News Edward Snowden said that he will not be able to return to the US while 'there's no chance to have a fair trial'

But the whistleblower says he cannot go home when there’s ‘no chance to have a fair trial’

Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in this Shanghai building

Cyber-assault HQ: how US is under attack from this office in Shanghai

Online security firm traces breaches to building occupied by Chinese military

The headquarters of Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas

Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics

Washington, DC skyline, George Washington Memorial Parkway

Win a fabulous 12-night holiday for two to the Capital Region USA

Take the Great American Road trip across Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC 

Manning has been punished illegally, says military judge

A US military judge ruled tonight that Pte Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of stealing secret documents and giving them to WikiLeaks, suffered illegal pre-trial punishment and should have 112 days shaved from whatever sentence he might eventually receive.

Gun enthusiasts fill out their background check paperwork while shopping for handguns at the Nation's Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Gun enthusiasts stock up, fearful of proposed curbs

Gun sales have surged in the Washington metropolitan region and across the nation in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as enthusiasts rush to buy firearms they fear will be outlawed by a fresh push for gun control.

Newtown mourns its dead

Bells toll in memory of school shooting victims

Bells tolled at houses of worship across the country Friday morning — including most prominently at Washington National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — in memory of those who died tragically in Newtown, Connecticut, last week.

Mary Dejevsky: Why I would want to carry a gun in the US

Now is not a good time to admit this, but when I went to Washington as correspondent in 1997, I had two ambitions. The first was to become proficient in Spanish – for demographic reasons that are even more obvious now than they were then – the second was to learn to shoot.

Protesters target the NRA

Protesters target NRA's Capitol Hill office

Hundreds of demonstrators swarmed the Capitol Hill office of the National Rifle Association on Monday to denounce the powerful lobby and push for new gun controls in response to Friday's killing of 27 people, including 20 elementary school children, in Newtown, Connecticut.

The shrine at Newtown, Connecticut

Newtown massacre leads to security assessments nationwide

For Lisa Betts and her husband, the conversation started Friday at their Silver Spring, Maryland home, not long after they heard about the massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff members at a Connecticut school. How safe, they wondered, was the school their two children attend?

Why I would carry a gun in the US

First, there's self-defence. Then the high principle of states trusting their citizens

What we know about the Connecticut school shooting

Key facts from the scene of the shooting at the school in the US state of Connecticut:

Oh, it's not occurring, alright? Ruth Jones stamps out rumours of US Gavin and Stacey

Co-creator of hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey has gone on record to say that an American version of the show is unlikely to happen.

Soldiers take part in a re-enactment at Fredericksburg, Virginia to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that took place in and around the town.

Battle of Fredericksburg comes to life for 150th anniversary

On the second floor of the old brick building on Sophia Street, the three Confederate snipers waited for the Yankees.

African lions are under threat, as their habitat has shrunk

African savannah loses two-thirds of its lions in 50 years

Scientists consider placing species on the endangered list as its habitat rapidly shrinks, raising the question of hunting ban

Show some respect: Funeral directors complain about the behaviour of some motorists

In America, funeral processions get little respect from other drivers

When P.A. Wilson's big, black hearse rolls out toward the cemetery, he leads a procession of mourners whose grief has been cushioned by the traditions of death: His passenger is not dead but has "passed on." They are bound not for a grave but for a "final resting place."

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

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After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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