Arts and Entertainment Stephen Fry has been cast as the British Prime Minister in the second series of 24

The actor and comedian will star alongside Jack Bauer in the second series

Terry Waite launches defence of Hezbollah, the militant group that kidnapped and torture him 25 years ago

Terry Waite, who was kidnapped and tortured 25 years ago by associates of the militant group Hezbollah, has returned to Lebanon to meet representatives of the organisation responsible for his capture.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who ordered a review into misconduct by top brass

Pentagon to review perks for top brass

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will examine whether its generals and admirals receive too many perks and said they should receive more ethics training earlier in their careers.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford

Marine General Dunford confirmed as Commander of Afghan War

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, tapped by President Barack Obama to become his fifth commander of the war in Afghanistan, will take charge in Kabul early next year, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

The Iranian state TV’s Arabic-language channel Al-Alam shows a ScanEagle drone that was supposedly put on display

Four-foot long, launched by catapult, shot down by Iran? War of words rages over US drone 'captured' by Revolutionary Guard

The elite Revolutionary Guard in Iran claimed today to have captured a US drone over the Gulf, igniting a fresh wave of anti-American bellicosity and highlighting tensions between the countries as the stand-off over Iran’s uranium-enrichment efforts remain unresolved.

Pentagon builds military network to rival the CIA

The Pentagon is planning a major expansion of America's international spy network, creating a new generation of undercover agents to get a better handle on critical issues such as China's growing military might and the rising influence of fundamentalist militants in Africa.

Between the Covers 25/11/2012

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Who is the real Jill Kelley?

On day one, she wore a bright yellow dress with diamond ear-rings and a stratospherically expensive handbag. On day two, a pink designer outfit complete with killer heels. All week long, her hair, nails and make-up have been so consistently immaculate, and her catwalk strut so polished, that grizzled paparazzi at the bottom of her driveway are calling her the "Tampa Kardashian".

George Clooney and Frances McDormand in the Coen Brothers' 'Burn After Reading'

Film: Did the Coens pre-empt a scandal?

America's political elites have spent the past five days trying to get their head around the intricacies of the circumstances that led to the resignation of David Petraeus.

Technology can help or hinder an affair

Technological arms race escalates in infidelity wars

Bad loving ain't easy. So many traps to fall into, so many mistakes to make, so many ways to flub up. Even the nation's spy chief couldn't get away with it, couldn't keep a secret extramarital affair secret forever. If David Petraeus couldn't do it, well, how could anyone else convince themselves they could pull it off?

Senator Kerry emerges as defence frontrunner

In 2004, the then Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, in handing the keynote slot at the party convention to a little-known Senate candidate from Illinois, gave Barack Obama the launchpad for a national career that would lead to the White House.

Jill Kelley has been described as an unpaid social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base

New twist in Petraeus sex scandal as General John Allen investigated for 'inappropriate communications' to Jill Kelley

The top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the centre of the sex scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior US defence official said today.

The News Matrix: Monday 12 November 2012

Man arrested after stabbing death

General Petraeus with Paula Broadwell. He quit over their affair

Petraeus faces Senate grilling over 'affair cover-up' at the CIA

Departure of director who had extra-marital relationship is questioned by politicians as agency battles fall-out over Libya debacle

Ben Affleck, left, plays CIA agent Tony Mendez in 'Argo', which he also directed

IoS film review: Ben Affleck's thriller Argo skilfully elides suspense and satire

Drama tells the story of the CIA and Hollywood's bizarre joint effort to rescue hostages from 1970s Iran

The former US embassy in Benghazi

Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline

Elite US Marines arrived in the Libyan capital more than 23 hours after the deadly September 11 assault on a diplomatic mission in the city of Benghazi began, a Pentagon timeline released Friday shows.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee