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

Man held over death of Army hero

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a soldier honoured for bravery in Iraq, police said today.

Blair 'risked British lives to help out Bush'

The sister of Margaret Hassan, the aid worker who was kidnapped and murdered in Iraq, yesterday accused Tony Blair of risking the lives of British forces to help the former US President George Bush.

Baha Mousa 'killed after father saw soldiers stealing'

The Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa was killed in a revenge attack by British troops because his father had seen soldiers stealing money from a hotel safe, a public inquiry was told today.

Odd couple combine to silence 'Basra' mob

There is no mystery about Michael Clarke. The elegant Australian No 5 scored a couple of hundreds against England in the bad old days of 2006-07 and has added a couple more this summer, plus a 93 yesterday. But who is this Marcus North who has partnered Clarke in fifth-wicket stands of 149 in Cardiff, 185 at Edgbaston and 152 here yesterday?

Judge rules against Basra bomb blast victim

An electrical engineer who lost his shoulder in a roadside bomb blast in Basra lost his £1 million-plus court action today

Robert Fisk: The story of Baha Mousa

'He was a decent guy. They didn't need to do that'

Tim Collins: Only a leap of faith will unite Iraq

As US forces withdraw this week, the Shia-dominated ruling party's relationship with Kurds and Sunnis is crucial to its future

Occupation, BBC1<br>Dispatches: Afghanistan's Dirty War, Channel 4

The British experience in Basra made harrowing drama, but a documentary about Afghanistan was worse

Roger Bacon: We lost a son and have a right to know

I feel very strongly that we should be able to attend a public inquiry. From our point of view – as relatives of British soldiers who died in Iraq – we want to hear the evidence first-hand. If you have lost a son, as we have lost our son, or a husband, or a father, you are entitled to know what happened.

Searching for joy on the streets of Basra

A powerful three-part BBC drama, 'Occupation', tracing the lives of three British soldiers in Iraq, was inspired by an ancient Iraqi poem, says the writer Peter Bowker

Bombs, bagpipes and a Brit award: A Scottish regiment has scored a most unlikely hit

A&R man Tom Lewis was in Basra for the riskiest recording of the year

Bombs, bagpipes and a Brit award: How a Scottish regiment scored a most unlikely hit

A&R man Tom Lewis was in Basra for the riskiest recording of the year

Soldiers invade Classical Brits

An album recorded in sweltering conditions on a British air base in Basra has scooped one of classical music's top prizes at last night's Classical Brit Awards.

Iraq: 'Basra is now worse than when the British troops arrived'

Six years after the invasion, the BBC's Hugh Sykes reflects on the changing security picture

Robert Fisk&rsquo;s World: Right to the very end in Iraq, our masters denied us the truth

The sentence &lsquo;millions of Iraqis now live free of oppression&rsquo; is pure public relations
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London