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The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training

Syrian rebels 'seize airport near Iraqi border'

Rebels have captured an airport used by Syria's military near the Iraqi border, activists said, a move which they said would allow them to maintain their hold on the recently seized border town of Albu Kamal.

Iranian nuclear ambitions will be top of the agenda for David Cameron in Saudi Arabia

Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be top of the agenda when David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia tomorrow during a three-day visit to the Gulf and the Middle East.

Pure shores: Fishermen paddle off from Kennedy Island

Where to go in 2013: Solomon Islands

Why go in 2013? Because, eventually, the outside world will wake up to these islands

Joe Kittinger: The man from mission control who knew what daredevil was feeling

Felix Baumgartner has the headlines but there would be no record without his boyhood hero, who was, by some measure, the first man in space. “I could see for 450 miles and up to where the sky is black,” Joe Kittinger recalls of his mission in August 1960. “It's beautiful but you know right outside your suit there's vacuum and, without protection, you're dead.”

BAE strives to calm its backers after deal fails

BAE Systems launched a charm offensive yesterday as the defence giant promised to hold meetings with investors to discuss its strategy following the collapse of its proposed £30bn merger with EADS.

Militants storm key nuclear base in Pakistan

Pakistan's military suffered an embarrassing blow yesterday when militants stormed an air force base reportedly linked to the country's nuclear weapons arsenal and launched a gun battle that lasted several hours.

Syrian rebel fighters near Syria’s second city of Aleppo yesterday

Syria fighter jet crashes

Rebels in eastern Syria said they downed a government fighter jet today, but state television said the plane crashed due to technical difficulties.

Five-Minute Memoir: Julia Gregson recalls the moment her war-hero father became a poet

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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

When a judge ruled that residents of Fred Wigg Tower in east London would have to put up and shut up over the siting of a missile battery on their roof, justifications included the resonant, almost archaic, "defence of the realm". You can argue until kingdom come whether the Olympics should present a security threat of that order – ministers keep reiterating that they are about sport not security – but after the Black September attack in Munich 40 years ago, and the temptation for the aggrieved to seek spectaculars to rival 9/11, it does not seem unreasonable for any government to treat the Games as a potential target. It would rather be remiss if it did not.

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

From prisoner to president: Islamist Mohamed Morsi wins Egyptian vote

Crowds in Tahrir Square rejoice after Mohamed Morsi is finally declared victor after a week of uncertainty. Alastair Beach reports from Cairo

Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square shout slogans against the Egyptian military council after Friday prayers yesterday

Egypt in crisis as voters choose between Islamist and old regime

Calls for boycott of poll following court decision to dissolve parliament, seen as 'coup by law'

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BAE signs £1.6bn Saudi jets deal

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £1.6 billion contract to supply Hawk aircraft to Saudi Arabia, preventing more than 200 potential job losses at one of its factories.

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The Tate Modern will next year stage the first major UK exhibition devoted to Roy Lichtenstein in 20 years, its most comprehensive retrospective of the celebrated pop artist. The exhibition, which opens next spring, will bring together 125 of the artist's definitive paintings and sculptures.

Typhoon jets arrive for military test for Olympics security

RAF Typhoon jets arrived at an air base in London today in preparation for the Olympic Games as military chiefs said they were ready to react to a "9/11-type attack".

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