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US sees no proof that Libyan groups planned Benghazi attack

Intelligence officials said Friday that no evidence has surfaced to indicate that the Sept. 11 assault on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya was planned in advance, a conclusion that suggests the attack was spontaneous even if it involved militants with ties to al-Qaida.

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The Lebanese have grown used to Beirut being used as a synonym for destruction and violence. But an episode of the hit US drama Homeland was apparently one negative portrayal too far, and now the government is threatening to sue the makers of the show.

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Homeland is gripping viewing – but on no account let yourself think about the plot

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Born in Denmark, lived in Yorkshire, led the CIA to al-Qa'ida's leader in Yemen

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Edwin Wilson: CIA officer who made millions from spying

Edwin Wilson was a CIA officer who fronted companies for the purposes of spying, while making millions of dollars. Eventually branded a traitor, he served more than two decades in prison before a federal judge overturned his conviction for selling explosives to Libya.

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John McCarthy brands 'Homeland' plot 'ridiculous'

Former hostage John McCarthy has voiced his concern over violent scenes in Homeland, the hit drama about a US war hero turned by al Qaida, and dubbed part of the show's plot "ridiculous".

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis star in 'Homeland'

Former Lebanon hostage John McCarthy slams US drama Homeland, calling it's depiction of captivity 'ridiculous' and 'grotesque'

McCarthy was held hostage for five years in Lebanon after being seized by Islamic Jihad

Sweet Tooth, By Ian McEwan

A beautiful blonde MI6 agent falls for an author she's sent to recruit – one who suspiciously resembles a young Mr McEwan

Action man: Jeremy Renner as super-agent Aaron Cross

The Bourne Legacy (12A)

In a film about cover-ups, the tagline of this fourth Bourne picture – "There Was Never Just One" – could itself be justly accused of concealing a more prosaic truth: "We needed to cook something up once Matt Damon bailed on the franchise." If you've not seen any of the previous adventures of the rogue superagent Jason Bourne, you'll struggle to make sense of The Bourne Legacy. Even if you have seen them it will be a test of your recall, and you'll probably find the law of diminishing returns exerting an irresistible pressure.

Wikileaks: Prosecuting lawyers in the Bradley Manning case ordered to hand over key documents

Prosecutors in the trial of Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with passing state secrets to Wikileaks, have been ordered to hand over key documents which they have been accused of hiding from his defence team.

What do these people have in common? (Clockwise from top left): CIA Director David Petraeus, Tory MP Louise Mensch, General Sir Mike Jackson and our own Terence Blacker

Internet 'troll' who targeted Louise Mensch escapes with suspended sentence

The man who sent threatening messages to people including the Conservative MP Louise Mensch and The Independent's columnist Terence Blacker avoided jail but received a suspended sentence and an order not to contact his high-profile victims again.

Louise Mensch's internet 'troll' Frank Zimmerman avoids jail

An internet "troll" who sent a threatening email to a Conservative MP was banned today from contacting a host of celebrities - including Lord Sugar.

Al-Qa'ida deputy 'target of CIA drones'

Al-Qa'ida's second in command in Pakistan was in a house hit by a US drone strike, according to intelligence officials, but they do not know whether he was killed.

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