News Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused the country's national broadcaster ABC of being unpatriotic

Mr Abbott is infuriated by ABC's revelation that intelligence agencies tapped the phone of the Indonesian President and by allegations that asylum-seekers were mistreated by navy personnel 

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Lawrence Tynes, Greenock-born kicker for the New York Giants

Super Bowl caps UK's growing gridiron fever

Millions of Brits expected to watch tonight's final

Navy 'sends submarine to Falklands'

The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the Falkland Islands amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, it was reported today.

The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless

Royal Navy destroyer set for Falklands

One of the Royal Navy's most advanced new warships is being sent to the Falkland Islands, the Ministry of Defence said today.

HMS Daring, which left Portsmouth for Suez this month, could be diverted to the Gulf

UK ready to send more warships into Gulf in 'clear signal' to Tehran

Britain could send military reinforcements to the Gulf in the escalating confrontation with Iran, the Defence Secretary said yesterday as the Tehran regime declared it would "defend the nation" against the threat posed by an EU oil embargo.

Raikes, left, shows the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore, the controls of HMS ‘Sovereign’ in 1974

Vice-Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes: Decorated submariner

Vice-Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes won a Distinguished Service Cross in combat in the Mediterranean before a Cold War career in which Britain gave increasing importance to his specialty, submarines. By the time Raikes equalled his admiral father as Flag Officer Submarines in the 1970s, a much smaller Navy had abolished centuries-old traditions such as the rum ration, and submarines had superseded RAF aircraft as the platform for carrying Britain's nuclear deterrent.

Costa Concordia search suspended as ship shifts

Divers searching the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia suspended work today after the vast wreck shifted slightly, but officials said they are hoping to resume as soon as possible.

Scots would get a new passport, probably with the slightly
different Scottish coat of arms

Hamish Macdonell: How would the division work? It's complicated...

Examining the practicalities of an independent Scotland

US Defence Secretary condemns 'urinating marines'

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has condemned as "utterly deplorable" a video that purports to depict four US Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.

Film-makers 'knew details on Bin Laden raid'

An investigation is under way into claims made by a Republican Senator in America that classified information about the killing of Osama Bin Laden was passed to a film-maker working on a project telling the story of the raid by US armed forces last year.

Firefighters spray water on the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine

Russia nuclear submarine fire put out

Firefighters have extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine as some crew members remain inside, officials say.

Iranian spyplane films US aircraft carrier

An Iranian surveillance plane has recorded video and photographed a US aircraft carrier during Iran's ongoing navy drill near a strategic waterway in the Persian Gulf.

Fire breaks out on Russian nuclear submarine

Fire broke out on a Russian nuclear submarine as it was awaiting repairs at an Arctic shipyard, officials said today.

Australian military seeks UK soldiers facing redundancy

In Britain, thousands of defence jobs are being axed because of public spending cuts. In Australia, the armed forces are struggling to maintain staffing levels as they compete with the booming mining industry. Now British service personnel earmarked for redundancy are being targeted by Australian recruiters offering the sweetener of a fast-tracked path to citizenship.

The memorial cruise’s website shows the route, which retraces the Titanic’s maiden voyage

Watch out for the icebergs... cruise recreating Titanic's fateful voyage is sold out

For some, it might sound too much like tempting fate – and for others, it smacks of "disaster voyeurism". But for more than 2,000 Titanic enthusiasts, the chance to mark the centenary of the maritime disaster by sailing on a large cruise ship to commemorate the sinking on the very spot of the tragedy is proving difficult to resist.

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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'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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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

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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

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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