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China has accused US media of using the opportunity to 'hype' China threat

A new jail for Bradley Manning – but the controversy rages on

Private Bradley Manning left his tiny cell in a United States Marine Corps prison for a long-term military detention centre in Kansas yesterday, as the Pentagon tried to cut short a deepening controversy that was turning into a stain on the reputation of Barack Obama's administration.

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning to be moved to new prison

The US army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved from a Marine jail south of Washington to a state-of-the-art facility at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Pentagon officials said more extensive mental, emotional and physical health care will be available.

McChrystal cleared by Pentagon inquiry

General Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of US forces in Afghanistan who was sacked after giving a controversial interview to Rolling Stone magazine last year, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a Pentagon inquiry.

US forces kept 50 miles away from Japan nuclear plant

US forces in Japan are not allowed within 50 miles (80 km) of a crippled nuclear power plant, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, outlining a larger no-go zone than the one Japan has recommended amid fears about the spread of radiation.

Stephen Foley: EADS should have won the Air Force deal before: it should appeal this time

US Outlook: The saga of the US Air Force's effort to replace its fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers has had all the drama, cliffhangers and improbable plot twists of a prime-time soap opera. Let's hope that wasn't the last episode.

Guantanamo: Bin Laden's cook to be freed early

Osama Bin Laden's former cook and driver, who was convicted at a war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo, has had his prison sentence reduced from 14 years to two years by a Pentagon official.

Ike was right all along: The danger of the military-industrial complex

Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower warned of the danger of the 'military-industrial complex'. The huge budget and reach of America's modern defence industry has proved him correct, says Rupert Cornwell

Pentagon faces $78bn cuts

The pentagon has announced plans to cut $78bn (£50bn) in US defence spending over five years, including a reduction of 47,000 troops.

US carrier captain made 'bawdy' videos

The captain of an American aircraft carrier has been relieved of his command after circulating bawdy videos among his crew that featured slurs against homosexuals, simulated masturbation and toilet humour.

Body of Pentagon official in landfill site

police in Delaware are investigating the murder of a former Pentagon official after his body was found in a rubbish dump.

Pentagon report puts pressure on Republicans over gay troops

The drive to allow gays and lesbians openly to join the US military for the first time was set to get a significant boost last night as the Pentagon unveiled the results of a study showing that soldiers who are already serving either support the move or do not care enough about the issue to oppose it.

Was a missile fired off the coast of California?

The US Defence Department said yesterday it was trying to determine if a missile was launched on Monday off the coast of southern California and, if so, who might have fired it.

Torture, killing, children shot – and how the US tried to keep it all quiet

The largest leak in history reveals the true extent of the bloodshed unleashed by the decision to go to war in Iraq – and adds at least 15,000 to its death toll

US court setback for gays in military

A Federal appeal court has frozen a judge's order halting the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, even as the Pentagon has announced it will accept openly gay recruits.

Cultural Life: Alan McGee, Creation Records founder

Music: I don't really like music any more. I bought The Coral; the single's brilliant but the album's OK. I bought David Rawlings because he's Gillian Welch's guitarist – I heard one of the songs called "Method Acting" and it's a cover of a Conor Oberst song. But the album's not very good. The one record I liked this year – and I'm shocked to say it as I managed them for years – is Carl Barat's album – it's a complete departure. It's like Scott Walker and Kevin Rowland –it's the best record Carl's ever made.

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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