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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 

Joe Egan: The last surviving member of rugby league’s ‘Indomitables’

The death of Joe Egan at the age of 93 has severed the last surviving link with the most famous of all rugby league tours. In 1946, with the world still in the early stages of recovering from the War, the game's authorities on both sides of the globe were eager for a British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand to take place as part of a return to normality.

Police at Southampton dock, where a submariner was shot on board HMS Astute, the Royal Navy's newest nuclear submarine, which was on a goodwill visit

Flooding worries for Royal Navy's new multi-billion pound submarine HMS Astute

The Royal Navy's new multi billion pound hunter-killer submarine HMS Astute encountered a flooding problem during sea trials, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Now US Navy is arming drone boats

While the US Air Force's drones have been firing all sorts of air-to-surface missiles and bombs for roughly a decade now, the Navy took a big step toward getting in on the action last week when it launched six Israeli-made Spike missiles from an unmanned 36-foot motorboat.

Prime Minister David Cameron is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf amid rising tension in the region

Britain meets Gulf allies over growing tensions in Iran

Saudi Arabia and the UAE fear there may be attempts to block a vital oil supply route

Dominic Lawson: Prescott is a miracle of political survival

John Prescott is right. That is not a sentence I thought I'd ever put down on paper. The former Deputy Prime Minister yesterday complained that it was wrong for the independent adviser to the Government on policing and criminal justice, Lord Wasserman, to have argued that people should exercise their vote in next month's police commissioner elections, because otherwise "they'll be kicking themselves that they allowed John Prescott to win in Humberside as opposed to someone else".

Tory MP quits to open door for Boris Johnson's Commons return

A veteran Tory MP last night announced he would be stepping down at the next general election. Richard Ottaway, the MP for Croydon South, told his constituency party: “I feel now is the right time to call it a day.”

Patrol vessels: Can they drive naval sales?

BAE and Thales plot course for smaller warships to fight pirates

BAE Systems and Thales are among defense companies increasing their focus on patrol vessels to drive naval sales as countries from Libya to Brazil modernize and expand their fleets.

It's about time: New Yorker reunited with stolen watch after five decades

When Ed Grigor, a resident of upstate New York, finished high school in the late Fifties, his aunt gifted him a gold, 23-jewel wristwatch with his name engraved on it. But soon afterwards, during a stint with the US Navy, he left the timepiece by a sink in his barracks – and when he returned, it had gone missing.

Money goes towards recruiting gunmen and to foreign investors in the pirates' lucrative enterprise

Worldwide sea piracy falls to lowest level in four years following international warship patrols in the Gulf of Aden

Attempted hijackings fell from more than 350 to 233 in the first nine months of this year

Sailor held over cabin gun incident on warship

A Royal Navy sailor has been arrested after entering an officer's cabin on board a warship with a loaded weapon, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

US Navy OKs $1 billion for missile called flawed by weapons tester

The U.S. Navy approved an Alliant Techsystems Inc. anti-radar missile for full production valued at as much as $1.1 billion, even though the Pentagon's chief tester says the weapon's performance flaws "largely negate" its "ability to accomplish its mission."

Defendants boycott 9/11 terrorism tribunal

The military tribunal for the 9/11 terrorism case resumed yesterday without three of the five defendants – the result of a judge's ruling that the men could not be forced to attend the session.

HMS Queen Elizabeth warship is a UK success story, says David Cameron

The Prime Minister told workers involved in building the largest warship for the Royal Navy that it is a “UK success story” as he visited the Scottish dockyard where it is being assembled.

In The Studio: Bruce Lacey, artist

'I'm a satirist and a piss artist. The art world is so serious and pompous'

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Major Roy Bates: The self-proclaimed 'Prince of Sealand'

In 1967, Major Roy Bates, a veteran of the Second World War, decided it would be nice to be royal; so he occupied a derelict concrete offshore WW2 anti-aircraft gun platform off the east coast of England. He declared it the Principality of Sealand – "the world's smallest independent state" – and himself "His Royal Highness, Prince Roy of Sealand." His "country," whose surface was half the size of an Olympic swimming pool and whose "royal palace" was a two-bedroom flat, was in international waters so who was going to stop him?

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