In October, the US Navy sent the USS Lassen, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol within  12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. China responded by accusing Washington of having a “cold war mentality”. Photograph: Evan Kenny/EPA/US Navy

Was there a more potent image in 2015 to represent China’s newfound confidence in matters of foreign policy than the satellite photograph of a land r(...)

Annual returns filed by Ulick and Desmond McEvaddy’s Omega Aviation Services show that it  had a deficit of €9.36 million on December 31st. Photograph: Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Aviation entrepreneurs the McEvaddy brothers considered seeking funds from third-party investors to help their Irish business tackle its cash flow an(...)

US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the stadium prior to Super Bowl XLIX between Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1st, this year in Glendale, Arizona. Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Over the past decade, the NFL has incorporated more and more overt militaristic pageantry into its games. Air Force jets scream past stadia, trailing (...)

A frame grab from an undated video reportedly shows Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden watching TV at his compound in Pakistan. Newly-released documents show bin Laden owned books by Noam Chomsky and Bob Woodward, among others. Photograph: US Department of Defence/AFP/Getty Images

The US government has released a list of English-language texts seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in 2011 showing the al-Qaeda leader(...)

Hand-in-hand with increased customer traffic on the Darknet comes increased focus by law enforcement agencies

“Congratulations!” shout the large green letters printed across the computer screen. You can now browse the internet anonymously. Welcome to the Darkn(...)

Alexander Pama, head of the national disaster agency, shows the digital path of Typhoon Hagupit following a press briefing inside the military headquarters east of Manila, Philippines. Philippine authorities have begun to evacuate coastal areas that could be hit by the storm. Photograph: Denis Sabangan/EPA

Schools and government offices have been shut in parts of the central Philippines and residents are stocking up on supplies as provinces yet to recove(...)

Author Alain de Botton (R) makes notes during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009.

Internet research has convinced some we can know everything. But away from Google’s spoon dipped into Wikipedia’s stockpot, the idea of the mystery of(...)

Shane McCoy on a US navy humanitarian mission to Ghana in 2004

It came down to a flip of a coin, and Shane McCoy won. On January 11th, 2002, McCoy was a 27-year-old photographer with the United States navy station(...)

Rob O’Neill pictued in Butte, Montana in 2013. O’Neill is a former member of the elite US Seals, the principal special operations force of the US Navy. Photograph: Walter Hinick/Reuters/The Montana Standard

A former member of the Navy Seals has come forward claiming to have shot the al-Qaeda leader during the daring operation in Pakistan in 2011. Two year(...)

US president Barack Obama, vice president Joe Biden and Mr Biden’s son Hunter  at basketball game in  January 2010. Hunter Biden was discharged from the US Navy Reserve earlier this year after testing positive for cocaine, sources familiar with the matter have said. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Hunter Biden, the younger son of US vice president Joe Biden, was thrown out of the military in February after testing positive for cocaine, according(...)