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UK police to interview Shaker Aamer in Cuba, as his family send appeals to President Obama

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Syrian rebels start using missiles

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History suggests Mark Carney's real test may come with a new government

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Spying is set to spark new battle lines in the America’s Cup as tempers fray on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. At odds are the €90m Italian team Luna Rossa, backed by the Prada luxury goods house, and the San Francisco-based, Lord knows how many millions Oracle team, holders of the cup and backed by computer software billionaire Larry Ellison.

Young Philby, By Robert Littell

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Editorial: A killing that will rebound on Israel

There have been occasions in the past when it has been hard to penetrate the thinking of an Israeli government; the events of yesterday supplied one more. At a time when instability, or potential instability, afflicts almost all its borders, from Sinai in the south to Golan in the north, one might have thought that the last thing Israel needed was any action likely to fan the flames further.

General David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell and why power never stops men from acting the fool

You're the head of a spy agency... someone's going to spot the affair. Obviously.

Archie Bland: The real scandals are the ones we don't know about

As revelation piles upon revelation in the David Petraeus scandal, the limits of where one thinks it could end up expand too. By the time you read this, we will presumably have been told that Jill Kelley, the woman at the heart of the affair, was being bombarded with lovelorn messages by someone senior in al-Qa'ida, or that Jimmy Savile was actually in the CIA. As the crisis builds, I assume those who chose the less-than-discreet Petraeus to lead the intelligence organisation can only think: we probably should have gone with a spy.

A March 2012 photograph of Edward Devenney covering himself up as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court

Royal Navy submariner Edward Devenney remanded in custody after admitting meeting 'Russian secret agents' to discuss UK military intelligence

A Royal Navy submariner who tried to pass on secret information to Russian agents has been remanded in custody after admitting his crime.

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