Richard SpencerBritain and its western allies have held their first face-to-face talks with Islamist factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, including militant groups demanding a hardline Sharia state, as the secular forces they previously backed lose ground.
Severin CarrellTwo expert reports on Scottish independence have downplayed the costs of green electricity and the risks of Scotland's ageing population, in a significant fillip to Alex Salmond's efforts to win next year's referendum.
Oliver Wright, Andrew GricePeople in their twenties will have to work until they are 70 under sweeping changes to the basic state pension to be announced by George Osborne.
Barton Gellman and Ashkan SoltaniThe National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.
Christi ParsonsWASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday declared an end to the war on budget deficits and pledged instead to fight the "deficit of opportunity" for the poor and middle class.
Dave AltimariWith terror in her voice, Barbara Halstead begged with police dispatchers for help, ending her 24-second 911 call with the haunting plea of "Sandy Hook School please" as 11 gunshots rang out in the background.