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Syria crisis: US and Israel test defence missiles over Mediterranean as House backs military intervention

A missile defence test carried out by the United States and Israel in the eastern Mediterranean today escalated tensions across the region and triggered a military alert out of Moscow just as President Obama made fresh headway towards winning congressional approval for strikes on Syria.

Public Accounts Committee attacks MoD over spiralling costs of aircraft carriers

Britain’s aircraft carrier programme faces further spiralling costs and the project remains a “high risk”, MPs have warned.

Sandhurst pharmacy worker sold Army stories to The Sun

A pharmacy assistant working at the Sandhurst military academy, where British Army officers are trained, sold a series of stories to The Sun newspaper, the Old Bailey has been told.

The Ministry of Defence has spent thousands of pounds on calling the speaking clock

Time for a change as MoD staff run up £40,000 speaking clock bill

Civil servants spent £18,804 on calling time service in 2012 - and £6,000 this year, despite bosses attempting to impose ban

MoD criticises report that claims young army recruits perform the most dangerous roles

The Ministry of Defence has branded a new study as “wrong and misleading” that claims very young army recruits are more likely to die because they perform the most dangerous roles.

Jim Armitage: Mandarins may have been outwitted on the probation service deal

Outlook Justice secretary Chris Grayling used emotive language to demand G4S and Serco "purge themselves" after the electronic-tagging scandal. The companies should, he declared, undergo "corporate renewal" before being considered for new government contracts.

MoD to sell old War Office building

The Ministry of Defence is to sell one of its historic Whitehall buildings as part of a money-saving drive.

North Korea agrees to reunion talks after Kaeseong Accord

Families separated by the Korean War due to be reunited at North Korean holiday resort, against backdrop of joint US and South Korean military exercises

Mark Leftly: Audacious they may be, but defence reforms look a complete mess

Outlook Bernard Gray is a yo-yo dieter, but when it comes to philosophical conviction he is as steadfast as the sturdiest dreadnought. Mind you, plenty of those super-battleships were sunk by undetected mines and enemies.

Admiral Joshi, left, meets India’s Defence Minister A K Antony, second left, by the sunken submarine

Divers search for Indian sailors trapped in submarine

Eighteen sailors are trapped after an explosion in Mumbai naval yard

US giants pull out of bid to run MoD buyer

A heavyweight team of US engineering giants has pulled out of the race to run the £14bn Ministry of Defence agency that buys the army's tanks and missiles.

Netanyahu recovering after successful hernia surgery in Israel

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, underwent successful hernia surgery today, but will require several days’ rest to make a full recovery, aides and doctors said.

Daniel Ellsberg, pictured centre in 1973, chose to stand his ground and was vindicated

What if Edward Snowden had stayed to fight his corner?

Out of America: The CIA whistleblower struck a blow for us all, but his 1970s predecessor showed how to win

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Family of military policeman killed in Iraq sues Ministry of Defence for negligence

The Ministry of Defence is being sued for negligence in a landmark case by the family of a military policeman who was killed in one of the most notorious episodes of the Iraq war.

Baroness Thatcher died on April 8th

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The direct costs for Baroness Thatcher's funeral were about £1.2 million, it was announced today.

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