’s defence attorney Stanley Cohen (c) speak to the press outside the Manhattan Federal Court house in New York earlier this week. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges today following a three-week trial that off(...)

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of an attack in Kabul in which gunmen fired shots inside the luxury Serena hotel. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters.

Four Taliban gunmen have been killed in a shootout with security forces after they attacked a luxury hotel today in the centre of the Afghan ca(...)

Participants in the Nowruz festival at  St Stephen’s Green in Dublin today. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It was a riot of colour going beyond the awakenings of spring in St Stephen’s Green today as a local celebration of the Middle Eastern and Cen(...)

An Afghan police officer stands at the site of today’s suicide blast in Faryab, northern Afghanistan. Photograph: Reuters

At least 15 civilians were killed when a suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint near a market in northern Afghan(...)

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal attends  an Arab foreign ministers emergency meeting to discuss the Syrian crisis  at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Saudi Arabia has threatened to blockade neighbouring Qatar by air, land and sea unless Doha cuts ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, closes g(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

As the crisis in Ukraine escalated over the weekend, a senior United States government official said in a briefing call on Sunday that the Whit(...)

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