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    US signals escalation in Isis fight

    Barack Obama’s top Pentagon adviser says the Islamist militant group in northern Iraq can be defeated only by tackling them...

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    August 21, 2014

    Video and review: "The System Worked", by Dan Drezner

    embed1 While reading Dan Drezner’s The System Worked, I kept thinking of the well-publicised conversation between Barack...

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  1. August 21, 2014

    US attempted to free hostages in Syria

    Barack Obama authorised a secret military mission earlier this summer to free US citizens kidnapped by Islamic militants in...

  2. August 20, 2014

    Iraq crisis: Isis claims to have beheaded US journalist

    Islamist militants claim to have beheaded a man they have identified as James Foley, an American journalist kidnapped in...

  3. August 19, 2014

    Uber hires Obama campaign mastermind

    Uber has recruited David Plouffe, the campaign strategist who helped Barack Obama win the White House in successive...

  4. August 19, 2014

    Obama tries to stay clear of race divide

    Ferguson stand-off enters second week Attorney-general Eric Holder arrives in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday carrying the...

  5. August 18, 2014

    Kurds retake key Mosul dam in morale boosting victory over Isis

    Kurdish forces wrested control of Iraq’s Mosul dam from jihadis on Monday, after the US launched its most intensive day of...

  6. August 18, 2014

    Fresh clashes as Holder heads to Ferguson

    Ferguson after the curfew Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri clashed with armoured police again on Monday night, with officers...

  7. August 17, 2014

    Obama’s Hippocratic oath enfeebles his diplomacy

    Since ancient Greece doctors have sworn to first do no harm. It is also a great principle for a superpower. Why attempt by...

  8. August 17, 2014

    Fernández support wanes as Argentines focus on everyday concerns

    At a gathering of hardline supporters of Argentina’s president, Luis D’Elía’s voice cracks with emotion as he celebrates...

  9. August 15, 2014

    Officer in Ferguson fatal shooting is named

    US vigils honour shot Missouri teenager Police named the officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager, as a semblance of...

  10. August 14, 2014

    Hacker group claims to name officer who shot Ferguson teen

    Anonymous, the loosely co-ordinated hacker collective, claims to have broken into the St Louis County police department’s...

  11. August 14, 2014

    Death stokes fire of US racial tensions

    Long-simmering tensions are boiling over in suburban St Louis, drawing international attention to the racial disparities...

  12. August 14, 2014

    Uncaged demons are tormenting the Middle East

    At the start of this year, shortly after the US and other world powers reached an interim deal with Iran to negotiate...

  13. August 14, 2014

    The black anger of the Obama era

    When President Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the US in 2008, there were expectations...

  14. August 13, 2014

    A hug cannot heal US split over Iraq

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton plan to “hug out” their differences at a mutual friend’s birthday party in the old-money...

  15. August 13, 2014

    Business has lost its place in the community

    The relationship between business, government and society, shattered during the financial crisis of 2008, shows little sign...

  16. August 12, 2014

    War-weary America has to show its steel in Iraq

    What the world saw last Thursday evening was an American president torn between personal preferences and cold reality. The...

  17. August 11, 2014

    Move against Nouri al-Maliki deepens Iraq crisis

    Iraq’s political crisis intensified on Monday after the country’s president named a new prime minister to replace Nouri...

  18. August 10, 2014

    A bold breed of Democrat has inverted Barack Obama’s mentality

    Faced with a choice between solving a problem and winning an issue, Barack Obama invariably opts for the former. The US...

  19. August 10, 2014

    Second-term presidents cost America 40 lost years

    Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread...

  20. August 10, 2014

    Hillary Clinton takes swipe at Obama over Syria

    Washington’s failure to arm the Syrian rebels contributed directly to the rapid rise of the Islamic militants now taking...

  21. August 10, 2014

    US attempt to aid Kurds may backfire by helping Isis

    Iraq: Air strikes and aid With a handful of powerful air strikes the US has re-entered a battle zone it officially abandoned...

  22. August 10, 2014

    Ukrainian army edges closer to Donetsk

    The newly-appointed prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic has ruled out ceasefire negotiations as...

  23. August 9, 2014

    Air strikes continue as US allies join air drops in northern Iraq

    Iraq: Air strikes and aid The US launched more air strikes in northern Iraq on Sunday as western allies joined the effort to...

  24. The A-List

    August 9, 2014

    Isis and the promotion of genocidal war

    President Barack Obama’s decision to bomb the forces of Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) – in order to blunt...

  25. August 8, 2014

    Barack Obama is right to take risks in Iraq

    President Barack Obama’s decision to go back into the Iraq from which he extricated the US almost three years ago is risky...

  26. August 8, 2014

    Obama’s hand in Iraq forced by rapid advance of Isis

    After years of bringing the US military out of Iraq, Barack Obama took just a couple of days this week and a few hastily...

  27. August 8, 2014

    Gold climbs as Middle East violence flares

    A combination of sectarian violence in Iraq and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine helped gold break...

  28. The World

    August 8, 2014

    Why Obama baulked on Syria, but returned to Iraq

    A Yazidi family that fled Sinjar in Iraq takes shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk ( SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images) Barack...

  29. August 8, 2014

    US airdrop to Iraq gets under way

    Escorted by F/A-18 fighter jets, two US transport planes dropped dozens of pallets of water bottles and food packages...

  30. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Osborne deals with the pirate threat: Izzy explains why history has proven that...

  31. August 8, 2014

    US conducts Iraq military strikes on Islamist insurgents

    The US launched military strikes on Islamist militant forces in northern Iraq on Friday in a move that substantially...

  32. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asia-Pacific investors were selling risky assets and stuffing cash into havens after US President Barack Obama...

  33. August 8, 2014

    US stocks rally but mood remains fragile

    Friday 21:00 BST. US equities rallied strongly at the end of a week that saw geopolitical factors replace concerns about US...

  34. August 6, 2014

    Obama pledges support in Africa’s fight against terrorism

    US President Barack Obama has offered African leaders increased US support to boost their peacekeeping and counterterrorism...

  35. August 6, 2014

    US political funding debate switches to selection of judges

    The money-fuelled partisan divide in US politics is spreading into battles to control the selection of judges for top-level...

  36. August 6, 2014

    Pharma shares slide on fears of ‘tax inversion’ clampdown

    Investors fled global healthcare stocks on Wednesday after the Obama administration threatened action to halt the wave of...

  37. August 5, 2014

    Obama seeks ways to hinder foreign tax moves

    The Obama administration is exploring ways to bypass Congress and act on its own to rein in international merger deals that...

  38. August 5, 2014

    US considers partnership with China in developing world

    US president Lyndon Johnson famously remarked of FBI director J Edgar Hoover that it was “probably better to have him inside...

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