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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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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there