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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.

Reporter's death 'not preventable'

The war reporter Rupert Hamer was the victim of a "cold-blooded killing", a coroner said yesterday. The 39-year-old was the first British journalist to be killed in Afghanistan; he was travelling in a US Marine Corps armoured vehicle when it was hit by a roadside bomb.

Japan nuclear plant breach feared

A suspected breach in the reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials have said.

Fair Game, Doug Liman, 106 mins (12)<br/>The Company Men, John Wells, 104 mins (15)<br/>Battle: Los Angeles, Jonathan Liebesman, 117 mins (12A)

A true story, compellingly acted &ndash; but I don't remember the Iraq war being this predictable

US diplomat calls Okinawans 'lazy'

A senior US diplomat supervising Japan affairs has been replaced for allegedly making disparaging comments about Japanese people living on a southern island where US troops are based.

Scott Ritter: Trial begins for anti-war hero shamed by sex sting

Scott Ritter, the former UN weapons inspector who strived to put the brakes on the 2003 invasion of Iraq by loudly disputing claims by Washington and London that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, was in court in Pennsylvania last night on charges of soliciting sex with a minor over the internet.

Anger at Manning's 'naked punishment'

The young American soldier who has been charged with leaking confidential cables to the WikiLeaks website is being forced to sleep naked in his cell and stand outside each morning to be handed back his clothes because he made a single sarcastic quip, his lawyer has claimed.

A soldier writes from Afghanistan

A serving British soldier in Afghanistan, enraged by last week&rsquo;s news of Army sackings-by email, believes our forces are being taken for granted. He decided to tell The IoS of his feelings...

Osama bin Laden, By Michael Scheuer

How the West got Bin Laden all wrong

Japan promises to bring home soldiers who died at Iwo Jima

The Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, has vowed to bring closure to one of the Second World War's most notorious and iconic episodes, promising to bring home the remains of the 12,000 soldiers still missing after the battle of Iwo Jima.

Green energy plan at military bases

British military bases on the front line in Afghanistan could be run on solar and wind energy in future under Ministry of Defence plans.

Taliban 'killing their own' in bid to wrest back control in Sangin

Taliban gunmen have begun assassinating their own rank and file in a desperate bid to stop a remote mountain valley sliding from their grasp, as well as bringing in new commanders to oversee their fightback in Sangin, Afghanistan's most violent district, The Independent can reveal.

Wes Santee: US runner who came agonisingly close to breaking the four-minute-mile barrier

If, in early 1954, you had made a book on the first runner to break the four-minute barrier, the American Wes Santee, who has died aged 78 from cancer, might have received shorter odds than either Australia's John Landy or Britain's Roger Bannister. Santee was ranked second in the world at both 800 and 1500 metres, with a fast finishing kick. Bannister, of course, got there first, running 3:59.4 on 6 May 1954, and Landy lowered the mark to 3:58 in June. But while Bannister's record attempt at Oxford was structured carefully, with "rabbits" pacemaking him through each lap, Santee was competing for Kansas University, in meets where he typically ran both 880 yards and the mile, and anchored the 4x440 relay. When told of Bannister's feat, Santee was "not exceptionally disappointed", claiming he would be satisfied to become the first American through the barrier, and that he could, anyway, beat Bannister in a race.

Home from Helmand: Why leaving the front line isn&rsquo;t always easy

What is it like returning to normal life after being at war? Terri Judd meets the soldiers adjusting to a more peaceful existence, with all the relief, joy and bewilderment that brings

Monsters, Gareth Edwiards, 93 mins (12A)Megamind, Tom McGrath, 95 mins (PG) Secretariat, Randall Wallace, 123 Mins (U)

Giant octopus with a chemistry overload, a goofball chaser, oh, and a side order of cheese
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