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    1. December 11, 2014

      CIA made serious mistakes, says Brennan

      The director of the CIA admitted that the agency made serious mistakes in how it ran a programme to interrogate terror...

    2. October 30, 2014

      Until we understand Isis, we cannot hope to defeat it

      It is time to admit the inadmissible: the west is not yet equipped to dismantle Isis. Our weaknesses are its strengths. Too...

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      Cyber attacks on the likes of eBay, Yahoo and US retailer Target have raised public co...
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    1. September 4, 2014

      Isis sends a gruesome message but reveals little about itself

      When Osama bin Laden wanted to deliver a message to the west, he summoned a journalist or a television network. Before the...

    2. June 30, 2014

      Isis Q&A: why ‘caliphate’ declaration is an effort to topple al-Qaeda

      On Sunday, the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) – whose campaign of terror has...

    3. Business Blog

      June 18, 2014

      Chilling management logic behind Isis's annual terror reports

      Isis infographic detailing attacks by type (Institute for the Study of War) Chilling though it is to read how the Islamic...

    4. The A-List

      June 1, 2014

      Pakistan’s polio disgrace

      For a country of 200m, with a modern economy, an elected democratic government, nuclear weapons and one of the largest...

    5. The World

      May 23, 2014

      Empty symbolism of UN's blacklist of Boko Haram

        Nigerian teachers at a rally in Lagos protesting against the abduction of 200 schoolgirls and the killing of 173 of their...

    6. April 18, 2014

      ‘The Wrong Enemy’, by Carlotta Gall; ‘Magnificent Delusions’, by Husain Haqqani

      The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan 2001-2014, by Carlotta Gall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, RRP$28, 352 pages...

    7. March 26, 2014

      Bin Laden son-in-law found guilty

      Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was convicted on Wednesday by a federal court in New York of conspiring to kill Americans, the...

    8. The World

      January 12, 2014

      McCain on Gates on McCain

      By Richard McGregor in Washington After sensitive details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden began leaking, an...

    9. Material World

      January 10, 2014

      Tiffany joins hottest fashion trend: documentaries

      Getty Images Following Vogue (The September Issue), Gucci (The Director), Bergdorf Goodman (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s),...

    10. January 9, 2014

      US feared threat from ‘virtual bin Laden’

      US intelligence experts were worried that Osama bin Laden would be reincarnated in an “immortal” form: as a virtual avatar,...

    11. November 28, 2013

      Review: Dirty Wars

      Dirty Wars should be more shocking than it is. Richard Rowley’s documentary zones in on the alleged rogue atrocities of...

    12. October 20, 2013

      US offers $1.6bn in aid to Pakistan ahead of White House talks

      The White House has quietly cleared the way for the release of $1.6bn in military and economic assistance to Pakistan ahead...

    13. September 27, 2013

      The sun sets on the west

      There’s a story the American writer PJ O’Rourke loves to tell about anti-Americanism. Covering Lebanon’s civil war in 1984,...

    14. September 17, 2013

      Obama is beginning to sound like a lame duck

      Barack Obama had an eventful presidency. He came into office during the worst financial crisis in three generations, helped...

    15. The World

      September 9, 2013

      Rainbow coalition: Australia's colourful candidates

      Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition yesterday won a commanding lower house majority, ending six years of Labor party...

    16. The World

      August 27, 2013

      Why Syria is not Iraq, despite the shadow

      Should the west intervene in Syria? Whatever it does, it will do so in the shadow of the war in Iraq. Tony Blair, the prime...

    17. August 21, 2013

      US military tested using Twitter to profile civilians in anti-terror scheme

      The US military has been investigating how to track security threats from terrorism to money laundering by mining public...

    18. July 9, 2013

      Osama Bin Laden’s life on the run revealed in Pakistan inquiry

      ISLAMABAD – Osama bin Laden lived in plain sight for almost a decade and was once even pulled over for speeding but not...

    19. May 22, 2013

      Global Insight: Obama’s choice of tools to combat terrorism comes under scrutiny

      Perhaps the one thing that friends and foes agree on about Barack Obama is that he gives a good speech. Republicans roll...

    20. beyondbrics

      May 8, 2013

      London headlines

      * China trade growth accelerates in April * Mexico’s auto boom * Russia and US agree to Syria conference after Moscow talks...

    21. May 7, 2013

      Russia and US agree to Syria conference after Moscow talks

      Russia and the US agreed to hold a peace conference to find a solution to the conflict in Syria, even as President Barack...

    22. May 2, 2013

      Prevention is better than cure when it comes to health scares

      Swansea in Wales is experiencing a serious measles outbreak, with 1,000 cases and one suspected death so far. The outbreak...

    23. April 24, 2013

      US debates between civil liberties and war on terror

      Barack Obama will make a rare public appearance alongside George W. Bush on Thursday, 10 days after the Boston bombing gave...

    24. March 8, 2013

      Bin Laden son-in-law pleads not guilty

      Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who acted as an al-Qaeda spokesman, pleaded not guilty on Friday to...

    25. March 7, 2013

      Bin Laden son-in-law taken to US

      A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who acted as an al-Qaeda spokesman will appear before a New York court on Friday on charges...

    26. March 3, 2013

      Lessons from Iraq a decade after war

      In March 2003 the US and UK decided to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Much has happened since, most notably the wave...

    27. February 25, 2013

      CIA Iran drama wins on Oscar night

      Argo won the Oscar for best picture at the 85th Academy Awards on a night when no single film dominated the ceremony and Ang...

    28. February 22, 2013

      CIA shifts Hollywood gaze to its best side

      If the Golden Globe awards last month are any guide, one of the big winners at Sunday’s Oscars will be, unusually for such...

    29. The World

      February 7, 2013

      Ten questions for John Brennan

      (AP) John Brennan’s confirmation hearing on Thursday for CIA director is shaping up to be a rare moment of scrutiny into the...

    30. February 3, 2013

      Al-Qaeda: The jihadi hydra

      When Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011, a long, bloody and controversial battle seemed to be drawing to a close. The...

    31. January 24, 2013

      Cinema review: Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and The Last Stand

      History sets a man on a plinth. Biography’s job, on page or screen, is to take him off it and render him human. In Lincoln...

    32. January 11, 2013

      Pakistan’s victims

      Rarely has extremism become such an enemy of human health as in Pakistan. Alongside an escalating campaign of indiscriminate...

    33. December 19, 2012

      The pursuit of an Afghan peace deal

      The Pakistanis say it is the belligerent Americans who have changed their stance. The US and the Afghan government insist...

    34. December 19, 2012

      Killings hit anti-polio drive in Pakistan

      A drive to eradicate polio has been suspended in parts of Pakistan after suspected Islamist militants killed eight health...

    35. December 13, 2012

      A juggernaut in Middle-earth

      “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, announces the poster. Unexpected? By whom? Among the great certainties of earthly...

    36. December 3, 2012

      Hunt for bin Laden cuts the CIA clichés

      Britain has MI6 super-spy James Bond, who recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first cinematic adventure; the US...

    37. November 2, 2012

      Campaign sucks hope out of US public

      The winner of Tuesday’s American presidential election is hard to predict. The larger outcome, though, seems clear: a...

    38. October 24, 2012

      Pakistan thrives on conspiracy theory

      It is a well-known fact in Pakistan that Osama bin Laden died in 2006 and that the US commando raid on his compound in May...

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