Official Secrets: Keira Knightley plays Katharine Gun in the new film. Photograph: Classified Films Ltd

Have you ever wondered who’d play you in a film? I had, occasionally, until the day I got the answer. In spring 2018, a message pinged on to my phone (...)

Hamza bin Laden pictured at his wedding. Photograph:  Associated Press

Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, who was long viewed as heir to the leadership of al-Qaeda, is dead, according to two American officials. Hamza(...)

The Reform Party candidate  Ross Perot addresses  a Christian Coalition conference in Washington during the 1996 US presidential election campaign. Photograph: Stephen Crowley/New York Times

H Ross Perot, the feisty Texas technology billionaire who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a c(...)

Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán: faces a 17-count indictment that accuses him of building a multibillion-dollar narcotics empire over three decades. Photograph: Henry Romero

The US has thrown huge resources into the two-month-old trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and lurid testimony in the Brooklyn cour(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra, Syria,  and uploaded on March 21st, 2016 by an agency affiliated to the  Islamic State terror group. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State is carrying out a rising number of kidnappings, killings and bombings in Iraq and fighting fiercely in Syria as the extremist group retu(...)

An undated photograph of James “Whitey” Bulger holding the son of fellow gangster John Martorano. Photograph:  US attorney’s office of Massachusetts handout via Reuters

James “Whitey” Bulger, the South Boston mobster and FBI informer who was captured after 16 years on the run and finally brought to justice in 2013 for(...)

German interior minister Horst Seehofer  at a press conference in Berlin on Thursday, at which he owed to speed up the deporting of failed asylum seekers. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s interior minister has vowed to speed up the deporting of failed asylum seekers after a group of migrants violently forced the police to rele(...)

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The militia is dominated by the Kurdish group known as  YPG, which the United States regards as its most reliable partner in the area. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/the New York Times

They seek to sweep away borders and establish a stateless society. Their female fighters struggle and die beside male comrades. Their leftist, anti-Is(...)

Pakistani students burn images of US president Donald Trump during a protest against aid cuts in Islamabad on Friday. Photograph: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan as the Trump administration escalates pressure on the government in Islamabad to prevent terroris(...)

 Pakistani foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif  pictured with US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale at a meeting in Islamabad on November 6th. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest against US president Donald Trump’s angry tweet about Pakistani “lies and deceit”, which foreign mi(...)

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