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UK-France defence summit cancelled in Aukus row

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A Franco-British defence ministers’ summit due to take place this week has been cancelled as Paris steps up its protests over the loss of a £48bn submarine contract with Australia and its secret replacement with nucle...

Morrison expects US to ramp up military presence in region as China slams ‘irresponsible’ defence pact

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Scott Morrison has said he expects the US to increase its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, as China warned Australia would end up “hurting” itself with its decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. Beijing...

Australia burying ‘head in the sand’ on security risks of climate change, former defence official says

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Australia has its “head in the sand” regarding the national security implications of climate change and should follow the US in spelling out the risks, a former senior Australian defence official says. Australia’s “st...

Why takeovers, rather than arms, may be the talk of UK defence fair

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Defence industry bosses have missed out on a year’s worth of hobnobbing with customers at trade fairs like the Farnborough and Paris air shows, but will have the chance to make up for lost time this week when Europe’s...

Adam Jones keen for Harlequins to mount swashbuckling title defence

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In a sporting summer that crammed in the Olympics, Euro 2020 and a British & Irish Lions tour, perhaps the exhilarating climax to last season’s Premiership was a little overlooked. Harlequins recovered from 28-0 d...

Australia’s move to share defence technology with US fans concerns over weapons’ ultimate use

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Fears about Australian military technology ending up in the wrong hands have been reignited by moves to share more defence technology with the United States. Australia is aiming to become a top 10 exporter of defence ...

‘Everybody got it wrong’ on Taliban strategy, says UK defence chief

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Britain’s most senior military officer, Gen Sir Nick Carter, has hit back at suggestions from the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, that intelligence was flawed about the strength of the Taliban. Significant tensions h...

Dominic Raab hits back at defence secretary’s Afghanistan remarks

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Dominic Raab has hit back at his cabinet colleague Ben Wallace’s assertion that he knew the “game was up” in Afghanistan by July, escalating the tensions over intelligence failures between the Foreign Office and the M...

UK defence secretary suggests US is no longer a superpower

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Ben Wallace, Britain’s defence secretary, suggested the US could no longer be considered a superpower in an interview where he also contrasted his department’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis with that of the embat...

UK defence secretary hits out at supporters of animal rescuer in Kabul

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The UK defence secretary has accused supporters of a former British marine attempting to evacuate his shelter animals and staff from Kabul of trying to interfere with the rescue attempt of desperate Afghans. Ben Walla...

UK defence secretary complains about pleas to rescue pets from Kabul

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The defence secretary has complained that dealing with the former Royal Marine trying to fly rescued animals out of Kabul has been a distraction from the main evacuation effort, hours after seemingly trying to broker ...

Fleeing Afghans should try to get to border, says UK defence secretary

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Afghans who want to flee to Britain may be better off “trying to get to the border” than awaiting RAF evacuation, the defence secretary has said as British troops made last-ditch attempts to airlift at least 1,500 rem...

UK evacuation from Kabul to end within ‘24 to 36 hours’, defence sources say

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Britain’s evacuation from Kabul is expected to end within “24 to 36 hours”, potentially abandoning thousands of Afghans, defence sources said as the increasingly bullish Taliban moved to prevent them travelling to the...

‘Some won’t get back’: UK defence secretary chokes up over Afghanistan – video

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The UK defence secretary has admitted 'some people will not get back' as Britain tries to evacuate Afghan allies from Kabul, along with its own citizens, with British forces aiming to repatriate more than 1,000 people...

US withdrawal from Afghanistan a mistake, says UK defence secretary

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The UK defence secretary has criticised the US decision to leave Afghanistan as a “mistake” that has handed the Taliban “momentum”. Speaking to Sky News, Ben Wallace warned that “the international community will proba...

Taliban suicide-bomb attack targets defence minister’s Kabul home

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A suicide-bomb and gun attack in Kabul’s Green Zone that targeted Afghanistan’s acting defence minister and killed eight people on Tuesday was claimed by the Taliban, as the hardline Islamist group continued to escala...

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