A SWAT vehicle outside the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph as investigators work throughout the early morning hours

11-hour bank stand-off in Louisiana leaves two hostages shot and killer dead

Suspect ‘believed a device had been implanted in his brain’ according to police

Ayman al-Zawahiri and his affiliate Nasser al-Wuhayshi

‘Legion of doom’ phone call prompted al-Qa’ida terror alert

The “chatter” that triggered US terror alerts and subsequent embassy closures was obtained from a conference call held between more than 20 al-Qa’ida operatives, it has been claimed.

North Korean defector to return home in protest

Escapee is prepare to risk execution to expose South Korean discrimination

Daniel Ellsberg, pictured centre in 1973, chose to stand his ground and was vindicated

What if Edward Snowden had stayed to fight his corner?

Out of America: The CIA whistleblower struck a blow for us all, but his 1970s predecessor showed how to win

Reginald D Hunter: The controversial comedian on sex, 'Star Trek' and why he moved to Britain

I moved to England after having a gun held to my face I was in a situation with an old high-school buddy back in Georgia in the US, playing cards and gambling. He was on crack and he caught me cheating. That thing they say about your life flashing before your eyes – it's true. I'd always wanted to see England and I promised myself that, if I got out of that situation, I'd go. I was mad, too, that I'd got busted by a crackhead!

According to the Guardian newspaper, the payments were made in order to secure access to Britain's intelligence gathering programmes.

Americans pay GCHQ £100m to spy for them, leaked NSA papers from Edward Snowden claim

In return for the payment GCHQ was required to ‘pull its weight’, according to the documents which were leaked last night

NSA director heckled by hackers at Black Hat computer security conference

General Keith Alexander makes public appearance in Las Vegas in wake of whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's father considers FBI request for him to visit son in Moscow

Lonnie Snowden has told Russian TV that he needs to know what the FBI want him to do before flying out to see his son

<p>Serpico, 1973</p>
<p>Known for playing characters on both sides of the law, Pacino's next big role was real-life police whistle-blower, Frank Serpico</p>

What makes a whistleblower? Bradley Manning follows in an illustrious tradition of truth-tellers

I spoke to five famous whistleblowers to learn what made them do it

An arrest made as part of the FBI's Operation Cross Country, which saw 76 cities raided

US child prostitution crackdown leads to FBI making 150 arrests

105 young people, mainly girls aged 13-17, freed in three-day sweep across US covering 76 cities, as part of Innocence Lost National Initiative

'A tragic accident in the heat of the moment': new docudrama claims JFK was shot accidentally by a 'hungover' secret service agent

Film suggests that a Secret Service agent, George Hickey, fired one of the bullets that killed Kennedy after a night partying with colleagues

The bird of prey was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Elazig province, wearing a tag marked “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.”

Kestrel suspected of being Israeli spy by Turkish authorities turns out to be just a bird

The bird of prey was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Elazig province, wearing a tag marked '24311 Tel Avivunia Israel'

Stop and Search: It's time for the police to abolish this ineffective and damaging procedure

Research shows that most arrests follow crime reports from members of the public. Stop and Search sours community relations and makes this less likely to happen

Paperback review: The Watchers - A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I

Stephen Alford's fine study begins with an intriguing titbit of counterfactual history: in 1586, Queen Elizabeth I is assassinated, prompting a Spanish invasion after which Protestant England is reconciled to Rome.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) expressed 'shock' at how the multinational giant Huawei established a huge presence in the UK

Huawei 'an unambiguous national security threat' says former CIA chief

Huawei responds, calling allegations 'tired' and 'unsubstantiated'

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us