US forces target al-Shabaab in Somalia

Operation comes in wake of prison attack by Islamist militants

Lenders eye levy for banks in distress

Emergency liquidity facility considered

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Division risks sapping the west’s power

America’s allies have come to rely excessively on the US to guarantee their security

US frustrated by Northern Ireland deadlock

Visit by former senator aims to move stalled peace process

Midterms set to reawaken political risk

Investors spoiled by calm on Capitol Hill since last year’s shutdown

Obama gaffe reflects divisions on Isis

President provides fodder for critics who see him as indecisive

Perry and the fallibility of US justice

It would be wrong for charges against the Texas governor to be allowed through the courts

Be less picky choosing allies than foes

Renaissance states made and broke alliances. Should the west do the same, asks Philip Bobbitt

Obama damps speculation of Syria strikes

US military to prepare ‘range of options’ against Isis

Hong Kong media baron denies CIA links

Jimmy Lai hits back at anti-graft raid on his home

‘1,000’ Russia troops in Ukraine, says Nato

Putin applauds rebels for ‘intercepting Kiev’s military operation’

Shell seeks fresh Arctic drilling permits

Oil company says it wants to keeps option open

US second-quarter GDP revised up to 4.2%

World’s largest economy expands at faster rate

Airlines fight for the right to recline

Passenger row highlights problems of flight economy measures

Defence spending is top issue for Nato