Obama, to European eyes, is merely tinkering with the small print, the very edges of ingrained national violence which produces stats a minor civil war would be familiar with.
Just over a year after British combat forces left Afghanistan, they are back, as the Taliban threaten to take the strategic town of Sangin.
Despite facing new torrents of flood water through their main street last night, residents of Glenridding say everyone is helping each other and others are worse off than them.
A woman from Appleby-in-Westmorland is enjoying a night out in a local hotel in circumstances she would never have wanted: her home is flooded. The violation? The filthy, stinking floodwaters that ha
An outbreak of scabies sweeping the Calais camp known as the Jungle is fuelling the determination of migrants to escape the squalor for a new life in Britain, by any means possible.
When Andrew Stoddart broke down as he was asked about the effect all this is having on his young family, the reality of unsafe leases to farmers in Scotland was painful and direct.
After the biggest organised cheating scandal in the history of Scottish football, the former Rangers owners now face at last paying the British state the tax and NI they dodged for all those years.
HMRC is adamant there is money in there to be had and the court now says the state is owed what will be a substantial sum - barring any appeal process, of course.
Whilst Rangers FC were busy winning titles and silverware the entire basis upon which they paid many players and executives should have attracted income tax and did not do so.
'I didn't bring down the News of the World. The News of the World brought itself down. News International brought itself down by reacting the way they did.'
Middle class Syrians flee their homes and board a ferry from Lebanon to Turkey - the first stage of a dangerous journey to Europe. Are they refugees or migrants? Does it matter?