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David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy are to sign the treaties during their London meeting. The UK and France are to sign treaties agreeing to military co-operation including testing of nuclear warheads. One centre will be set up in the UK to develop nuclear testing technology and another in France to carry it out. President...Full Article »
The Royal Navy's newest and largest attack submarine HMS Astute has run aground off Skye, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. Described as the stealthiest ever built in the UK, the £1bn boat was being put through sea trials and was not armed. A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: "This is not a nuclear incident...Full Article »
Safety concerns about some RAF fighter jets have led to the grounding of non-operational flights, the MOD has confirmed. It follows the death of a crewman, thought to be from the Spanish airforce, during a training flight in a Typhoon aircraft. The concerns over safety are believed to surround the harness system on the jet's...Full Article »
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The renewal of Trident has major financial and political implications. The government is considering delaying the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system, the BBC has learned. Ministers will decide shortly what kind of deterrent Britain should have and can afford alongside the current comprehensive spending review...Full Article »
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Eight militants died when missiles fired by a suspected US drone hit a house in north-western Pakistan, local security officials say. They said the raid targeted a militant hideout in Shawal district in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border. It is the 10th drone strike this month in the region, a stronghold of the Taliban...Full Article »
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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Defence Secretary Liam Fox is to meet his French counterpart to discuss further defence co-operation. But a senior MoD source has told the BBC there are no plans for the two countries to share aircraft carriers. He described the meeting as a regular contact between ministers and said no...Full Article »
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) pulled away a sheet to reveal the "Karrar" drone Iran has unveiled what it says is its first domestically built unmanned - or drone - bomber. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the plane could serve as a "messenger of death", but that its key message was one of friendship. Iranian state TV later...Full Article »
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The new commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan, Gen David Petraeus, says he will not be bound by a 2011 target date to start withdrawing US troops. Speaking on NBC television, Gen Petraeus said he reserved the right to tell President Obama whether the pull-out date was too early. He was speaking after US forces endured their deadliest...Full Article »
The firm in charge of the government's £750m e-borders programme has been axed over delays, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said. Mr Green said the performance of Raytheon Systems Limited had been "extremely disappointing". But he said e-borders - a system to count everyone entering and leaving the UK - would remain a...Full Article »