Former US defence secretary uses new memoirs to criticise president's handling of the Afghan war
Russian president tops Forbes list of most powerful people in the world, leaving Obama in his wake
US 'scrambling' to head off diplomatic incident as yet another ally accuses NSA of eavesdropping
Senate leaders say 'tremendous progress' has been made on deal to end shutdown and raise debt ceiling
US President secures support of Senate panel for intervention, but Russia and China harden opposition
Cameron and Hague are 'itching to have crack at Assad' but intervention will be 'dangerous'
Opinion split on whether 25-year-old whistleblower's 35-year jail term is harsh or 'tame'
White House in a fix as the Assad regime appears to call its bluff over 'red line' warning
Will Damascus prove to be a 'Srebrenica moment' when anti-interventionists realise it's time to act?