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

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The US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, appealed directly to Europeans yesterday to support the war in Afghanistan, warning that violence and terrorism would increase if Nato was defeated there.

Karzai vows justice will be done 'in the right way' for Pervez

Afghanistan's President has promised justice for Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, raising hopes that the condemned student journalist will be freed.

Nato allies divided on how to tackle growing Afghan crisis

The growing crisis in Afghanistan is expected to come into the open this week as Nato allies argue over troop reinforcements and the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, visits London to seek a new UN "super-envoy", after Kabul rejected the choice of Lord Ashdown.

Germany rejects US demand to increase Afghan deployment

A bitter diplomatic row between Germany and the United States deepened yesterday after Berlin flatly rejected demands from Washington that it deploy troops in war-torn southern Afghanistan and angrily dismissed the request as "impertinent" and a "fantastic cheek".

Leading Article: Victims at the heart of the struggle

Fears that Afghanistan was beginning to slip from the world's attention have been dispelled by a combination of savage reports on conditions in the country and a growing rift between the allies on how to pursue the war.

HIV rise blamed on complacency

A record number of gay men were diagnosed with HIV last year, fuelling concerns that a dangerous complacency has set in about the virus that causes Aids.

Bizarre case of the CIA man, the hostage and a desert suicide

A British businessman worked as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and had been involved in negotiations to free the church envoy Terry Waite from kidnappers in the Middle East, a coroner's inquest was told yesterday.

Bogus reports to White House heap new shame on CIA


Leading Article: Harsher reality of 'success' in Korea

HOW sweet it would be to believe that the mediation of Jimmy Carter had induced reason in the breast of Kim Il Sung and that the nuclear threat over Korea had passed. Mr Carter is surely the finest former president the United States possesses. His commitment to conflict resolution deserves high praise. President Clinton has been quick to detect signs of hope after Mr Carter's intercession with the Great Leader of Pyongyang. But while Kim Il Sung may be an elderly dictator, he obviously lacks nothing in brinkmanship, Saddam- like resilience and a steely determination to stay on the dangerous course he has charted.

Return of the cold warriors: The CIA should have been horrified at the recent discovery of a top-level mole within its ranks. Instead, the agency seems jubilant. Paradoxically, proof of the continued activity of Russian spies is being used by the CIA as much-needed justification for its existence

THERE WAS no mistaking the note of satisfaction emanating last week from the CIA's headquarters in its secluded woodland site outside Washington, overlooking the Potomac river. It had just been revealed that the CIA's head of Soviet counter-intelligence, Aldrich Ames, had allegedly been selling the agency's most intimate secrets to the KGB and its successor, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, for at least 10 years.

CIA ineptitude allowed double-agent through net

THE mole-hunt itself was a mixture of old and new which the theatre could not have bettered: a story of traditional sleuthing, signal sites and dead drops, blended with electronic eavesdropping by the FBI. But however spectacular the unmasking of Aldrich 'Rick' Ames, it cannot conceal a grave failure of American intelligence.

KGB 'recruited hundreds' of American spies: Author says Soviet Union penetrated top levels of US government

AS THE tangled secrets of the Cold War unfurl, allegations have surfaced suggesting that the KGB penetrated the upper levels of the United States government far more effectively than anyone has previously acknowledged.

Scrap the industrial spy

THE FLIRTATION by Western intelligence agencies with the concept of a new era of industrial espionage to give their nations competitive edge should be nipped in the bud.

Border raids by Iraq fuel anger in US

TENSIONS between Iraq and the United States were rising to crisis levels once again yesterday as Iraqi personnel made a second illegal incursion in as many days into a United Nations compound just inside Kuwaiti territory.

Iraqi threat after jet shot down: US patrol intercepts two MiGs over no-fly zone

THE UNITED STATES and Iraq were again in open conflict yesterday after an American fighter shot down an Iraqi jet over the country's southern no-fly zone. An Iraqi statement threatened 'suitable' action to respond to 'this aggression over our national territory'.
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