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Britain’s Babcock beats off US rivals to service Army tanks

The blue chip government contractor Babcock International has edged out two huge US rivals to snap up nearly 3,000 of the Ministry of Defence’s top engineers.

President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet during a trilateral meeting at the G20 Summit

G20 summit: World’s leaders promise to get 100 million more women into work

G20 summit says closing gender gap will boost growth

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks on the final day of the G20 Summit in Brisbane

G20 summit: David Cameron pledges UK will ‘play its part’ in backing climate fund to help developing countries tackle emissions

Cameron risks wrath of MPs sceptical about global warming and opposed to foreign aid

Tony Abbott’s government has scrapped carbon pricing

G20 Summit accepts last-minute commitment to address climate change

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is president of this year's G20 Summit

G20 summit: David Cameron has pledged £1.34m to fight Ebola in West Africa

As well as pledging £1.34m the Prime Minister said the Government would match the £5m raised by a Unicef campaign

David Cameron speaking at the Australian parliament

Cameron wants Jihadi John alive to 'face justice' as reports claim Isis militant is injured

The British Isis militant is believed to be in hospital after being wounded in airstrikes

Vladimir Putin leaves G20 early after criticism from world leaders over Ukraine

The president claimed he had important business to deal with in Russia but many believe he left early to avoid further criticism

David Cameron speaking at the Australian parliament

G20 summit: Britain snubs international union campaign on jobs and wages

David Cameron snubbed international trade unions at the G20 summit in Brisbane this weekend – even though jobs tops the agenda and other centre-right leaders have met them.

David Cameron and Vladimir Putin shake hands at the G20 in Brisbane

G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine

Downing Street sources described the private talks between the leaders as 'robust' and 'frank'

Vladimir Putin in Brisbane

G20 summit: Enter Putin. Accompanied by four warships. To the sound of mockery

'I’m sure that Putin won’t be in any danger,' said David Cameron

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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