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As a photojournalist, Kate Brooks was used to documenting war zones. Then she discovered a new kind of genocide – the killing of Africa’s elephants

US soldier Robert Bales 'truly sorry' for killing Afghan villagers

A US soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers has apologised in court for his “act of cowardice”.

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

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Sergeant Robert Bales

US soldier to plead guilty to Afghanistan killings

The American soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, as they slept in villages adjacent to an army outpost in Kandahar province early last year is to plead guilty at a hearing next week in an attempt to stave off the death penalty, his lawyer said.

Five US troops die in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan

A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said today.

Iran airs 'captured drone footage'

Iran's state TV has broadcast footage allegedly extracted from a CIA drone captured in 2011.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks with Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, (R) and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, (L) during a visit to Kandahar Airfield

Suicide attack at site of Panetta visit

An American service member was killed and three others were wounded Thursday afternoon when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a heavily armored military vehicle just outside a base where US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta had been visiting troops earlier in the day.

Intelligence chief survives Afghan bombing

The intelligence chief was wounded in an assassination attempt in Kabul today.

Seven US troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

Eleven people were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, including seven US soldiers and three Afghan allies, the Nato-led force in the country said.

Nato says Afghan militant attacks are up 11%

Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 per cent, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics on monthly violence released by the US-led coalition. 

Seven killed attacking Nato coalition base in Afghanistan

Seven attackers were killed today after storming a base of the Nato coalition in Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan.

Suicide bombers kill 22 civilians at Afghan market

Three suicide attackers blew themselves up in the largest city in southern Afghanistan today, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50 others in a dusty marketplace that was turned into a gruesome scene of blood and bodies.

Seven dead in suicide attack on Afghan government compound

A group of suicide bombers armed with explosive-laden vests, automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades stormed a government compound today in western Afghanistan, killing at least seven people, officials said.

British troops shot dead at Afghanistan base

An Afghan soldier shot and killed two Nato soldiers at a base in southern Afghanistan today.

Afghan MPs claim that Staff Sgt Robert Bales did not act alone

New claims emerge about Afghan killing

MP sent to investigate massacre suggests two women were raped but others deny her claim

Afghanistan massacre suspect flown to Kuwait

The American soldier accused of shooting dead 16 Afghan villagers in a pre-dawn rampage has been flown to Kuwait, it has emerged.

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