Secret service supervisor put on leave after accusations of assault

The US secret service has put a manager on administrative leave and suspended his security clearance, after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at the agency headquarters last week.Secret service director Joseph Clancy confirmed late on Wednesday that the high-ranking official had been placed on leave, after the Washington Post reported the […]

Forced marriages blight lives, but criminalising them would not work

This weekend the Sun published a shocking account of a woman whose life has been blighted by a forced marriage imposed upon her when she was just five years old. The story follows the revelation that last year that another five-year-old was among the 400 cases involving children that were dealt with by the Home […]

Afghan finance minister admits doubts over Kabul Bank’s missing $1bn

Serious doubts remain that Afghanistan will be able to recover nearly $1bn (£631.4m)frittered away on disastrous business ventures and now worthless Dubai properties by the disgraced former owners of Kabul Bank, the country’s finance minister has said.Omar Zakhilwal’s admission that “almost everyone” within the international community remained concerned about efforts to undo the financial damage […]

Ladies Auxiliary Donates School Supplies, Assists NMCB 74 Seabees

GULFPORT, Miss. — On Aug. 4, the Navy Seabee Veterans of America Ladies Auxiliary, Gulfport Island X1, presented backpacks filled with school supplies to three families of Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74.The ladies auxiliary has been in existence for only 2.5 years, and as a non-profit organization assists only Seabee families. This […]

Are humans to blame for mass whale strandings?

Of all cetaceans – whales and dolphins – pilot whales are the species most likely to strand themselves. Indeed, their name itself, pilot whale, comes from their propensity to follow a single ‘leader’. This may be one reason for the strange behaviour of about 100 pilot whales that are currently circling off Loch Carnan in […]

DNA retention hampers policing

It is both fascinating and worrying to discover that if you are an innocent person who wants your police DNA record removed from the national basis, you have much more chance if you live in Yorkshire than London, and none at all if you live in Nottinghamshire. In this key area for civil liberties, you […]

Obama Heralds West Point Graduates for Service to Country

WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama praised the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2010 at its graduation and commissioning ceremonies May 22 for choosing to serve their country during wartime at a pivotal time in its history. Recognizing the vast demographic differences among the class’ 1,002 graduating members at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., the president […]

Britain to arm Kurds fighting Isis in northern Iraq

The UK is to directly arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and has sent a senior military officer to advise them, prior to what may be a larger Nato-led operation in the region.Britain has so far been a conduit for transporting non-lethal military equipment and ammunition sent by other countries, notably Albania, […]

Iraq suffers its deadliest month in five years

More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the UN said on Thursday. The figure highlights deteriorating security as sectarian tensions soar nearly two years after the withdrawal of US troops.Violence has been on the rise this year but the number of attacks against civilians […]

Scientists say ongoing weather extremes offer proof of climate change

The bizarre weather of early summer in the US – from heatwave, wildfires, drought to freak storms – is just a sampling of what is to come for 2012 and a window to the future under climate change, scientists have said.Scientists are wary of linking specific weather events to climate change, and this year’s punishing […]