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The governor of Okinawa has approved controversial plans to relocate a US Marine base to a less populous area – but said he would keep pressing to move the base off the of the Japanese island altogether.

China denounces Japan plans top increase military defence spending

China has said it is 'firmly opposed' to Japanese five-year defence plan

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British officer rejects blame for Camp Bastion attack that killed two US Marines

Army boss admitted ‘weakness’ but defends the role of British troops

Typhoon Haiyan: Death toll now over 5,000, authorities say

The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 in the Philippines and is likely to climb further.

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White House confirms four American citizens killed in US drone strikes since 2009

The Obama administration acknowledged publicly for the first time that four US citizens have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen.

Newly trained Afghan police at their graduation ceremony in Helmand earlier this month

Afghan forces 'are just like criminals'

Murder, sexual abuse, drugs and extortion revealed in Panorama investigation

'I'm a Marine get me out of here!': Stomach-churning images show US soldiers drinking cobra blood

Soldiers pictured are among 13,000 taking part in an annual jungle challenge

'They were going to rid the world of evil': Vigilante gang accused of kidnapping drug dealer and dismembering him with machete in plan to 'cleanse the world'

Three men, including two former US Marines, arrested and charged with kidnap and murder of  Daniel Delfin

Australia rejects proposal to base a US nuclear aircraft carrier group near Perth

Australia, which tries to tread a fine line between supporting its closest ally, the US, and not upsetting China, its biggest trading partner, yesterday rejected a proposal to base a US nuclear aircraft carrier group near Perth, saying it did not want American bases in the country.

Biggs in 2006: he initially wanted to be a writer

Barton Biggs: Global investment guru noted for his later pessimism

For over 40 years Barton Biggs was the most innovative and successful investment manager on Wall Street, He was also the first "global investment strategist", and one of the first to invest in "emerging economies". In his seventies, however, he became an extreme pessimist, foreseeing the possibility of the collapse of civilisation.

Tueni with a picture of his son Gebran, who was killed by a bomb blast

Ghassan Tueni: Journalist and politician who fought oppression

Lebanon has a way of sending its icons to the grave with rather a lot of honours, but Ghassan Tueni was a brave journalist in an often grubby profession. A man of immense kindness and deep religious piety, he will forever be remembered for his words at the funeral of his assassinated son in 2005: "Let us bury hatred and revenge along with Gebran." He lost his first wife and his daughter to cancer, another son to a road accident and then Gebran to – well, dare we suggest the Syrians? – a bomb which atomised him on the outskirts of Beirut

Medal of Honor: Warfighter – Preview

Not only must Medal of Honor: Warfighter surpass Battlefield 3, but it has to feel distinct from it too, no small challenge for developer Danger Close.

BP shares are lifted by £4.9bn settlement over oil spill in Gulf

Shares in BP yesterday rose by nearly 2 per cent as the City digested the oil major's £4.9bn settlement with restaurants, fishermen, hotel owners and other businesses and individuals affected by the Gulf of Mexico disaster.

Rick Santorum is hugged by his wife Karenafter speaking at a rally in Oklahoma City

Can Santorum clean up in the Bible belt? you better believe it

As Super Tuesday dawns, and Republicans in 10 states begin the biggest day in the nomination battle, Guy Adams sees the staunch Christian candidate hit Oklahoma – and the evangelical heartlands

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