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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.

Yemen: Seized Iranian ship carried weapons

A ship seized by Yemeni authorities last month was carrying Iranian-made weapons, including material for bombs, explosives, rockets, surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenades and large amounts of ammunition.

German minister, Annette Schavan, to fight plagiarism claim

The Education Minister has yesterday that she would not resign after a university found she had plagiarised parts of her thesis, but would instead to fight the ruling.

Carrier jets chaos: MoD attacked over 'flawed' decision to switch to new Royal Navy fighter aircraft

The Ministry of Defence was strongly criticised by MPs today over the “flawed” decision to switch fighter aircraft for the Royal Navy's new carriers.

New five-year MoD deal for QinetiQ

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a £998m contract for QinetiQ to test its helicopters, weapons and vehicles for five years.

Marching on QinetiQ new MoD tie-up

The Ministry of Defence today signed a £998 million contract for QinetiQ to test its helicopters, weapons and vehicles for five years.

David Cameron with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal at the start of his trip to Algeria yesterday

Defence budget in disarray as minister fails to back up David Cameron's bold spending pledge

Government plans for Armed Forces spending appeared to be in disarray today after the Defence Secretary was unable to confirm David Cameron's apparent commitment to above-inflation budget rises.

A Malian soldier armed with a machine gun

Malian soldiers accused of executing rebels

France defends allies but calls for troops to be kept 'under control' amid latest allegations

RAF jets intercept Russian war planes 29 times in 3 years

Typhoon fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept Russian military planes almost 30 times in the past three years, the Government said tonight.

Admiral Sir George Zambellas to head up Navy and Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford to lead RAF in new senior military appointments

New heads for the Royal Navy and the RAF were among senior military appointments unveiled by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today.

The redundancies form part of the cuts announced in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which will see the regular Army reduced to 82,000 by 2020
Jordan Cobb was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve

Body found in river confirmed as ferry jump boy Jordan Cobb

A body found in a river is that of missing teenager Jordan Cobb, it was confirmed today.

How 'The Sun' jumped the gun on Harry – and vindicated his view of newspapers

"We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H"

Body found in search for boy who jumped from ferry over New Year bet

Police searching for a teenager who has been missing since he jumped from a ferry on New Year's Eve have recovered a body.

United front: President Hamid Karzai, left ,and President Obama met last week

Afghanistan: Can Isaf purge its rising enemy within?

Insider attacks on British troops accounted for 14 of 44 casualties last year, and they show no sign of abating

Cuts have 'clipped RAF's wings in Afghanistan'

Fresh doubts over the armed forces' ability to cope with protracted conflicts are raised today in a report exposing "critical gaps" in air operations.

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

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