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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

Cameron is confronted by the reality of his Afghan problem

On his first day in Downing Street, David Cameron called a meeting of his new National Security Council to assess the situation in Afghanistan, in what was a very public declaration of how seriously he takes the war. The Prime Minister will soon see the reality on the ground when he visits Helmand.

UN council hits defiant Iran with new sanctions

The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on a defiant Iran today over a nuclear programme the West suspects is aimed at developing the means to build atom bombs.

British troops 'unlikely' to move to Kandahar, says Fox

Britain will almost certainly turn down proposals to move troops in Afghanistan from their centre of operation in Helmand to the Taliban heartland of Kandahar and neighbouring Uruzgan.

Gary McKinnon: 'They can't return me to a place I wasn't in'

The British hacker gives an exclusive interview by email about his fight against extradition to the US

Fighters switch back to Taliban after 'broken promises'

A quarter of Taliban fighters who laid down their weapons in exchange for amnesty and promises of cash have rejoined the insurgency in a damning prognosis of the problems facing Nato's reintegration strategy, a new report claims.

UK cannot deliver on pledged withdrawal from Afghanistan, Nato partners warn

Military leaders say Britain's election should not be allowed to influence timetable for Afghans to take over

Iran seeks friends to fight sanctions

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Obama cuts US nuclear arsenal – but keeps sights trained on Iran

President agrees to reduce stockpile of atomic warheads – and rules out using them on states that play by rules

Letters: Charlie Wilson's War

Forgotten lessons of Charlie Wilson's Afghan war

Leading article: Diplomacy has not yet run its course with Iran

The world should tread carefully over Tehran's nuclear programme

Iranian leader tells nuclear chief to step up enrichment

Televised request by Ahmadinejad raises fresh fears over Tehran's uranium intentions

Military commander says gay ban should be lifted

The top military commander in the United States told Congress yesterday that not only is it time to review the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military instituted by former President Bill Clinton but that getting rid of it entirely would be the "right thing to do".

Mark Steel: Consider the risks before you send your cash to Haiti

All of us must wonder if we'll ever get our 50 quid back

James Moore: The world expects the US to do its duty

In confronting a natural disaster, Barack Obama has avoided the mistakes of his predecessor – so far. But he has to deliver
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but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

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Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

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Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

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