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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.

Residents win court hearing over missiles on their rooftop

Council tenants who have launched legal proceedings over plans to station surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their block of flats during the Olympics are to have their day in court.

DVD & Blu-Ray: John Carter (12)

Holy Tharks, no wonder Disney lost a packet on this, a po-faced action-adventure that doesn't even have the decency to be Flash Gordon camp.

Mary Dejevsky: A new war memorial is what Britain doesn't need e

If any open space in the country is sacrosanct you might assume it would be London's Royal Parks. Yet for many months a substantial chunk of Green Park has been a building site. Yesterday the wraps came off, as the Queen unveiled an imposing edifice dedicated to the memory of Bomber Command.

MoD 'has £4bn of unwanted supplies'

The Ministry of Defence is wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers' money on military supplies it does not need, according to a public spending watchdog.

Metal detector pair strike gold with £10m hoard of Celtic coins

A pair of metal detector enthusiasts struck gold in Jersey after discovering a hoard of Celtic coins worth millions of pounds.

Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have their damages bid considered

Senior judges were today asked to decide whether relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq could pursue damages claims against the Government.

Forgotten War: The 1815 Battle of New Orleans between Britain and the US was one of the greatest victories of future president Andrew Jackson

Rupert Cornwell: Yankees fail to recall the night the British really were coming

Out of America: The 200th anniversary of the war that decided the future of a continent passes unremarked

Defence Secretary told to shut Portsmouth dockyard

Review calls for delay in £5bn warship programme, putting 3,000 jobs under threat

300 jobs at risk as MoD air tanker work moved to Spain

More than 300 jobs are facing the axe after it emerged work on air tanker refuelling planes for the Ministry of Defence will be moved to Spain.

Ian Birrell: Labour's cowardice on immigration

Cyrus Kabiru should have been in Edinburgh next week. He is one of 19 people to be given a TED global fellowship, marking recognition of his emergence as one of Africa's most inventive artists. But he has been barred from Britain. The organisers say such problems occur time and again with Britain. I hear similar complaints from musicians, angered at being prevented from performing here. They are among higher-profile victims of our official hostility to foreigners; a legacy of a stance on immigration devoid of common sense. And it is getting worse. This week, Labour is re-engaging with immigration. So yesterday we saw Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, apologising for her party's failure to introduce tougher controls while in office. This is an important moment. Here is a party that had a Home Secretary who talked of Britain being "swamped" with migrants and a PM who borrowed the language of the British National Party. At the last election, it had the most hostile manifesto on the subject. Yet it feels compelled to say it has been too weak.

People shout slogans in support of Colonel Hassan Hamada in Amman,Jordan, yesterday

Syrian air force pilot defects – and makes his getaway in a MiG-21

Colonel is granted asylum in Jordan after dramatic flight across border

Investment View: Holding action is the order of the day with this defence duo

Over the medium term things are not going to be easy for BAE. That is especially true of the US
Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico

Russia sending warships to Syrian port of Tartus in move opposition groups call an inflammatory act of interference

Russia is sending warships to a port in Syria, according to reports from Moscow. The mission of the amphibious assault vessels was to protect the country's civilians, it was claimed, but opponent's of Bashar al-Assad's regime charged that it was an inflammatory act of interference.

Rolls-Royce to upgrade major UK plant

Rolls-Royce is to upgrade a major UK plant as part of a £1.1 billion contract from the Ministry of Defence to build reactor cores for the next generation of the UK's nuclear-armed submarines.

Israeli killed by militants on Egypt border

Unidentified militants crossed from Egypt's turbulent Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel today, opening light arms and anti-tank fire on civilians building a security fence meant to fortify the porous border, defense officials said. One of the Israeli workers was killed, and two militants were gunned down by troops responding to the attack, the officials said.

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The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

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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
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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
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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

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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
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The Downton Abbey effect

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