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  1. April 11, 2014

    White House pressed to release report into CIA torture programme

    The White House is facing intense pressure to release a secret congressional report into the CIA’s torture programme after a...

  2. January 8, 2014

    Gates memoir mixes disdain and respect

    In the first year of the Obama administration, when the new president was grappling with the momentous decision of whether...

  1. February 28, 2013

    Kerry hints at US help for Syria rebels

    The US is looking for new ways to help the Syrian opposition, secretary of state John Kerry said on Wednesday, as...

  2. February 24, 2013

    Middle East set to dominate Kerry tour

    John Kerry billed his first overseas trip this week as US secretary of state as a “listening tour”, but his hosts will want...

  3. February 20, 2013

    800,000 Pentagon staff face unpaid leave

    The “vast majority” of the Pentagon’s civilian personnel will be put on temporary unpaid leave if automatic spending cuts...

  4. February 10, 2013

    Panetta exposes Obama’s Syria dilemma

    Over the course of four decades in politics, Leon Panetta has enjoyed the model Washington career. He has been a...

  5. February 8, 2013

    Panetta reveals US divisions over Syria

    Divisions within the Obama administration over how to respond to the civil war in Syria spilled into the open on Thursday...

  6. February 7, 2013

    Brennan defends drone attacks

    John Brennan, the Obama administration’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, gave a vigorous defence of the...

  7. January 29, 2013

    Cyber saboteurs stalk the oil industry

    The oil industry is facing a new menace: cyber attacks. Last year Saudi Aramco, a leading oil and gas producer, was hit by a...

  8. January 27, 2013

    Republicans back off from Lew battle

    Jack Lew’s appointment as America’s next Treasury secretary appears to be on track, with Senate Republicans shying away from...

  9. January 23, 2013

    Pentagon clears Allen in Petraeus scandal

    The Pentagon has cleared of wrongdoing General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan who became embroiled in the...

  10. January 20, 2013

    Cameron leads warnings on jihadi threat

    Many western leaders have expressed concern about the possible resurgence of jihadism in north Africa following the French...

  11. January 11, 2013

    Obama and Karzai agree early handover

    By Geoff Dyer in Washington The US and international forces in Afghanistan will hand over responsibility for security...

  12. January 7, 2013

    Obama defies opposition to security team

    Barack Obama has announced his new national security team, tapping loyalists to oversee the continuing pursuit of...

  13. December 21, 2012

    Are we prepared for a cyber storm?

    This Christmas, New York is in Sandy Recovery mode. With the holiday season approaching, the race has been on to get the...

  14. The World

    December 20, 2012

    Chuck Hagel, Israel and Obama

    Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel in Jordan in 2008. (Salah Malkawi/Getty) The shadow boxing over the potential nomination of...

  15. December 20, 2012

    Hagel defence nomination faces struggle

    The potential nomination of Chuck Hagel as US secretary of defence faces resistance from pro-Israel groups because of...

  16. December 2, 2012

    Former US spy chief warns on cybersecurity

    A former US intelligence chief says the west has had its “9/11 warning” on cybersecurity and warns that unless urgent action...

  17. November 15, 2012

    White House gives few clues on cabinet

    Such is the mood in Washington after Barack Obama’s re-election that when Deval Patrick was invited to dinner at the White...

  18. November 15, 2012

    Obama labels threats over Rice ‘outrageous’

    Barack Obama has strongly defended Susan Rice, the UN ambassador, calling “outrageous” a threat by two Republican senators...

  19. November 14, 2012

    Obama ‘withholds judgment’ on Petraeus

    The role of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the downfall of David Petraeus is likely to come under even closer...

  20. November 7, 2012

    Foreign policy team faces shake-up

    President Barack Obama will immediately face some delicate decisions about his most important national security advisers,...

  21. October 25, 2012

    Benghazi attack suspect killed in Egypt

    A man suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on the US consulate in eastern Libya was killed following a ferocious gun...

  22. October 15, 2012

    Variant of Middle East spy virus found

    A variant of the cyber espionage viruses that have infected targets across the Middle East has been discovered, raising...

  23. October 12, 2012

    Panetta warns US of ‘cyber Pearl Harbor’

    US defence secretary Leon Panetta warned on Thursday the US could face a “cyber Pearl Harbor” and that foreign hackers could...

  24. October 7, 2012

    Syrian shelling leaves Erdogan with dilemma

    Turkey and Syria exchanged cross-border fire for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, adding to tensions that have brought...

  25. beyondbrics

    August 14, 2012

    London headlines

    * Currency flows reversing China to Colombia as trade slows * Emails told of fears over EADS payments * US says Pakistan to...

  26. July 31, 2012

    US imposes sanctions on Iran oil industry

    The Obama administration announced new sanctions on the Iranian oil industry and on a Chinese and an Iraqi bank on Tuesday,...

  27. July 18, 2012

    US assures UK on jet fighter

    The US will spare the Joint Strike Fighter jet ordered by the UK from austerity-induced military spending cuts, Leon...

  28. June 20, 2012

    Al-Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD, June 20 – Pakistan has captured an “important” al-Qaeda leader in an operation near the border with Iran,...

  29. June 7, 2012

    Panetta warns on Pakistan terror havens

    The US is “reaching the limits of our patience” with Pakistan about the havens enjoyed by terrorist groups, said Leon...

  30. June 3, 2012

    Panetta makes symbolic visit to Vietnam

    Leon Panetta on Sunday became the first US defence secretary to visit Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam in more than three decades, in...

  31. June 2, 2012

    US plans to boost Pacific naval forces

    The US plans to boost its naval presence in the Pacific as part of the Obama administration’s “pivot” towards Asia, a move...

  32. May 31, 2012

    US strategic battle guidelines under attack

    New US battle guidelines partly designed to counter the military challenge from China are attracting strong criticism at...

  33. May 30, 2012

    Bin Laden case doctor linked to militant

    The Pakistani doctor at the centre of a dispute between the US and Washington was jailed for aiding a local militant and not...

  34. May 23, 2012

    Doctor who helped track bin Laden jailed

    A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the US capture Osama bin Laden has been convicted of treason and sentenced to 33 years...

  35. May 12, 2012

    US arms sales to Bahrain to resume

    The US is to resume selling arms to Bahrain a little more than a year after a harsh crackdown on anti-government protesters...

  36. May 10, 2012

    US warships risk rocking boat with Beijing

    The first of a new class of US coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next year for a 10-month deployment, the navy said...

  37. beyondbrics

    April 20, 2012

    London headlines

    * Geithner presses India over tax plans * India tests long-range missile * Panetta says China assisting North Korean missile...

  38. March 23, 2012

    US soldier charged with 17 murder counts

    The American soldier who allegedly went on a shooting rampage in Afghanistan has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated...

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