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A coordinated wave of car bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and several other cities today, killing at least 65 people and wounding more than 200 in one of the deadliest days in Iraq since US troops withdrew from the country.

Bradley Manning: State documents may reveal that the alleged leaks were less harmful than was thought

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A military judge refused yesterday to drop eight of the 22 charges against Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables and army logs to the WikiLeaks website. Earlier the judge had ordered the government to hand over confidential documents outlining its huge damage control exercise.

Saddam Hussein aide Abed Hamid Hmoud executed in Iraq

Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, once No. 4 on the US most-wanted list in Iraq, was executed by hanging today, the Iraqi Justice Ministry said.

Saddam Hussein finished his last novel the day before the US army invaded Iraq

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Is there a market for Saddam Hussein's autobiography? His eldest daughter Raghad thinks so. Now living in exile in Jordan, she's hawking the handwritten manuscript around publishers. Details of their contents or composition are unknown, but Raghad's lawyer, Haitham Nabil al-Harsh, told an Arab news channel: "These are the only real memoirs Saddam Hussein wrote by hand, and they will be released as soon as we find a publishing house."

Downing Street keeps Iran conflict plan under wraps

Downing Street declined today to discuss the UK's contingency plans in the event of a military confrontation between Israel and Iran, amid reports that ministers have asked law officers to examine whether any British involvement would be legal.

Scores killed as wave of bombings in Iraq disrupt calm

Bombings struck several areas in Baghdad and to the north, killing at least 30 people in the first major attacks in Iraq in nearly a month.

'Useful' nuclear talks show signs of modest progress

In a rare show of unity, Iran and the world's big powers hailed their first nuclear meeting in more than a year as a key step towards further negotiations meant to ease international fears that Tehran may weaponise its nuclear programme.

Simon Kelner: Why golf needs someone like Blubbing Bubba

We are told that big girls don't cry, but we know that master golfers do. Bubba Watson's uncontrollable sobbing when he holed the putt that won him the US Masters was quite something. First his caddy, and then his mother, offered a strong shoulder for Bubba to blub on, the emotional release of victory after four days of toiling proving too much for him.

Terror suspect Hilal Al-Jedda in nationality win

A terror suspect has come a step closer to returning to the UK after winning a Court of Appeal battle against the Government's decision to strip him of his British nationality.

Al-Qa'ida says it killed 46 in Iraq

Al-Qa'ida's front group in Iraq claimed yesterday that it was behind a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country on Tuesday.

Iraq: Dozens die in wave of bombings

A torrent of bombings and shootings ripped across eight Iraqi cities today targeting police and Shiite pilgrims and killing 46 people.

Bombs kill at least 60 in a day of sectarian attacks in Iraq

Simultaneous early morning attacks across Iraq killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens more yesterday, in one of the bloodiest days of violence since US troops pulled out in December.

Iraq attacks kill 60, raising sectarian fears

Simultaneous early morning attacks on mostly Shi'ite targets across Iraq killed at least 60 people and wounded dozen today in one of the bloodiest days of violence since U.S. troops pulled out in mid-December.

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