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The Goverment contractors Serco and Capita are among businesses being wooed to salvage the Ministry of Defence's much-criticised reforms of the agency that buys military kit.

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Trident: Does Britain need a submarine-based nuclear missile system that will cost £100 billion?

Ministers argue that having nuclear submarines permanently patrolling our waters has “served us well”

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Government to annex Trident base in independent Scotland? Not credible, says No 10

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.

Ringo Starr reveals 'Octopus’s Garden' is to be turned into a children’s book

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An undated file photo shows Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (AP)

Unexplained shadow 600ft under Pacific could be Amelia Earhart’s missing plane

Experts believe they may have solved the mystery over where aviator’s aircraft lies

Thales to be the 'eyes and ears' of the Royal Navy

The French defence contractor Thales has won a 10-year contract worth £600m to service the British Royal Navy's submarines and ships, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

£600m contract to maintain Royal Navy's ships and submarines will secure 500 jobs, says MoD

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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Chris Durban: I sank a German U-boat in 1943, I was just 20-years-old and terrified

As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Battle of the Atlantic tomorrow, Nicholas Milton speaks to a 90-year-old naval veteran about the psychological impact of fighting the Axis' stealthiest weapons

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

Chilean will leave club and is hotly tipped to replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, who have named Claudio Reyna as their director of football at New York City FC

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

Waterproof guidebooks and underwater signposts to help people explore Britain’s most secluded heritage sites 

Strange Hill High, a new animated TV show from the BBC

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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

£12bn Babcock is a real high-flier

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

A giant squid takes bait in the deep sea off Chichi island, Japan

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Here it is, the monster of the depths, the sea-creature of nightmares, filmed for the first time in its natural habitat: the giant squid.

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