News he giant Rumaila oilfield, near Basra, produces a third of Iraq's oil output. The British security man allegedly at the centre of religious unrest works at a camp run by oil services group Schlumberger

At a time of tremendous religious significance for the Shia, the insensitive actions of a British security man appear to have sparked a major crisis

Murdered Luton teenager died from stab wound to the heart

Police have arrested a man in connection with the incident and are appealing for witnesses

Teenage girls shot in Pakistan were murdered for 'making video of themselves dancing'

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These “Heroic true-life stories from the nurses of World War Two” are moving oral histories, spoken by nurses in short interview form.

Derek Keilloh: the former Army doctor found guilty of misconduct by medical watchdogs over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa

Former Army doctor struck off over death of Iraq detainee Baha Mousa

A former Army doctor's career lay in ruins today after he was struck off the medical register over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa.

Army doctor covered up death of Baha Mousa in Iraq

A former British Army doctor has been found guilty of attempting to cover up the death of an Iraqi civilian who was fatally beaten by British troops in 2003, and of failing to protect other detainees.

Bomb kills 30 Shi'ite pilgrims in southern Iraq

A bomb killed at least 30 Shi'ite pilgrims near the southern port city of Basra today, Iraqi officials said. It was the latest in a series of attacks during Shi'ite religious commemorations that threaten to further increase sectarian tensions just weeks after the US withdrawal.

UK leads the world in private security industry

The recent crises around the world mean demand for armed guards is soaring with the UK leading the way

Army to be cleared of systematic abuse in Baha Mousa report

A report into the death of an Iraqi civilian while being held in British Army custody in Basra in 2003 is likely to clear the military of systematic abuse and torture, it was reported yesterday.

Four people killed in Basra suicide blast

Four people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into a police building in southern Iraq.

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Iraq blast kills six in Basra

A roadside bomb killed six people and wounded 12 Sunday morning in the oil-rich city of Basra in southern Iraq, local officials said.

'Torture troops' may yet be charged

Former and serving British soldiers are awaiting a landmark report into the brutal death of an Iraqi civilian which could lead to them facing criminal charges.

At least 43 dead after Basra blast

The death toll from an explosion in Iraq's second-largest city has risen from 20 to 43, health officials revealed today.

Officer 'lied' to inquiry into Mousa's death

A former Army commanding officer was accused yesterday of lying to a public inquiry into the death of an Iraqi civilian in his soldiers' custody.

Baha Mousa: Former commanding officer accused of lying to inquiry

A former Army commanding officer was accused today of lying to a public inquiry into the death of an Iraqi civilian in his soldiers' custody.

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