Trident missile test fails for second time in a row

The test firing of a Trident missile from a Royal Navy submarine has failed, for the second time in a row. The latest test of the UK’s nuclear deterrent was from HMS Vanguard and was seen by Defence Secretary Grant Shapps. The missile’s booster rockets failed and it landed in the sea close to the…

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Israel’s Rafah deadline raises stakes as Ramadan approaches

Israel’s sudden threat to unleash its controversial ground operation in the southern Gazan town of Rafah unless all hostages are freed by 10 March has ratcheted up the pressure on the tortuous talks to secure an elusive agreement. Even before Benny Gantz, a leading member of Israel’s war cabinet, threw down the gauntlet, Arab leaders were…

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Guildford: Five-year scheme to upgrade signals complete

Works to upgrade 1970s signaling equipment and speed up train journeys have been completed. The final phase of the £375m five-year project was completed on Sunday. Network Rail said it will bring more reliable journeys to customers traveling between Reading, London, and Guildford. They said the modern signaling system will increase future capacity, mean fewer…

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Afghanistan: Landslide kills 25 after heavy snow

At least 25 people have died after a landslide caused by heavy snow swept through a village in Afghanistan. So far, eight people are known to have been injured in the incident, and there are fears the death toll may rise. Officials say the weather has hampered rescue efforts, with helicopters unable to land and…

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Gaza doctors: ‘We leave patients to scream for hours and hours’

Doctors across Gaza have described operating on patients without anesthetic, turning people with chronic conditions away, and treating rotting wounds with limited medical supplies. “Because of the shortage of painkillers we leave patients to scream for hours and hours,” one told the BBC. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the state of healthcare in…

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Special forces blocked UK resettlement applications from elite Afghan troops

UK Special Forces blocked Afghan troops they had fought alongside from relocating to the UK after the Taliban seized power, BBC Panorama can reveal. Leaked documents show special forces rejected applications despite some containing compelling evidence of service alongside the British military. Afghan commandos accompanied British special forces on some of the most dangerous missions…

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