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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.

Judge rejects bid to stop Olympic rooftop missiles

Alarmed residents have lost their High Court battle to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed on the roof of a 17-storey residential tower block during the Olympics.

Farnborough off to flier with large orders

Boeing clinched the first big deal of this year's Farnborough International Airshow yesterday with a firm, $7.2bn (£4.6bn) order to supply 75 of its redesigned 737 Dreamliner planes to Air Lease Corporation, the US plane leaser.

Military veterans parade during an Independence day ceremony in Juba yesterday

South Sudan independence celebrations marred by threat of war

Military veterans parade during an Independence day ceremony in Juba yesterday while tens of thousands gathered under a sweltering sun to celebrate the first birthday of the world's youngest nation – an event marred by dire economic hardships and a near-constant threat of war.

Libor defence: Philip Hammond's comments in 2008 appear to support claims there was no rate manipulation by Labour

Top Tory 'backed Labour on Libor'

Jane Merrick and Kunal Dutta report on the fierce banking row

Wreckage of RAF Tornados found on the seabed

The wrecks of two RAF Tornados lost in a crash in the Moray Firth have been found, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday.

Cost of outsourcing MoD estate quadruples

The Government stands accused of cutting too fast and too quickly after it emerged that the expected cost of outsourcing the management of the Ministry of Defence's property estate had spiralled to at least £40m a year – four times the original estimate.

Manaf Tlass the Brigadier General is said to have helped Bashar al-Assad

General's defection shows Assad regime 'crumbling'

World leaders step up pressure on Russia and China to take a tougher line with Syria

Diplomats pressure Syria as top general defects

The United States and its international allies called today for new, global sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime, stepping up the pressure after the defection of a top general dealt a major blow to the Syrian leader.

Leading article: This country must have an army it can afford

In the next round of army cuts, the first place to look must be the officers' mess

The manpower of the regular army will be reduced from its current 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020

Territorials to fill in gaps as Army numbers cut to lowest level since the 19th century

Forces morale 'fragile' as Government reveals whole Infantry battalions will be scrapped

Anger over troop cuts plan

The biggest cuts to Britain's military strength for decades – including a 20,000 reduction in the size of the Army – will be announced today by the Defence Secretary.

Three feared dead in Scottish RAF Tornado crash

One member of air crew has died and two others remain unaccounted for after two Tornado jets crashed off the coast of Scotland yesterday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Two missing as RAF jets crash in Scotland

A search was suspended last night for two missing aircrew after two RAF Tornado GR4 jets crashed off the coast of north-east Scotland. Rescue helicopters earlier recovered two personnel from the Moray Firth. They were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Their condition had not been confirmed last night.

Soldiers shot by Afghan named

Three British soldiers shot dead by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform were named by the Ministry of Defence today.

Olympics air defence plan given go-ahead

Surface-to-air defence systems will be deployed at six sites in and around London during the 2012 Olympic Games, the Government confirmed today.

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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China's wild panda numbers on the up

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