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The Government has downplayed reports that it is considering controversial plants to annex its Trident nuclear base in Scotland amid a storm of protests from Scottish politicians.

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A £600m contract to maintain the “eyes and ears” of the Royal Navy's ships and submarines is expected to secure more than 500 UK jobs, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said today.

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Manuel Pellegrini will leave Malaga at the end of the season amid speculation he will join Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini confirms his exit from Malaga to open door to Manchester City job

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Deep blue yonder: UK tourist trail extends  all the way to seabed

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Comedy star Caroline Aherne is to be among the cast of voices for a new animated children's series for the BBC.

David Cameron argued that the “worrying and threatening” noises from North Korea showed that a full-scale Trident renewal was “the best insurance policy” against nuclear blackmail.

Unions warn Ed Miliband scrapping Trident will cost 13,000 jobs

Labour leader faces big decision on whether to back £25bn renewal of nuclear deterrent

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Deals worth more than £500m to run baggage handling at Heathrow and weapons handling for an international client saw the FTSE 100 support group Babcock International declare yesterday that it will hit City expectations for the year to April.

International Space Station photograph captures giant 'underwater' wave spread over hundreds of miles in the Caribbean Sea

Image was captured from the International Space Station

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