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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.

Camouflage war-paint could protect soldiers from blast burns

A new camouflage war-paint could also protect soldiers from the searing heat of bomb blasts.

Egyptian tanks and jets to be sent into Sinai against militants

Egypt is preparing to use aircraft and tanks in Sinai for the first time since the 1973 war with Israel in its offensive against militants in the border area, security sources have said.

Ministry of Defence to pay compensation to Afghan boy stabbed with a bayonet by a British soldier

The Ministry of Defence is to pay compensation after a British soldier stabbed an Afghan boy with his bayonet.

The Duke of Edinburgh on watching sport: 'I've never been a dedicated
watcher of anything. I'd much rather be taking part'

Duke of Edinburgh in hospital for third night

The Duke of Edinburgh is to spend a third night in hospital as he continues his treatment for a bladder infection.

Outsourced: G4S has a huge security presence internationally

G4S looking to hire former police officers as civilian investigators to work on high-profile cases

The private firm at the centre of the Olympics security shambles is looking to hire former police officers as civilian investigators to work on sensitive, high-profile cases.

UK troops 'involved in Kenya death'

British soldiers were allegedly involved in the murder of a 21-year-old Kenyan woman, it was reported today.

President-elect Mohamed Morsi, right, meeting Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzuri yesterday

Empowered Morsi praised for army shake-up

Mohamed Morsi was revelling in his surprise new role as presidential strongman and revolutionary flag-bearer last night, as speculation grew that his shock dismissal of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi was a "soft coup" triggered by disaffected army officers.

Lord Browne: David Cameron’s adviser said he was concerned about the loss of leadership in the Civil Service

Summer exodus of mandarins 'has left a leadership vacuum'

Treasury is the worst-hit department as four Civil Service heads follow each other out of the door

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi proves his might by 'retiring' military chief 'for the benefit of the nation'

Mohamed Morsi is revelling in his surprise new role as presidential strongman and revolutionary flag-bearer tonight, as speculation grew that his shock dismissal of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi was a “soft coup” triggered by the swelling ranks of disaffected army officers.

G4S donating £2.5m to Armed Forces

G4S is to donate £2.5 million to the Armed Forces as a “goodwill gesture” after thousands of military personnel were drafted in for London 2012 following a massive security blunder.

Tributes paid to British servicemen killed in Afghanistan

The families of two British servicemen killed on duty in Afghanistan have paid tribute to them.

Soldier shot in Afghanistan 'was a fine young man'

The father of Lieutenant Andrew Robert Chesterman of the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, who died as a result of wounds sustained in enemy action while on patrol in Afghanistan, said today that his family had lost “a fine young man”.

Spanish police arrest activists for 'Robin Hood' raid on supermarket

Police in Spain have arrested five left-wing union activists for their alleged role in a “Robin Hood”-style looting of a supermarket made to highlight the plight of people suffering through the country's recession.

MoD 'sorry' over troops' stored body parts

The Ministry of Defence has said it is “deeply sorry” after it emerged the body parts and tissue of 30 soldiers killed in Afghanistan were kept without the permission of their families.

Egypt's president fires intelligence chief

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has fired his intelligence chief and the governor of Northern Sinai following the deadly weekend attack on troops by suspected militants in Sinai.

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