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Heroes or anarchists? supporters of Bradley Manning protesting outside the White House this week. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Henry Vanderwater was an army private in the Union-occupied town of Alexandria, Virginia, during the American Civil War, charged with defending the se(...)

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the US State Department said.

US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecifie(...)

Georgette Gagnon, director of Unama’s human rights unit: “The growing loss of life and injuries to Afghan women and children in 2013 is particularly disturbing.” Photograph: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

Civilian casualties from Afghanistan’s conflict with Taliban guerrillas jumped by almost a quarter in the first half of this year, according to the Un(...)

Bradley Manning is escorted from the courthouse at Fort Meade. Photograph: Patrick Semansky

Attorney David Coombs emerged from the military court, relieved and emotional, to cheers from supporters. Many wore black T-shirts emblazoned with the(...)

Protesters clash with a policeman during a demonstration in Tunis today after opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was killed. Photograph: Anis Mili/Reuters.

Tunisia’s interior minister said today that secular opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi had been killed with the same gun that was used to kill his p(...)

Private First Class Bradley Manning (L), 25, is escorted inside for closing arguments in his military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/Reuters.

Military prosecutors described the US soldier accused of the largest leak of classified information in the nation’s history of releasing documents on(...)

Helen Thomas at the White House in Washington in 1997. Thomas, who overcame gender barriers with bottomless curiosity and an unquenchable drive to become one of the best-known White House reporters of her time before her career ended ignominiously over her remarks about Jews, died today. Photograph: Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a trailblazing journalist who reported on every US president from John Kennedy to Barack Obama, died to(...)

An X-47B pilot-less drone combat aircraft flies over the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. Two insurgents were killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan overnight and seven others were killed by the Pakistan Air Force. Photograph: Reuters.

At least nine suspected militants, including two foreigners, were killed in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region in a US drone strike and a separate Pakis(...)

Idris Elba returns to our TV screens as the eponymous Luther. Photograph: Steven Neaves.

For the new run of Luther (BBC One, Tuesday) the director, Sam Miller, has taken several screen genres, put them in a blender and . . . no, wait . . .(...)

Mark Twain once allegedly stated that “history does not repeat itself but it does rhyme”. For historians, politicians and military commanders it is ve(...)

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