News Barack Obama told a crowd at a Costco store the country was moving on

Jobs and wages will be the main battleground of November’s mid-term elections

Thai anti-government protesters climb a gate into the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai protesters storm army headquarters in growing attempts to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra

Protesters in Thailand stormed onto the grounds of the national army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Anti-government protesters blow whistles and wave national flags as they gather outside the Industry Ministry in Bangkok

Anti-government protesters in Thailand call for nationwide uprising as unrest enters fourth day

Demonstrators vow to take over 'every ministry' of government

German 'grand coalition': Angela Merkel reaches deal with SPD to form new government

Tricky hurdle remains for Merkel as Social Democrats must get approval of 470,000 members before she can be sworn in

Revealed: Guantanamo suspects were 'turned' into double agents at secret facility

CIA paid millions of dollars to small band of inmates who were recruited to spy on al-Qa’ida leaders

Silvio Berlusconi has begged senators not to kick him out of parliament

Silvio Berlusconi pleads with Senate not to expel him

Senators will vote this Wednesday on whether to expel the former premier from Parliament following his conviction for tax fraud

Protesters face a police barricade near the parliament buildings in Bangkok

Thailand protests: Long shadow of the 'Thaksin regime' prompts new crackdowns in Bangkok

Protesters overrun government ministries in an attempt to topple Yingluck Shinawatra, prompting the Prime Minister to declare a new emergency security law

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva

Iran nuclear deal: Historic agreement reached with US and other world powers

Both sides declare victory as 4.30am agreement in Geneva crowns  months of intense negotiations

Despite a string of controversies, Rob Ford holds a higher approval rating than David Cameron or Barack Obama, according to a recent opinion poll

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has higher approval rating than Cameron and Obama despite crack smoking revelations

A recent poll has put Rob Ford’s approval rating at 42 per cent, higher than that enjoyed by David Cameron or Barack Obama

Indyplus video: Dirty Wars

Theories about the assassination of JFK

50 years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by an unknown gunman, we look into some of the more outlandish conspiracy theories that have arisen since his death.

How the convicted nephew of a Kennedy could become an unlikely poster boy for reform of the US justice system

He's rich and well-connected. But Michael Skakel's case deserves close examination

Around 2,500 Afghan leaders gather yesterday in Kabul for the first day of the Loya Jirga to debate the bilateral security deal

President Hamid Karzai urges Afghanistan's tribal elders
to let foreign troops stay

Decision by Afghan leader to defer signing of the deal is likely to anger Washington

So what if David Cameron took drugs? We all did

If he was still snorting coke now, I’d worry

What did hip-hop do for Barack Obama and what should British politics learn from it?

President Obama surfed to power on a hip-hop wave. Should British politics try the same thing to engage the youth vote?

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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