British defence secretary Michael Fallon said Russian president Vladimir Putin was a “real and present danger“ to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Nato was getting ready to repel any aggression.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images.

Senior Western officials accused Russia on Thursday of redrawing the map of Europe by force and posing a threat to the Baltic states.Russian president(...)

The Royal Navy’s 16,000-ton Trident-class nuclear submarine Vanguard: the SNP joined with Plaid Cymru and the Greens to oppose plans to replace the fleet, calling the weapons “morally repugnant”. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

The Conservatives and Labour have combined in the House of Commons to reject demands by the Greens, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party to s(...)

The signing later this month of a defence co-operation agreement between Ireland and the UK by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney and British defence (...)

Irish peacekeepers on patrol  in Lebanon. The British army does not have  experience in such operations. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives

A historic agreement on defence co-operation between Ireland and the UK will be signed by senior Ministers from the two countries later this month.The(...)

Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chair Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the committee would request sight of any redacted sections of the CIA report  related to the UK’s role in the rendition and interrogation of terror suspects. Photograph: PA Wire

The UK’s parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report int(...)

A burial team wearing protective gear places the body of Diana Flomo, who died giving birth prematurely, in a graveyard adjacent to the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit near Gbarnga, Liberia. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

Questions have been raised about British government plans to introduce enhanced screening for Ebola at major UK airports and terminals after Gatwick A(...)

 British tornado fighter jets prepare for takeoff at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus today. The British ministry of defence has confirmed that Royal Air Force jets have flown from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus following yesterday’s parliamentary approval. Photograph: EPA

Two British fighter jets are flying over Iraq and ready to hit targets today, their first mission since parliament authorised strikes against Islamic (...)

Prime minister David Cameron will make a statement on anti-terror legislation in the Commons this afternoon, but talks between officials from the Tory and Lib Dem sides of the Government have so far failed to finalise the package. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Negotiations between the two coalition parties in the UK over controversial plans to extend anti-terrorism powers continue today, in an effort to reac(...)

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted his government has a “fully worked through” strategy to tackle Islamic State extremists after Britain’s role in Iraq moved beyond humanitarian aid. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire.

British prime minister David Cameron has insisted his government has a “fully worked through” strategy to tackle Islamic State extremists after Brita(...)

Britain’s new secretary of state for education Nicky Morgan leaves 10 Downing Street after her appointment today. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron today pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Euroscept(...)