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  1. 15 hours ago

    US confident of allies’ support in air strikes on Isis

    Allies of the US are ready to begin bombing Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria, according to the country’s ambassador to...

  2. September 15, 2014

    British forces do not know location of Isis hostage, says Hammond

    British forces are unable to rescue hostages being held by Islamist militants because they do not know where they are being...

  1. September 11, 2014

    No 10 corrects Hammond gaffe on Syria

    Downing St was forced to clarify Britain’s potential role in the looming international military action in the Middle East...

  2. September 5, 2014

    Obama leads coalition in fight against Isis

    US President Barack Obama pledged on Friday to “take the fight to Isis” as efforts ramped up to build a broad international...

  3. September 1, 2014

    Palestinians to turn to UN amid frustration with peace process

    The Palestinians, frustrated in their pursuit of an independent state through negotiations with an Israeli government they...

  4. August 26, 2014

    Black hole looms in UK defence, study says

    A new black hole will open up in Britain’s military budget after 2015, according to independent research commissioned by the...

  5. August 15, 2014

    Ukraine attacks Russian military convoy, says president

    Moscow’s stand-off with Kiev intensified dramatically on Friday night after the Ukrainian government said it had blown up a...

  6. August 12, 2014

    George Osborne plays increasing role in UK foreign policy

    William Hague’s exit from the UK Foreign Office has opened the way for George Osborne to play a greater role in setting...

  7. August 12, 2014

    Parliament must address Iraq crisis

    In 2011 British MPs were recalled from their summer holidays to discuss urban riots breaking out across their country. Last...

  8. August 11, 2014

    UK sends reconnaissance jets to Iraq but resists bigger role

    Britain is sending Tornado fighter jets to northern Iraq for possible use in surveillance operations over Mount Sinjar, part...

  9. August 9, 2014

    UK ‘exploring ways to help Yazidis’

    Britain is looking at how to get a religious minority group off an Iraqi mountain it has been trapped on by extremist...

  10. August 3, 2014

    British government hardens stance on Gaza

    The British government has hardened its stance on Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, with foreign secretary Philip Hammond...

  11. July 30, 2014

    Hammond holds emergency meeting on Ebola

    Philip Hammond, foreign secretary, held an emergency meeting of officials and ministers on Wednesday to discuss the...

  12. July 20, 2014

    Hammond takes tough line on Europe

    Philip Hammond, the new foreign secretary, has predicted that the British public will not want to remain in the European...

  13. July 20, 2014

    MH17 crash: West pressures Putin over access to MH17 crash site

    The leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on President Vladimir Putin to ensure that pro-Russia...

  14. July 15, 2014

    Cameron shuffles away from Europe

    Throughout his four years in Downing Street, David Cameron has been allergic to cabinet reshuffles. The prime minister has...

  15. July 15, 2014

    Cameron gives his government a eurosceptic edge

    David Cameron has given his government a eurosceptic edge with the appointment as foreign secretary of Philip Hammond, a...

  16. The World

    July 15, 2014

    Hague, Hammond, human rights and Europe

    By an accident of timing, William Hague’s departure from the Foreign Office has come on the same day as the confirmation, by...

  17. July 15, 2014

    Cabinet reshuffle: Hammond’s rise puts focus on EU debate

    Philip Hammond’s promotion means the UK now has a foreign secretary who has said he favours leaving the EU unless it agrees...

  18. Westminster Blog

    July 15, 2014

    Live Blog: Government reshuffle

    David Cameron is conducting the most wide-ranging reshuffle of his cabinet since taking office, appointing Philip Hammond as...

  19. June 16, 2014

    UK army chief warns of need to mobilise former soldiers

    Troops who have left the army will have to be recalled if ministers want the service to be able to do everything required of...

  20. June 15, 2014

    UK defence spending to fall below Nato target, says research

    Britain’s defence spending will soon fall below the target set by Nato, according to an analysis commissioned by senior...

  21. June 11, 2014

    Army cuts ‘risk increasing Treasury costs’

    Philip Hammond’s scheme to redesign the army was badly planned, unrealistic and may make it difficult for troops to do their...

  22. May 13, 2014

    Defence ministers spend less on kit but fear hidden costs

    Defence ministers do not know why they spent £1.2bn less than they had planned on equipment for the armed forces last year,...

  23. May 8, 2014

    UK military to review ban on women in combat roles

    Britain moved closer to allowing women to fight on the front line on Thursday when Philip Hammond, the defence secretary,...

  24. April 29, 2014

    Industry grows impatient as PF2’s teething problems persist

    PF2 was supposed to be the phoenix from the ashes of the much-criticised private finance initiative programme, under which...

  25. April 28, 2014

    Labour demands ‘open’ defence debate

    Labour is seeking to lift the “shroud of secrecy” placed by ministers over Britain’s next strategic defence review,...

  26. April 15, 2014

    Defenders of union come under fire over tactics

    Philip Hammond, defence secretary, on Tuesday concluded two weeks of heavy pounding by the British military on Alex Salmond,...

  27. April 15, 2014

    First Sea Lord warns on Scottish independence

    A vote for Scottish independence would strike at the “very heart” of Britain’s maritime defence forces, the UK First Sea...

  28. March 15, 2014

    Hammond ridicules Scots plan for independent military

    Philip Hammond, UK defence secretary, has ridiculed Scottish nationalist plans for an independent military, insisting...

  29. March 10, 2014

    Philip Hammond discloses £400m deal to outsource running of military bases

    Britain’s military bases are to be partly privatised in a controversial deal that would see sites such as Portsmouth naval...

  30. March 6, 2014

    MPs hit out at British army reforms

    Reforms to the British army were designed to “fit a financial envelope” with “serious implications for national security”,...

  31. February 16, 2014

    Ed Miliband puts climate change centre stage

    The floods and storms of the past month have prompted a fresh Westminster row over climate change even as official figures...

  32. February 13, 2014

    Shortfall in UK troops grows as MoD seeks more cuts

    The shortfall in the number of full-time troops needed to run Britain’s armed forces has more than doubled in the past three...

  33. February 13, 2014

    Deadlock over MoD plan for private sector arms experts

    The Treasury and Ministry of Defence are at loggerheads over proposed reforms that would allow the MoD to break civil...

  34. February 10, 2014

    Government told of risk posed to flood defences from funding cuts

    Thames flood water reaches highest level in decades The Environment Agency has had to endure “massive” cuts to its budget...

  35. January 30, 2014

    UK’s Joint Forces Command to have bigger role in military projects

    UK military projects and procurement will fall increasingly to the new Joint Forces Command, the defence secretary has said,...

  36. January 29, 2014

    MoD helicopter contracts to secure 1,000 jobs across south

    The MoD has awarded contracts worth £760m to British-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland in a move that will...

  37. January 24, 2014

    Inflexion goes cold on Jeremy Hunt’s Hotcourses

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has suffered a setback in his attempt to sell his education listings business after...

  38. January 16, 2014

    Former US defence chief Robert Gates warns on UK military cutbacks

    Military cuts are putting at risk the UK’s ability to maintain its role on the world stage, the former US defence secretary...

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