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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.

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.

Women cleared to serve on Navy submarines

Women are to be allowed to serve on Royal Navy submarines for the first time, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today.

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Leonardo da Vinci, Painter at the Court of Milan, National Gallery, London

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Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, By Mohammed Hanif

This is real life. That thing you slashed was a real cock." Alice Bhatti, a Christian nurse working in a dilapidated hospital in Pakistan's dusty, sprawling metropolis Karachi, barely thinks twice before putting a blade to her wealthy assailant's penis. She is anything but the underdog that her status in such a society would imply. Alice is no frail social outcast battling against Pakistan's misogynistic patriarchy and religious majority. Mohammed Hanif has penned his protagonist as a feisty yet compassionate ex-convict, who bludgeons a corrupt surgeon, tackles extremist Muslim girls at her nursing school, and cares for her patients with endearingly understated zeal.

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Citizen Sailors: The Royal Navy in the Second World War, By Glyn Prysor

This impressive human history of the Royal Navy begins the long overdue process of putting it back at the heart of the war effort, and does so in the words of those who served. Glyn Prysor skilfully weaves first-hand testimony around the chronology of conflict, constantly re-examining the mood and morale of the service through the tense pre-war days of the Abyssinian Crisis, the Spanish Civil War, the Rape of Nanking and Munich to demobilisation.

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Everyone knows the theme to Jaws, but its modern equal is tough to find. Ben Walsh mourns the loss of memorable movie music

Video: Drugs 'submarine' seized by US

US officials have captured a semi-submersible that was being used to smuggle over seven tons of cocaine.

DVD: Submarine, Optimum (For rental & retail)

Best known as Moss from The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade makes a splendid directorial debut with this coming-of-age comedy, which falls somewhere between The In-Betweeners and Wes Anderson.

DVD: Submarine (15)

"Passion rarely lasts, I'm afraid," Noah Taylor's glum marine biologist, Lloyd, advises his son, Oliver (Craig Roberts).

His Majesty's Opponent, By Sugata Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945) – affectionately known as Netaji, "the revered leader" of India's struggle against the British Raj - was an unusual His Majesty's Opponent. He came from a middle-class, affluent Bengali family. Unlike the Gurkhas or the Panjabis, the colonial government regarded the Bengalis as a "non-martial race".

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