News Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was fatally injured after being ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft

Flt Lt Cunningham was killed at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire after he was accidentally ejected while his aircraft was on the ground

Sir Bernard Lovell at the Jodrell Bank Observatory

Sir Bernard Lovell, pioneer of Jodrell Bank, dies at 98

Tributes to designer of legendary British telescope and 'inventor' of modern astronomy

London 2012: David Cameron 'confident' that Olympic Games security is on track

David Cameron has said he is confident that security preparations for the London Olympics are on schedule.

Cornwall light aircraft crash pilot Andrew Stillwell-Cox 'may have taken own life'

A pilot who died when his light aircraft smashed into cliffs in Cornwall may have committed suicide, it was suggested today.

Over 1,000 Second World War-era explosives found

More than 1,000 explosives from the Second World War were uncovered following a landslide at a beach last night.

UK returns stolen artefacts to Afghanistan

The British armed forces have returned historical artefacts dating back as far as the Bronze Age to Afghan museums, after they were stolen and smuggled abroad, it was announced today.

Aircraft flouting Olympic airspace restrictions face being shot down

Aircraft that fail to comply with procedures within a restricted airspace zone around the Olympic site in London could be subject to “lethal force” from the military, it was revealed today.

Defence Secretary in tribute to Tornado jet crew

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today paid tribute to three Tornado jet crew lost in a crash in the Moray Firth this week.

Memorial to Bomber Command unveiled in Green Park

A memorial to the RAF's bomber command was unveiled by the Queen today, attended by veterans from Britain and the Commonwealth, dedicated to the thousands of airmen who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Ted Sismore: RAF veteran of daring low-level air raids

Ted Sismore planned and navigated Second World War RAF low-level daylight raids which were the most precisely timed, the deepest-penetrating, and the most appreciated by those for whom they were targeted. His skill freed prisoners and destroyed papers held by the Gestapo, preventing many executions and hundreds of arrests, with the minimum of civilian damage. The raids were made in answer to requests by the French and Danish resistance movements. "The difficulty was to achieve this kind of success without killing a lot of people," he wrote. "It was a very difficult decision of what to drop and how much to drop."

Thousands of armed forces personnel informed they must quit the services

More than a thousand armed forces personnel are being informed today that they must quit the services as part of efforts to control defence spending.

Soldiers face axe as part of defence cuts

Thousands of soldiers will learn tomorrow that they are to be made redundant as part of the downsizing of the Armed Forces.

Severe flooding has affected mid Wales with a major rescue operation under way taking to safety nearly 100 people so far

Residents and holidaymakers await flooding news after night in refuge centres

Residents and holidaymakers were hoping to learn today whether they can return to their flood-ravaged homes and caravans after spending the night in refuge centres.

150 rescued from west Wales floods

A large-scale rescue operation was launched today to get around 150 holidaymakers and residents to safety after a raging torrent of floodwater engulfed communities in west Wales.

Fewer than a third of senior jobs held by women

Fewer than a third of the most senior jobs in the UK are held by women, according to new figures.

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan named

Two British servicemen who were shot dead by members of the Afghan police force in Helmand on Saturday were named by the Ministry of Defence today.

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?