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Kim Jong-un kicks off Korean war games with threat to Seoul

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked, state media said yesterday, a day before the start of annual South Korean-US military exercises that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal.

Christopher Tappin with his wife Elaine outside Heathrow police station

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Little at the Code Talkers memorial at Window Rock, Arizona

Keith Little

Keith Little, who died on 3 January at the age of 87, was thepresident of the Navajo Code Talkers Association who travelled the US seeking funding for a museum and veterans centre. He preached about the preservation of Navajo traditions, culture and the language that the federal government tried to eradicate before he and others were called on to use it during the Second World War. He envisioned a place that would house the stories of the Navajo Code Talkers and where people could learn more about the famed group who used their native language as a weapon. The centre is expected to cost around $43 million.

YouTube footage of US Marines apparently urinating on the bodies of Afghans caused outrage

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When they behave disgracefully, the military are imitating a contempt for human rights found higher up the chain of command

US marines allegedly urinating on corpses

Robert Fisk: If we accept these lies about 'bad apples', we accept war

So now it's snapshots of US Marines pissing on the Afghan dead. Better, I suppose, than the US soldiers pictured beside the innocent Afghan teenager they fragged back in March of last year. Or the female guard posing with the dead Iraqi prisoner at Abu Ghraib. Not to mention the murder videos taken by US troops in the field – the grenading of an old shepherd by an Iraqi highway comes to mind – or the massacre of refugees by US forces in Korea or the murder of Malayan villagers by British troops. Or the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry. And please note, I have not even mentioned the name of Baha Mousa.

Robert Fisk: This is not about 'bad apples'. This is the horror of war

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Luke Donald on the18th green after sinking a putt for a birdie

Donald seals double and lets the tears roll

Never has a 50-footer across the final green for an eagle and a victory been so overshadowed. Like everyone who understands the vagaries and rigours of professional golf, the winner Alvaro Quiros would have appreciated why Luke Donald was commanding the spotlight. Here was history to hail.

Luke Donald on the18th green after sinking a putt for a birdie

Donald gets emotional as he sits on top of the world

Englishman pays tribute to his father after making history by completing the Transatlantic double

Julie Burchill: Never mind the Lennox

I loathe London and visit it as little as I can. But on the the other hand, I find it hard to resist the sight of a self-deceiving tool making a spectacle of themselves. So I really do mean to make a special effort to visit the forthcoming V&A exhibition, "The House of Annie Lennox", which runs from next month until the end of February and to which admission is absolutely free. In such cash-strapped times, I foresee many a middle-class Mumsnetter using this outing in lieu of the traditional panto. It will certainly provide the usual prompts for audience debate and participation: "Annie Lennox is a hypocritical cow to criticise Rihanna for prancing around in her scanties when she regularly used to take her top off onstage back in the day!" "O no, she's not!" – "O yes, she is!" – and so on.

White House denies divulging Bin Laden information to film makers

Moviemakers producing a film about the US special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden are getting help from the Pentagon, but the Obama administration dismissed concerns on Wednesday that classified information has been divulged.

US kills Taliban who hit Chinook

International forces have killed the Taliban insurgents responsible for shooting down a US helicopter and killing 38 US and Afghan soldiers over the weekend, the US military said, but they are still seeking the insurgent leader they were going after in Saturday's mission.

Bomb kills 11 at police HQ in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber blew himself up today at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan, killing at least five security officers in a city where Afghans have recently taken control of security.

Joe Morris

Joe Morris, who died on 17 July aged 85, was one of more than 400 American Indians who used the language of their ancestors to relay secret battlefield orders during the Second World War. Navajo code talkers were young Navajo men who used their language to transmit secret communications in every major engagement in the Pacific theatre, including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Morris kept secret what he did during his Marine Corps service until President Reagan declassified the role of the code talkers in 1982. Morris then began giving presentations to schools and colleges.

After five years, UK troops return control of Helmand capital

Kim Sengupta witnesses a key step in transition as Lashkar Gah is handed over

Afghan soldier suspected of killing Briton

A British soldier has been shot and killed in southern Afghanistan in what appears to be the latest instance of an Afghan soldier turning on his foreign trainers, and a further illustration of the problems facing the national army and police as they take charge of the country's security.

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