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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.

Kim Sengupta: This is a done deal, but the Lib Dems are unlikely to support it

There will be criticism of the passing of command after all the sacrifices that have been made

British Afghan mission to come under US control

British troops in Helmand province will move under American control as part of a radical restructuring plan being drawn up in preparation for what is being described as a defining time in the war against the Taliban.

US base will not leave Okinawa

Japan's Prime Minister said yesterday that it will be impossible to move all parts of a US Marine base out of Okinawa, risking a political backlash by breaking past promises to relocate the facility off the island.

Kim Sengupta: Nine years after 'liberation', Afghans continue to despair

The country is deep in crisis and the West's relations with President Karzai are at an all-time low

Fess Parker: Actor whose 1950s portrayal of Davy Crockett helped Disney gain a foothold in television

When Fess Parker donned a coonskin cap to play the frontiersman in the adventure series Davy Crockett he became one of the biggest stars on 1950s television. It was a triumph both for Parker and Walt Disney, who had made the groundbreaking move into television by a film company. Davy Crockett (1954-55) was launched as part of the anthology series Disneyland, with one of its strands titled "Frontierland" and Parker hooking viewers with stories that included brutal, hand-to-hand combat.

US troops to take over from British forces in Musa Qala

Afghan strategy changes in 'rebalancing' process as UK soldiers go to Helmand

Task Force Black: the Explosive True Story of the SAS and the Secret War in Iraq, By Mark Urban

It was quiet, too quiet. The tension was palpable as Mark Urban waited for the inevitable attack. He knew too many secrets and had to be silenced. This, after all, was 'Big Boys' rules, the code of the shadowy and deadly world he had dared to enter - the world of the SAS.

Taliban strike at heart of Kabul, killing at least 16

Indians believed to be targets, but Italian secret service officer and French film producer also dead / Militants trying to prove they are still a potent force, even as they are overwhelmed in south by Nato troops

Afghanistan: Under their flag, but still under fire

Despite victories in Marjah offensive, Afghans worry that militants have lived to fight another day

Toll grows as Afghan offensive enters second week

Karzai warns Operation Moshtarak is killing too many civilians

US Marines dropped behind Taliban lines to find snipers

First week of Operation Moshtarak ends with American troops attempting to break down determined resistance

Afghan troops raise flag in key town but Marjah battle not over yet

Reports of talks between Karzai officials and Taliban militants in the Maldives

Nato has struck a blow, but the war isn't yet won

The capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top strategist, deals a psychological blow to the insurgents currently fighting British troops in southern Afghanistan.

Civilians killed as Operation Moshtarak tightens screw

Fierce battles mark third day of Nato assault on Marjah / Rocket system suspended as inquiry launched into accident

Operation Moshtarak: Biggest offensive since 2001 under way

Allies and Afghans join forces to seize stronghold, but what will be the ultimate outcome?
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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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