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Alleged Army whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning appeared at a pretrial hearing this week, only the third time he has been seen by the public since he was arrested two years ago. As the defense, prosecution and court officials reviewed the charges against Manning, author and reporter Denver Nicks (above) spoke about Manning’s life before the arrest.

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On Oct. 3, 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Chen died of a gunshot wound to the head in southern Afghanistan. The Army initially called his death a suicide. The back story now involves eight of his fellow soldiers who allegedly subjected Chen to race-based hazing.

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Just days after an Israeli private security guard killed a Palestinian man and wounded four others, the Israeli navy fired upon a Palestinian fishing boat near Gaza and killed one fisherman. --JCL

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The U.S. military, despite reports to the contrary, has continued to rely on a secret private spy network, akin to a Blackwater with brains, that has provided a stream of intelligence to military forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan for more than a year.

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A hacker using the alias "Neo" has attained almost cult status in Latvia after releasing through Twitter the confidential financial data of allegedly corrupt banks and state-owned companies that profited from the global recession.

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President Bush signed off Monday on the execution of Army Pvt. Ronald Gray, who has been on the U.S. military's death row since 1988 for rape and murder convictions. Gray's legal team is expected to appeal, and no date is set for his execution.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson quickly switched to damage-control mode Wednesday after Fox News picked up a "crude" and "private" comment that Jackson made about Barack Obama when he thought wasn't being recorded. Multiple updates.

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The folks at Blackwater and other private security outfits in Iraq encountered a dramatic setback Wednesday after an Iraqi minister announced that private guards will no longer be given immunity from U.S military and Iraqi law, ending more than five years of unregulated mercenary violence in the country.

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Any lingering question as to whether Blackwater USA security contractors were to blame in the Sept. 16 shootout in Baghdad that left 11 Iraqis dead and 12 wounded may be cleared up by a videotape of the incident, which was reportedly filmed from a nearby police station.

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The latest Blackwater USA scandal, in which privately contracted American security troops gunned down innocent bystanders in Baghdad, might cause the Iraqi government to finally give firms like Blackwater their marching orders -- if only it could command the power to order these mercenary operations out of the country.

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