The Defence secretary Philip Hammond is under Opposition fire for wasting tens of millions of pounds on the failed semi-privatisation of a weapons-buying agency only to “adopt” Labour’s proposed reforms from 2011.

Government set to announce £1bn contract for reactors to power next generation of nuclear submarines

The Government will tomorrow make the long expected formal announcement of the £1 billion contract for reactors to power the next generation of Britain's nuclear submarines.

Royal Death: Nayef, who many thought would roll back reforms

New successor sought as hard-line Saudi Crown Prince dies

Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, the hard-line interior minister who led the crackdown on al-Qa'ida in Saudi Arabia after the 9/11 attacks before rising to become next in line to the throne, died in Geneva yesterday. He was in his late seventies.

British troops in Afghanistan

Troops' injury claims show 20-fold rise

Iraq and Afghan conflicts have led to more than 28,000 military personnel seeking MoD help for health problems since 2006

Second soldier this week dies in Afghanistan

A second soldier has been killed in Afghanistan this week, the Ministry of Defence said today.

Taliban chief Fayez Jan killed in Afghanistan

A Taliban commander has been killed in Afghanistan, coalition forces said.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says the cuts will not affect the mission in Afghanistan

Case for the defence grows weaker as Armed Forces are hit by new wave of cuts

Downsizing gathers pace as 4,000 members have contracts terminated

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.

Army doctor denies covering up death of Baha Mousa who died after being beaten by British soldiers

An army doctor has denied covering up the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa who died after being severely beaten and abused by British soldiers.

Home of the Queen's cavalry to be sold off

Ministry of Defence hopes to make millions from disposal of prime Hyde Park barracks site

Taliban kill four French troops in Afghanistan 

A Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a woman and wearing a burqa blew himself up in a market in eastern Afghanistan today, killing four French troops, officials said.

Victims of a junta’s macho pride: Argentinian soldiers captured after the Battle of Goose Green

The Islands, By Carlos Gamerro, trans. Ian Barnett in collaboration with the author

A march from terror to trauma with the armies of the night

Leading article: Why a civilian should police the police

That the Police Federation regards the nomination of Tom Winsor to be the next Chief Inspector of Constabulary as a "declaration of war", or at very least a provocation, will have come as no surprise to the Home Secretary. But that does not mean that Theresa May made her choice in order to pick a fight – more accurately, another fight – with the police. It might be that Mr Winsor is the best person for the job.

Soldiers with the Pathfinder Platoon

Vote on Scottish independence delays Army cuts

Downing Street is delaying cutting the Army's strength by one-fifth because of unease over cuts to Scottish regiments, according to Whitehall officials.

No 10 squeamish over planned cuts to Scottish regiments

The cutting of one-fifth of the British Army’s strength – its most fundamental restructuring in recent times – is being held up by Downing Street’s unease over cuts to Scottish regiments, according to Whitehall officials.

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform