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Campaign leader goes head-to-head with unforgiving anchor in 75-minute encounter

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”.

I was lucky to escape with my life. The massacre of Iranian political prisoners in 1988 must now be investigated

Thousands were executed simply for their support of the PMOI

Angela Merkel at the concentration camp memorial in Dachau

'Terror's advocate' Jacques Vergès dies at aged 88

Jacques Vergès, the flamboyant lawyer who earned the nickname the “Terror's advocate” for his defence of former Nazis, terrorist bombers and notorious dictators and their aides, has died of a heart attack aged 88.

Protesters are rounded up near a burnt mosque building

Egypt crisis: Government building in Cairo torched as backlash takes hold

A backlash against the Egyptian state’s war on Islamists took hold today as a government building was torched in Cairo and protesters vowed to continue their defiant stance against the interim government.

Laszlo Csatary

Laszlo Csatáry: Nazi war-crimes suspect, tracked down after 60 years of obscurity

Csatáry was charged with sending 12,000 Jews to Auschwitz to be murdered  by the Nazis

Elizabeth and Robert Maxwell at a film premiere in 1989

Robert Maxwell’s ever-loyal widow Betty dies, aged 92

She is understood to have known nothing of crooked publishing mogul's £600m fraud

Home Office says UK is no 'refuge for war criminals' after 100 suspects rejected by border officials since 2012

In total, 800 applicants were investigated as possible suspects

Almost 100 suspected war criminals applied to live in the UK in the last year and a half

Home Office says UK is no 'refuge for war criminals' after 100 suspects rejected by border officials since 2012

In total, 800 applicants were investigated as possible suspects

Shaun Palmer, in stripes, and other young people from the UK in Jerusalem

The Holocaust ambassadors asked to ensure that the crime is never forgotten

How one charity is sending British children to Israel for an education in genocide that they can take home

Book review: The Dark Road, By Ma Jian, trans. Flora Drew

This river journey through boom-time China's lower depths is worthy of Dickens or Hugo

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed waves from a police van before the verdict

Islamist leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed sentenced to death in Bangladesh

War crimes tribunal convicts key opposition figure for atrocities during 1971 war

Plans to appeal: Beatrice Munyenyezi

US citizen Beatrice Munyenyezi jailed for role in Rwandan genocide

A US citizen has been sentenced to a decade behind bars for lying about her role in the genocide that killed more than 500,000 people in her native Rwanda.

Phil Hughes steers the ball past England’s Matt Prior (right)

John Townsend: At last Phil Hughes finds his place, quietly backstage allowing Ashton Agar the spotlight

Supporting actors win Oscars and he was happy to act his part

This time around, the Army knows how to add its own spin on things

As an army sniper crouched on the roof and trained his rifle on the demonstrators down below, every movement was being tracked on camera.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Army general planning to come out
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
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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
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project