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.

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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(...)

A high altitude balloon is released to launch a saucer-shaped test vehicle, which holds equipment for landing large payloads on Mars, at the US. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped NASA spacecraft floated off a launch tower at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in(...)

John Philip Holland - inventor of the submarine

Take a former Christian Brother with a passion for Jules Verne, the Fenian Brotherhood’s passion for an independent Ireland, and the US navy’s passion(...)

Mohamad Sharil Shaari (36) nephew of Razahan Zamani, a passenger on the missing Malaysian Flight MH370, shows a wedding picture that he took of Razahan and Razahan’s wife Norli Akmar Hamid, on his mobile phone during an interin Kuala Lumpur. Photograph: Reuters

An Australian naval vessel carrying an underwater drone involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 left port today on its second missio(...)

 Malaysian acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussein (left) and Chinese transport minister Yang Chuantang (centre) meet with the Australian deputy prime minister Warren Truss (right) in Canberra, Australia, today.  Photograph: EPA

Australia, China and Malaysia pledged today not to give up searching for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared almost two months ago, despite (...)

Malaysian defence minister and acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussin, speaks during a media conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, today. Photograph: Reuters

Australia and Malaysia vowed today to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and (...)