An MQ-1 Predator drone: the lifting of sales restriction is likely to lead to a flood of request for purchases. Photograph: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

The United States government has agreed to sell to more allies armed unmanned aircraft or drones, controversially used in the wars in Iraq and Afghan(...)

Taro Aso, Japan’s deputy prime minister and finance minister, speaks during a news conference announcing the governments planned military spending. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government approved a record €35.6 billion military budget on Wednesday, with outlays rising for a third year (...)

Debris from SpaceShipTwo lies on the road in Mojave, California. The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed  during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. Photograph: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Investigators looking into what caused the crash of a Virgin Galactic prototype spacecraft that killed one of two test pilots said an 8km path of debr(...)

The longest line at the Farnborough International Airshow last week was for a model aircraft. In the absence of the F-35 Lightning, the colossally exp(...)

A detail of a woodcutting portrait of Solomon Northup that has been used to illustrate editions of his memoirs, 12 Years a Slave.

It’s a small bit late - but a lot of folks do have long memories, particularly when newspapers make mistakes. Solomon Northup may have p(...)

As a teacher I have never been fond of sublime questions. What is truth? What is literature? When I think of the latter question I content myself with(...)