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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.

UK troops engaged in Operation Moshtarak

British troops were today engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan as Operation Moshtarak got under way.

Staying on: The last Brits in Iraq

Most people think Britain’s military involvement in Iraq is over. But for the forgotten Royal Navy and Royal Marine teams that remain in the country, the truth is very different indeed

Nato-led troops launch major offensive in Afghanistan

A major offensive was underway last night in Afghanistan as Nato forces launched a series of attacks designed to drive out the Taliban.

Nato's show of force is also about winning hearts and minds

The decision to publicise the imminent offensive in Afghanistan is all part of the strategy, says Kim Sengupta

The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps, By William Styron

My father – an Irish Catholic from a working-class corner of Brooklyn – joined the Marine Corps shortly after Pearl Harbour Day (7 December 1941). He signed up with five friends from his neighbourhood, Prospect Heights. They were shipped out to do basic training, then dispatched to a piece of Pacific property called Okinawa. Of the six Prospect Heights kids who joined the Corps (as my Dad always called it), only my father survived. In the ensuing decades, when I would often question him about his years in the armed services, he would remain profoundly tight-lipped about what exactly went down in Okinawa – except to say that being a Marine was the most formative experience of his life.

British troops move on Taliban stronghold

The mission to capture Marja, the largest Taliban strongholds in Helmand, has begun with British forces clearing insurgent positions in an airbourne assault.

Defence firm halts 'Biblical' rifle sights

An American defence contractor said today it would stop stamping Bible references on combat rifle sights sold to the US Army and Marines and the Australian and New Zealand military.

Robert Fisk’s World: The stakes get higher as Arab princes try to outdo each other

Do the Saudis not have the slightest idea of what is going on around them?

Patrick Cockburn: The US is failing Haiti – again

There is nobody to co-ordinate the most rudimentary relief and rescue efforts

Andrew Buncombe: A country so poor the people buy mud to eat

The timelines that show the slew of natural disasters to have befallen Haiti in two centuries since it secured independence from France give an indication of the vulnerability of the Caribbean nation to the forces of extreme weather.

Journalist's body flown home

The body of Sunday Mirror defence correspondent Rupert Hamer, the first British journalist to be killed in Afghanistan, returned to the UK yesterday.

Sunday Mirror journalist killed in Afghan blast

The defence correspondent of the Sunday Mirror newspaper has become the first British journalist to be killed while covering the war in Afghanistan.

Rupert Cornwell: Another blow for the agency caps a miserable 2009

The loss of seven, perhaps more, CIA operatives at Base Chapman caps what has been a miserable year for the most important American intelligence agency, even by its own unhappy recent standards.

Patrick Cockburn: Threats to Yemen prove America hasn't learned the lesson of history

Extraordinarily, the US is making exactly the same mistake as in Iraq and Afghanistan
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Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
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Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

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Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

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New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

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Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

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Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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