News A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

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

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Mrs Irina Ivanova, mother of the lovely Ekaterina, the cocktail waitress and model who has so beguiled Ronnie Wood, isn't happy about how her daughter has been portrayed in the British media. "The way she is described is as a Russian waitress," wails Irina, "but what it means is she is a bitch." It will be news to many Russian catering staff in Britain that the terms are synonymous but there you are. Mrs E continues: "Jo Wood said that she is a bitch but she is only 20 –she is just a normal girl." Absolutely. Nothing could be more normal than for a young woman to link up with a 61-year-old legendary booze-hound and shag-monster, pose naked for him and decamp with him to his Irish mansion to live in innocent bliss for ever. What mother would argue with that?

BAE chief detained as US turns up heat in bribes case

BAE Systems admitted yesterday that American authorities investigating corruption claims over an arms deal with Saudi Arabia had issued a series of subpoenas to senior executives, as the investigation continues to gather pace. Two bosses of the defence giant were also detained after they landed at a Houston airport last week.

The Deep Blue Sea, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Premiered in 1952, The Deep Blue Sea is the finest play by Terence Rattigan and a perceptive drama about a relationship where both parties suffer because of an inequality of passion. Terence Rattigan had personal experience of this: the suicide of a former male lover spurred him to composition, and by reinventing the situation as a doomed heterosexual affair, he created one of the great female roles of the modern repertoire.

BAE to shed nearly 600 jobs in wake of failed bid for jet contract

BAE Systems will lay off 584 workers in the UK after the defence giant lost a contract to supply training jets to the United Arab Emirates.

In search of family fun in the Greek Islands

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Isle of Wight: Britain's very own Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix died soon after playing the Isle of Wight in 1970, The Doors hardly played again, and the event itself disappeared for 32 years. Now it's different, says James McNair

Malevich, Kasimir: Red House (1932)

Faces: we can find them anywhere. We're deeply inclined to facial recognition, to perceiving faces in things and putting faces on things. The world for us is full of eyes, noses and mouths, imagined or appended, from the Man in the Moon to the snarling snout of a fighter plane.

Siegfried, Royal Opera House, London

Hail a new lord of the Ring

Aerial show of force fails to reassure nervous Afghan voters

The Kabul air show went on all day. First, about 7am, came the fighter jets. Then, at lunchtime, helicopters flew low, tight figures of eight, rattling windows.

Investment Column: Outlook for BAE is too uncertain

Oil explorer Edinburgh has cash in the pipeline

Lord Bach: If America doesn't play fair, the MoD's man with a missile will go ballistic

He's taken on Gordon Brown and won. Now, the minister for defence procurement is squaring up to George Bush, as he tells Clayton Hirst

A guided missile, a misguided war

US 'kills 40' in mosque attack as Iraq conflict spirals out of control
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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Nick Clegg the movie

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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