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While politicians agonise over the size of the Government’s debt, one of the most expensive publicly funded projects in recent years is quietly getting under way.

A photo issued by The National Archives which apparently showing a 'UFO' by Stonehenge, Wiltshire

The (not so) real life X-Files: Chinese lanterns responsible for surge of UFO sightings, files from MoD reveal

Abductions, extra-terrestrial invasions and the man who had lived with an alien "for some time" - newly declassified files reveal the phone calls patient staff at the MoD received on a typical day

Margaret Hodge described some of the payments as 'obscene'

£28m bill for ‘gagging’ ex-public officials

Civil servants receive large severance payments for signing ‘compromise agreements’ on exit

Relatives of three men killed by roadside bombs while in Snatch Land Rovers can pursue damages under the Human Rights Act

Supreme Court ruling that soldiers have the right to life even in war zones will have major ramifications for MoD

Relatives of three men killed by roadside bombs while in Snatch Land Rovers can pursue damages under the Human Rights Act

Army job cuts: 4,480 soldiers made redundant by MoD

Government is attempting to cut number of regulars from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018

Leading Army officers warn that Government spending cuts to the Armed Forces may be 'dangerous'

Chief of General Staff General Sir Peter Wall and shadow Defence Minister Kevan Jones among those urging caution over savings to be laid out in the 2015/16 spending review

A gay former soldier has claimed that Prince Harry saved his from a homophobic attack from members of a rival regiment

Prince Harry saved gay soldier from homophobic abuse in the Army, claims new book

Captain Wales reportedly diffused tensions with members of a rival regiment over comrade's sexuality

The Pawnbroker logo hangs outside a pawn shop in Walthamstow in London, England

Austerity to last until 2020: expect hard times for a decade, say think tanks

'We are still as far away from the target of balancing the deficit as we were in 2010'

The move to transfer detainees comes after allegations that up to 90 Afghans were being held 'illegally' at Camp Bastion

British forces to hand detainees back to Afghanistan authorities

Decision follows claims last week that up to 90 Afghans were being held 'illegally' at Camp Bastion

£600m contract to maintain Royal Navy's ships and submarines will secure 500 jobs, says MoD

A £600m contract to maintain the “eyes and ears” of the Royal Navy's ships and submarines is expected to secure more than 500 UK jobs, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today.

A floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich

A worrying new face of the terror threat to the UK

Islamists had for a while been uploading video footage on the internet of prisoners being beheaded by their captors. It was most prevalent in Iraq and has spread to other parts of the world where ferocious jihad was being waged.

Danny Nightingale (right) with his wife and father

Army urged to drop retrial of SAS sergeant, Danny Nightingale

MOD lawyers pressed on with prosecution of soldier over souvenir pistol despite medical report that could exonerate him

David Cameron during a visit to troops in Afghanistan last December

David Cameron sparks fury after he hints that overseas aid budget could be switched to MoD

Charities reacted angrily tonight after David Cameron hinted that part of the Government's overseas aid budget could be switched to the Ministry of Defence.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale and his wife Sally after his conviction was overturned

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale faces retrial for illegally possession of pistol and ammunition

He loses last-minute claim that prosecutors acted improperly

Money from health and education budgets could be 'reclassified' to protect defence spending from cuts

Hundreds of millions of pounds from ring-fenced Whitehall health and education budgets could reportedly be “reclassified” to protect Britain’s Armed Forces from the next wave of Treasury spending cuts.

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