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The 'special relationship' is stronger than it’s ever been

Samantha Power is the new US ambassador to the UN

UN General Assembly: Will US and Iran join hands for the first time since Jimmy Carter and the Shah?

Obama expected to be first US leader since 1978 to acknowledge an official from Tehran

A president but not the supreme leader – and therein lies the problem for Hassan Rouhani

The Iranians are spinning in the media so that the centrifuges can keep on spinning

Obama accused the Republicans of 'extortion'

Battle over Obamacare may trigger US government shutdown

Republican attempts to derail planned healthcare reforms could provoke financial meltdown

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani

New president Hasan Rouhani: I have power to ensure Iran will never seek nuclear bomb

TV interview comes days before first appearance at the UN General Assembly

Brazil plans national Internet redesign in order to avoid US web surveillance

President calls for online independence in Brazil following revelations about NSA espionage

Aaron Alexis

Washington Navy Yard shooting: Should authorities have paid closer attention to Aaron Alexis following two previous ‘gun rage’ investigations?

Mass shooting will inevitably spark fresh debate over increased gun legislation

Syria crisis: Russia, the peacemonger

Whatever else we think of Putin, his search for an end to carnage in Syria is hopeful

Suddenly in a hole on Syria, Obama got lucky with a way out

The President set a trap for himself with his 'red line' promise, but does he have Cameron or the Kremlin to thank for rescuing him?

Syria crisis: John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov announce 'constructive' Geneva meeting to continue in New York as US and Russia push for 'Geneva 2' peace talks

The international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, held meeting with John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov as key talks in Geneva enter the second day.

Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech

Vladimir Putin in plea to American public as US and Russia falter over Syria resolution

Urgent talks between Russia and US to take place in Geneva

Syria crisis: David Cameron defends 'strong stance' over chemical weapon attack

PM says proposal by Russia to send inspectors to seize arms would not have happened without the determination to stand up to Assad regime

Syria civil war: Russia tables plan for chemical weapons handover to rival French proposals, as Obama tells American public he will give diplomacy a chance

France’s scheme gives Assad a 15-day time limit before risking the use of force, while Russia says it will discuss its proposals with the US on Thursday

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, announced the proposal after talks in Moscow with his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Moallem

Barack Obama: I'll put Syria military strikes 'on hold' if Assad surrenders chemical weapons

Proposal wins support from UN Secretary General and adds new and unexpected dimension to the situation

The Welsh family of jailed WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning have received donations from an ex-convict

Exclusive: WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning's Welsh relatives helped by ex-prisoner to fund trips to visit her in Kansas prison

… but man jailed after Gulf War protest has so far only raised £465 to pay for flights to the US

Barack Obama received little help from other world leaders at last week’s G20 summit in St Petersburg

Syria crisis: Barack Obama attempts to rally waverers ahead of Congress vote on US strikes

Videos of gas victims deployed along with a media campaign and proxies to persuade public to back Syria military action

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