Snowden defends his question to Putin on spying

The fugitive NSA leaker expresses incredulity at the Russian leader’s denial of mass surveillance.

U.S. to send Ukrainian military more non-lethal aid

U.S. to send Ukrainian military more non-lethal aid

The move to bolster an embattled ally stops short of supplying the weapons that officials in Kiev have sought.

Syrian opposition fighters obtain U.S. antitank missiles

Syrian opposition fighters obtain U.S. antitank missiles

U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute that the rebels have them.

U.S. expectations low ahead of talks with Russia, Ukraine

U.S. expectations low ahead of talks with Russia, Ukraine

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is in Geneva for meetings aimed at pressuring Russia to pull back.

Holder wants $15 million from Congress

Holder wants $15 million from Congress

Money would fund “active shooter” training for law enforcement officers in light of the recent incidents.

Video shows brazen meeting of al-Qaeda fighters

A Yemeni who is group’s second in command tells followers that the U.S. remains a target.

U.S. considers more sanctions against Russia

U.S. considers more sanctions against Russia

Officials hope that a diplomatic gathering scheduled for later this week in Geneva will reduce tensions.

Taking not-so-friendly fire on the home front

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett has gotten some tough criticism for his Hill testimony.

NSA Secrets

FILE - This June 6, 213 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city's area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Revelations and reaction

The National Security Agency has been forced to respond to unprecedented disclosures about its surveillance programs. Those programs have been assailed as a violation of privacy rights by critics and defended as critical to U.S. national security by intelligence officials. Explore our coverage.

Iran’s pick as U.N. ambassador blocked by U.S.

Move sets up confrontation with Tehran just as sides were making progress in nuclear talks.

American jailed in Yemen has disappeared, his lawyers say

American jailed in Yemen has disappeared, his lawyers say

Yemeni officials give contradictory accounts of Sharif Mobley’s whereabouts, attorneys say.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to retire in Oct.

Former ambassador to Jordan and Russia was a career diplomat and a force behind Iran nuclear talks.

U.S. reacted to 2012 bank cyberattack with appeal to allies

Multinational response to suspected Iranian attack, until now untold, reflects Obama’s difficult choices.