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A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail

CIA backs $630,000 study into how to control global weather through geoengineering

Study part-funded by the CIA to investigate national security implications of geoengineering

The News Matrix: Tuesday 2 July 2013

Leaker asks for asylum in Russia

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Miss Saigon to return to the London stage 25 years after it first arrived

Miss Saigon, the musical that brought a real helicopter onto the West End stage, is descending on London again.

Viktor Kulikov, right, is congratulated by then Russian acting President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony marking Defender of the Fatherland Day, at the Kremlin in 2000

Marshal Viktor: Kulikov Soldier and key figure in the Warsaw Pact

Viktor Kulikov was among the very last survivors of the old Soviet military establishment, a Second World War veteran unswerving in his lifelong communism and suspicion of the West, who rose to be the top commander of the Warsaw Pact and a key figure in the crisis that led to the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981.

Protesters support the WikiLeaks whistleblower outside Fort Meade

Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and the secret trial at Fort Meade: proceedings begin for the soldier charged with leaking national secrets

David Usborne reports on the historic court martial of Bradley Manning which opens on Monday

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were anti-war activists

Pot-smoking, peacenik Bob Dylan ‘unworthy’ of French Légion d’honneur award

Is Bob Dylan “unworthy” of the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian award? The head of the institution which decides on the recipients appears to think so.

Police arrest Rabbi Susan Silverman and her daughter Hallel Abramowitz in February

The women whose prayers anger Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community

The arrest of Rabbi Susan Silverman attracted unexpected attention when her famous sister - the comedian Sarah Silverman - tweeted about it

Dr King on the Mall in Washington in August 1963, at the time of his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech campaigning for racial equality

Special report: Martin Luther King is today revered in death as he was feared in life

The sniper’s bullet only served to increase his power, writes Rupert Cornwell

John Walsh: For Roth, Newark is the home of the archetypal American life

William Faulkner wrote several works about the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Steinbeck mined the possibilities of his native California in the “Dustbowl” years of the Depression. But we have to look back to James Joyce and his love-hate relationship with Dublin to find an equivalent of Philip’s Roth attitude to his birthplace, Newark.

Bicycle suicide bomber kills nine Afghans in Kabul during Hagel visit

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul today, killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave.

Dalels in Westminster in 2011

Ray Cusick: The man who left a generation of children cowering behind the sofa from the Daleks

Michael Bywater pays tribute to Ray Cusick, who died last week, and his invention of a quintessentially British baddie

TopGun for real: war training at Nellis Air Force Base

What can simultaneously burst your eardrums, create stomach churning sensations and cause everything around you to reverberate violently? The answer is simple. Being in close proximity to a series of state-of-the-art military jets taking off from Nellis Air Force Base, USA, feeling the heat from the engines and admiring the glow of their afterburners as they shoot off into the heart of the Nevada desert to take part in the most famous and exacting training exercise in the world.  Welcome to Red Flag.

Yawning gaps in the online archive of Alistair Cooke's work have been filled by fans who recorded his weekly ‘Letter’

Enthusiasts give 620 lost Alistair Cooke 'letters' to BBC

40 years ago, David Henderson was an avid listener to the radio great. Now his treasured tapes are helping to fill a gap in the BBC’s history

As mourners filled Sunday services in Newtown, Connecticut, yesterday, the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting are seen on a US flag in the town centre

"These tragedies must end", Obama tells grief-stricken Newtown as pressure grows for action on gun control

President Obama promises to use “whatever power” his office holds to prevent “more tragedies likes this.”

Senator Kerry emerges as defence frontrunner

In 2004, the then Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, in handing the keynote slot at the party convention to a little-known Senate candidate from Illinois, gave Barack Obama the launchpad for a national career that would lead to the White House.

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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