Nazi piece of work: Julia Dietze and Götz Otto star in 'Iron Sky'

The sci-fi movie Hollywood would not dare to make

A spoof film about Nazis living on the Moon has become an unlikely hit, says Kaleem Aftab

US steps up diplomacy to steer Israel away from pre-emptive attack on Iran

America's top general says sanctions are having effect as Tehran halts oil exports to Britain and France

Rick Santorum: Earnings in 2010 $923,000. Tax rate 31 per cent

Santorum is party's poor relation – with a salary of $1m

But wealth of 'poorest' candidate sets him apart from blue-collar image he is trying to project

Carlyle cashes in with ATMs sale to Japanese rival

The US private-equity firm Carlyle is set to almost double its money by selling UK cash systems and automatic teller machines business Talaris to a Japanese rival in a deal worth £650m.

Leading article: Superpowers in search of the next world order

From the sidelines, the view is of the US and China warily taking each other's measure

Barack Obama offers warm welcome to Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

President Barack Obama offered a warm Oval Office welcome to Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping, who is widely seen as the next leader of his country, but warned that as it grows in stature China must recognise it has increased responsibilities to the rest of the world.

Rick Santorum is joined on stage by his wife Karen, right, and family at a Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington yesterday

Republicans shift right as Santorum draws level with Romney

Inevitability of victory by front-runner is suddenly in doubt as conservative rival surges in polls

Newt wants Churchill in White House

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker, is not for prevarication and so his response to a direct question from The Independent last night was yes and immediately. Or at least upon his being inaugurated as President.

Foreigners among 43 NGO workers to be tried in Egypt

Judges in Egypt are to put on trial 43 workers of non-government organisations, including 19 Americans and other foreign staff, for allegedly being involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign funds.

Burmese pythons, descendants of abandoned pets, are thriving in Florida's Everglades by devouring the native wildlife

Rupert Cornwell: Mass invasion of the alien swamp monsters

Out of America: The US loves movies about bizarre creatures wreaking havoc. Now it's got them for real

The Moment, By Douglas Kennedy

The past is a foreign country in more ways than one for the protagonists of Douglas Kennedy's novel. Largely set in Cold War Berlin, this hard-hitting love story tears down the dividing walls between past and present, showing how the course of history can turn in an instant. An author of consistently engaging and clever bestsellers, Kennedy has ranged from Stateside dramas to noirish thrillers. The Moment pulls together both strains in his fiction, marrying romantic tragedy with Le Carré-style espionage.

FBI called in over Arlington cemetery's missing $12m

Nearly two years after the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, admitted it had mislaid human remains and discovered urns containing ashes in landfills, it appears to have lost track of millions of dollars too.

Laughter triggers 'funny memories' that help us to feel positive

The best medicine: The power of laughter

Laughter is the most obvious outward sign of happiness. But is it better for our health than we ever imagined?

It seems that a mistake was made in the marking of round seven, in which Khan had a point deducted for pushing

Boxing: Amir Khan granted rematch by WBA

World Boxing Association vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has confirmed they have granted Amir Khan a rematch against Lamont Peterson.

Buffett willing to show the money to tackle national debt

Warren Buffett is willing to put his money where his mouth is, if only congressional Republicans would join him.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
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