New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in Multi-billion-dollar spending cuts will particularly hit the US military Pentagon will absorb half of the cost of cuts required before SeptemberInternational Monetary Fund warns the measures could spark a new global economic crisis By Sharon Churcher PUBLISHED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 Barack Obama yesterday set in motion a multi-billion-dollar spending cuts programme that will particularly hit the US military after failing to reach a compromise with his Republican opponents. The cuts – described by the US President as ‘dumb’ – are designed to whittle away America’s $16.6 trillion debt. However, the International Monetary Fund has warned the measures could spark a new global economic crisis
Duchess in red: Is Kate is related to Chris de Burgh with links to Irish aristocracy and 14th Century royalty Kate Middleton is related to Chris de Burgh, Guy Ritchie and Beatrix PotterTourism Ireland is set to use Duchess's Irish link in visit Ireland campaign /03/17/article-2116328-12362ED8000005DC-893_634x409.jpg” width=”634″ height=”409″ alt=”Members of the royal family have attended the parade by 1st Battalion Irish Guards for more than 100 years” class=”blkBorder” /> Members of the royal family have attended the parade by 1st Battalion Irish Guards for more than 100 years Although the Duchess's Irish heritage dates back to the 14th century, Tourism Ireland has deemed this link strong enough to feature in a campaign to attract visitors to the country. The Irish Tourism board has yet to release its findings, but chief executive Niall Gibbons said Kate's Irish links had been proven
Fighting in Aleppo shuts down city's airport as Syria's vicious civil war shows no sign of slowing in 2013Rebel forces targeting airports in attempt to curb President Assad's air forceUse of air strikes one of military's key advantages over opposition forcesCivil war has raged for 21 months with a death toll of 40,000 people /12/31/article-2255103-169039ED000005DC-240_634x429.jpg” width=”634″ height=”429″ alt=”Fatal: Fighting in Aleppo has intensified with rebel forces specifically targeting air bases. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting led to closure of Aleppo International Airport on Monday ” class=”blkBorder” /> Fatal: Fighting in Aleppo has intensified with rebel forces specifically targeting air bases.
Now that's what you call REAL plane spotting! Enthusiasts come within inches of death after military aircraft misses the runway Crowd of 1,000 watching final landing of military plane on Ballenstedt airfield in Saxony-Anhalt, central Germany But pilot of 31-ton Transall C-160 aircraft suddenly reported he couldn't see start of runway from his cockpitBrought aircraft down on a side road where spotters were standing and they almost ended up being crushed | UPDATED: 23:36 GMT, 26 December 2012 For an intrepid band of plane spotters it was the most dramatic experience of their lives – and almost the last thing they saw. A crowd of about 1,000 had gathered to watch the final landing of a military plane which was about to be decommissioned after many years of service
Three citizens killed in suicide bomber attack at a US military base in AfghanistanPolice say a guard and two civilians were killed along with the bomberThe Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack at Camp Chapman todayThe militant group says it sent a bomber to base in van full of explosivesThe guard stopped the driver at the gates of the base before he was killed | UPDATED: 13:47 GMT, 26 December 2012 A suicide bomber has killed three Afghan citizens in an attack at a US military base near the eastern city of Khost. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack at Camp Chapman in which police have said a local guard and two civilians were killed along with the bomber.
MOD's m bill for GQ, Cosmo and co: Military spends huge sums on magazines for staff at time of swingeing cuts | UPDATED: 22:08 GMT, 25 December 2012 The Ministry of Defence is spending more than 500,000 a year on magazines and newspapers – at a time of swingeing military job losses. Among the 930 titles the department subscribes to are Cosmopolitan, GQ, Glamour UK, Woman and, perhaps strangest of all, House Beautiful
The 'City soldiers' paid 100,000 to fight in Afghanistan: Huge Government payouts to reservists who earn less while on tour Some serving reservists earn up to 225,000Last year eight reservists were paid more than 100,000 for their tour 'Reservist Awards' under review by MoD | UPDATED: 09:16 GMT, 24 December 2012 Some Armed Forces reservists in Afghanistan are being paid six-figure salaries by the Government, it emerged last night. Military rules state that if reservists’ pay works out less than they would earn in their civilian job, they can claim for extra cash, known as a Reservist Award.
Nearly 200 dead and hundreds injured after Syrian airstrike targets people queuing for breadBodies left piled on the streets among rubble and shrapnel latest reports say hundreds were also wounded in the strikeEye-witness videos show the bloodied bodies of women and children killedMore than 100 people were queuing for hours when the air strike occurred Human rights groups accuse military of intentional attacks on civilians | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 23 December 2012 Up to 200 people were killed while queuing for bread in Syria yesterday, one of the deadliest air strikes in the country's civil war. Videos showed dozens of blood-stained bodies crumpled in the street among piles of rubble and shrapnel.
French President Francois Hollande acknowledges country's 'unjust and brutal' occupation of Algeria but does not apologise The French president acknowledged the 'suffering' inflicted on Algeria Mr Hollande refused to apologise during a trip to France's former colonyAcknowledged use of torture and said there is a 'duty' to tell the truth 1.5million people died during the eight year struggle for independence | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 French President Francois Hollande today acknowledged the 'suffering' his country had inflicted on Algeria – while refusing to offer an apology to the former colony.
Russia sends warships to Syria: Putin prepares to evacuate his citizens as rebels close in on DamascusWarships sent to evacuate Russian citizens as rebels take hold of zone 2miles from Damascus Palestinian camp Yarmouk has been an opposition stronghold since the Syrian civil war broke outOpposition has scored military successes in recent weeks as they fight to overthrow Assad Today, clashes between Syrian rebels and a group loyal to President Assad raged inside a Damascus refugee camp | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 18 December 2012 Russia has sent warships to Syria today to potentially evacuate its citizens from Syria, as rebel advances are threatening to take the capital Damascaus.