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British troops on patrol at the Olympic Park in Stratford yesterday

Mary Dejevsky: National security is not something that should ever be outsourced

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrating his victory in Tahrir Square yesterday

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