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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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project