Obama details new drone policy
Increased oversight designed to bring killing programme out of legal shadows as president defends use of strikes in the past
Special courts would be asked to decide on targeted assassinations of terrorism suspects under a clutch of new legal checks proposed by Barack Obama to bring an end to the notion of an "boundless war on terror".
The president, who currently has to personally sign off on targeted drone strikes outside the US, hopes the increased oversight will help bring his controver...
by Dan Roberts
23 May 2013 at 12:44pm
Father rebukes Israeli report on son's death
Report re-ignites war of words over death of 12-year-old al-Dura in Gaza in 2000 by claiming the incident was staged
In a scrubby cemetery in central Gaza, where crumbling tombstones nestle in the sand amid wind-blown rubbish, Jamal al-Dura crouched at the grave of his son Muhammad to recite the Muslim prayer for the dead. With the youngest of his 11 children at his side, he took his hands from his face, laid them on the marble slab and looked up, a bitter as well as a bereaved man.
by Harriet Sherwood
23 May 2013 at 9:03am
Tibetan activists boycott Holiday Inn firm
Free Tibet-led campaign calls on Holiday Inn owner to withdraw from vast Lhasa project criticised as 'PR coup' for Beijing
Tibetan campaign groups are launching a boycott of the InterContinental Hotels Group ? the owner of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and others ? because of plans to open a vast 2000-room resort in Lhasa.
The campaign, led by Free Tibet and backed by Students for a Free Tibet, wants IHG to withdraw from the project in the Tibetan capital, arguing the hotel is a "PR coup for the Ch...
by Tania Branigan
23 May 2013 at 9:03am
Eurozone crisis live: Japan closes higher after wild day of trading
The Japanese market suffered another turbulent session after Thursday's dive ? dropping as much as 3.5% in the afternoon ? but stabilised to close 0.9% higherJosephine Moulds
by Josephine Moulds
24 May 2013 at 12:16am
Guardian to launch new platform to streamline access to web content
Theguardian.com will provide one destination for UK, mobile, US and Australian sites as monthly digital browsers hits 80m
The Guardian is to launch a new global web presence, theguardian.com, in recognition of the newspaper's increasingly international digital appeal.
The move will streamline access to Guardian content ? amalgamating the main entry point Guardian.co.uk, mobile site m.guardian.co.uk, US homepage guardiannews.com and the soon-to-launch Australian digital edition ? into one core w...
by Mark Sweney
24 May 2013 at 12:08am
Syria needs Britain's help, but it does not need our weapons
Government outrage does not provide a sound basis for such a material policy change as vetoing the EU arms embargo
The most seductive fallacy in foreign affairs is "something must be done". It now appears that the UK government is ready to veto any extension of the EU arms embargo on Syria when it comes up for review in Brussels next Monday. That would be "something". As set out by William Hague this week in the House of Commons, this policy is as follows. The government has not decided to sen...
by Menzies Campbell
23 May 2013 at 11:30pm
North Korea agrees to return to nuclear talks under pressure from China
Pyongyang's special envoy makes concession on nuclear disarmament to ease tensions between communist allies
North Korea has offered to renew nuclear disarmament talks, Chinese state media have reported.
At a meeting on Thursday between vice-marshal Choe Ryong Hae and Liu Yunshan, a senior figure in the Chinese Communist party, North Korea heeded China's wishes after months of rising friction between the allies, according to reports
Pynongyang's special envoy praised China's work on behalf of p...
23 May 2013 at 11:07pm
Muhammad Yunus: 'Business is a beautiful mechanism to solve problems' | Liz Ford
Grameen Bank founder is a microfinance pioneer, but are his plans for alleviating poverty a little too good to be true?
At first, it is difficult to know what to make of Muhammad Yunus. In London this week to promote his work building social businesses, the Nobel prizewinner and founder of Grameen bank is compelling when he talks about his ideas to address poverty. But, after the recent microfinance fallout, there's a nagging feeling that what he's saying is a little too good to be true.
by Liz Ford
23 May 2013 at 11:00pm
Martin Luther King unmoved by death threats - from the archive, 24 May 1961
White supremacists target Baptist minister for demanding end to racial segregation
It seems a stroke of luck for the United States that the Negroes' leader in Montgomery, Alabama, during the present crisis is a scholarly Baptist minister whose hero is Mahatma Gandhi. He might well have been a black Huey Long or some such political boss of the kind who tries to hold hate-the-white demonstrations in Harlem (and - luckily again - finds little support there). That he is the Rev. Martin Luther King...
23 May 2013 at 11:00pm
Bridge collapse in Washington state sends cars and people into water
Part of bridge over the Skagit river gives way, with rescuers using boats to search for people in the water
The major highway bridge linking the Washington state city of Seattle with Canada and the rest of the Pacific north-west region collapsed late on Thursday, dumping several vehicles and the people inside into a river.
The four-lane Interstate 5 bridge collapsed about halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, Trooper Mark Francis of the Washington state patrol said.
23 May 2013 at 10:50pm
Manila less than thrilled at Dan Brown's Inferno
City chairman lodges protest with author over his description of Philippines capital as 'the gates of hell' in latest novelKate Hodal
by Kate Hodal
23 May 2013 at 10:30pm
Cabinet office to fly rainbow flag during Pride week
Francis Maude to show commitment to equality agenda by allowing flag to be flown from cabinet office next month
Francis Maude is to show the government's commitment to the equality agenda by allowing the rainbow flag to be flown from the cabinet office in Whitehall during Pride week next month.
David Cameron has faced criticism for attempting to distance the Tory leadership from gay rights after declining to speak in detail about the equal marriage bill in the run up to its bumpy ride through t...
by Nicholas Watt
23 May 2013 at 6:16pm
IRS replaces Lois Lerner amid controversy over Tea Party targeting
Ken Corbin to take over as acting commissioner of division that oversees tax agency's exemptions division
A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted Tea Party groups.
Danny Werfel, the agency's new acting commissioner, told IRS employees in an email Thursday that he had selected a new acting head of the division.
Ken Corbin will be the acting director of t...
23 May 2013 at 3:34pm
- British fraud suspect found hanged in French jail
John Steele, 38, was found by prison guards hanging in his cell on Tuesday, four days after being remanded in custody
A Briton arrested on suspicion of organised fraud has been found hanged in a French jail. John Steele, 38, was found by prison guards hanging in his cell on Tuesday, four days after he was remanded in custody.
Steele, who had lived near Paris for some years, was believed to be behind a scheme which took more than £1 million in loans from French banks.
A Foreign Office spokesman s...
23 May 2013 at 3:31pm
Boy Scouts of America vote to end ban on gay youth members
Vote at annual meeting in Texas may relieve political pressure but openly gay leaders are still banned
The Boy Scouts of America on Thursday voted to allow gay youths in the organization, partially ending a long-standing ban on accepting homosexual members.
Of the 1,400 scout leaders voting at the annual meeting in Texas, more than 60% supported the proposal. The members voted in favor of adjusting the BSA membership rules to read: "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of Americ...
by Amanda Holpuch
23 May 2013 at 3:22pm