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PM will be questioned by MPs and peers over UK relationship with US following the intelligence revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden

Former US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned the UK against reducing the size of its military

Britain is a 'first class player': David Cameron responds to ex-US Defence Secretary Robert Gates' claim that UK military cuts could mean 'no US partnership'

The Former US secretary said a reduction in personnel would damage the UK's ability to be a partner with America

Barack Obama received little help from other world leaders at last week’s G20 summit in St Petersburg

Syria crisis: Barack Obama attempts to rally waverers ahead of Congress vote on US strikes

Videos of gas victims deployed along with a media campaign and proxies to persuade public to back Syria military action

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who ordered a review into misconduct by top brass

Pentagon to review perks for top brass

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will examine whether its generals and admirals receive too many perks and said they should receive more ethics training earlier in their careers.

South Korea extends missile range under deal with US

South Korea said yesterday that it would nearly triple the range of its ballistic missiles, allowing it to strike all parts of North Korea and a sliver of China, under a new deal with the United States.

Bill Gates reviews a solar-powered lavatory at the Reinventing the Toilet fair

First he reinvented computers, now Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet

The world's richest man has set himself a new challenge – to improve sanitation for the poor

Women sue US military chiefs over rapes

Former West Point and Annapolis cadets claim officials systematically ignore sexual crimes

US expands its drone war in push for victory over al-Qa’ida

The strikes bring to six the number of countries where the drones have been used. US officials increasingly identify the East African country as a major terrorist base

Leading article: Dangers that lurk when Nato's ambition exceeds its grasp

Even the Arab League seems to be getting cold feet and has joined the Italian ceasefire call over Libya

Obama set to unveil plans to bring 30,000 troops home

President ponders details of phased withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan

US gives Karzai a rare dressing down over 'occupation' rhetoric

Straying beyond the normal boundaries of diplomatic nicety, the American Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, delivered a sharp verbal slap to President Hamid Karzai yesterday for his criticism of Nato's operations in his country implying that the US was becoming weary of it.

United States is talking to Taliban, says Karzai

The United States and other foreign powers are engaged in preliminary taks with the Taliban about a possible settlement to the near decade-long war in Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today, the first official confirmation of US involvement in negotiations.

US warns withdrawal will leave Afghanistan in economic crisis

Afghanistan is so dependent on foreign aid that it could face an economic crisis when the West ends its military intervention in the country in 2014, a United States Senate report warned yesterday, criticising the way the US had sunk billions into unsustainable projects in the shattered country.

Gates sees wider US military presence in Asia

In a parting pitch to Asian allies, retiring US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today that the Pentagon is considering steps to widen its military presence across the Pacific Rim. He said budget woes won't interfere.

The not-so-secret operation: Gates hits out at Bin Laden leaks

Careless talk costs lives, the White House warned yesterday, saying that unauthorised leaks about the special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are now endangering US troops, harming diplomatic relations and jeopardising the country's ability to carry out similar operations in future.

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