News The NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Office of Tailored Operations, whose existence is rarely acknowledged by the NSA, hacks computers around the world – harvesting data, monitoring communications and even mounting its own cyber-attacks

TAO was established in 1997 to hack into global communications systems at a time when fewer than 2 per cent of the world’s population had access to the internet

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Pakistani policeman protecting polio workers shot dead

Gunmen on motorbikes killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in a north-western village.

Gunmen kill policeman escorting polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen on a motorcycle have shot dead a police officer protecting polio workers during a UN-backed vaccination campaign in Pakistan.

Revenge drama: Jessica Chastain, as CIA agent Maya, hardens as Bigelow’s film progresses

Jonathan Romney on Zero Dark Thirty: Bin Laden hunt opens a whole can of worms

Bigelow's drama about CIA's search for Osama raises torture, but ducks all the tough questions

Under orders: French soldiers being instructed at their Malian air base last week

Don't go to war over a band of zealots

Alarming as the hostage crisis in Algeria is, memories of Iraq teach us that this is no reason to make an already volatile area more unstable

Along with lawyers for Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi and Ammar al-Baluchi, Ms Bormann insisted that it would make it harder to convict those accused of supporting roles

U-turn leaves Guantanamo Bay 9/11 trials in disarray

The Guantanamo Bay trials are in such disarray that nobody may ever be convicted of the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, it emerged today.

Abid Naseer: Alleged terrorist leader

'Al-Qa'ida' terror suspect Abid Naseer extradited to US

An al-Qa'ida suspect accused of masterminding a plot to detonate bombs in Manchester and New York has been extradited to the US.

Jessica Chastain in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Senators slam ‘gross inaccuracies’ in Katherine Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty

Members of government involved in intelligence have baulked at suggestions in the film that torture was used to obtain information in the hunt for al-Qa'ida leader Osama bin Laden

A girl with a marked finger after being immunised in Lahore

Fresh wave of militant attacks sees UN suspend its polio programme

New killings follow the murder of six female vaccinators in the country on Tuesday

Abu Qatada is expected to be freed from Long Lartin prison today

Abu Qatada 'moves to new home' as David Cameron prepares to raise extradition battle issue with Jordan

David Cameron will discuss the Government's long-running battle to have terror suspect Abu Qatada deported from Britain today when he meets the King of Jordan in Downing Street.

The actor Fares Fares on the set of 'Zero Dark Thirty'. Director Kathryn Bigelow's access has proved controversial

First reviews in for Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden Movie

Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director when she won for The Hurt Locker in 2010. Her next film though, looks set to grab even more headlines.

The News Matrix: Friday 23 November 2012

Government stands firm on prison votes

Terror suspect Abu Qatada was released from Long Lartin prison today after winning the latest round in his battle against deportation

Abu Qatada planning to sue UK government for £10 million, demanding compensation for 'extended mistreatment'

Abu Qatada is planning to sue the British government for £10 million, his brother has said.

Abu Qatada has been freed from Long Lartin prison
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