News Reforms are being demanded for the agency that buys British military kit

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.

Robert Fisk: Words of wisdom from an Irish Renaissance man

To Monaghan, then, with its narrow sun-flashed lanes and petrol smugglers and hidden lakes and the North's wind farms on the horizon and the driver telling me that Patrick Kavanagh came from here and me, tired and irritable after the flight from Beirut, saying yes I know that, and then infuriated when the man adds that he's never read anything by the fellah.

Nuclear sub came close to disaster off Devon

A US nuclear submarine nearly ran aground, following an incident in which two of its crewmen died near Plymouth, a report has revealed.

Nuclear submarine incident 'close to catastrophe'

A US nuclear submarine came close to running aground, following an incident in which two crewmen died as it tried to leave one of Britain's main naval bases, a report has revealed.

Iranian submarines sent to patrol Red Sea

Iran has sent submarines to the Red Sea, the semi-official Fars news agency has reported, in a move that could anger Israel.

Album: Arctic Monkeys, Suck it and See (Domino)

Just when the world is no longer particularly bothered about a new Arctic Monkeys record, they've finally released one worth being bothered about – at least in parts.

Tips and deals of the week: 22/05/2011

The flight

Air Canada introduces direct summer flights from Heathrow to St John's in Newfoundland, starting this week from £707 return.

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New nuclear option sought

A study will try to find an alternative to Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent – despite the signing of a £3bn deal for a new generation of missile-armed submarines.

Defence review was 'cash-driven'

The Government's defence review was a cash-driven exercise which will diminish Britain's influence in the world, the former head of the armed forces said today.

Trident alternatives to be assessed

The Cabinet Office is to conduct a new assessment of alternatives to Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent in a fresh concession to the Liberal Democrats, it was announced today.

Strong growth powers Babcock

Babcock international, the defence group that maintains the Navy's submarines, posted a 57 per cent rise in full-year profits, driven by strong growth at its support services and international businesses. Babcock reported an underlying pre-tax profit of £228m on revenues50 per cent higher at £2.89bn for the year to the end of March. The company, which last year bought out rival VT Group, said the integration had progressed speedily and that delivery of the £50m cost synergies was on schedule.

Professor Christian Lambertsen: Inventor of the scuba device known as 'father of the frogmen'

Christian Lambertsen was known as the "father of the frogmen".

Rift over Air France crash victims after body disintegrates

Attempts by a French team to recover up to 60 bodies from a crashed airliner three miles below the South Atlantic have deepened a rift among the victims' families, who are torn over the final resting place of loved ones.

Investigators find black box from Air France crash

Investigators have located and recovered the missing memory unit of the flight data recorder of a 2009 Air France flight – a remarkable deep-sea discovery they hope will explain why the aircraft went down in a remote area of the mid-Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board.

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