Army private died after being blown 30ft up a tree after being lured to site of Taliban bombPrivate Matthew Thornton stepped on an improvised explosive device Regiment had come under fire from grenades and small armsDescribed as 'a cracking soldier who gave 100 per cent' | UPDATED: 09:20 GMT, 15 December 2012 The body of a Territorial Army soldier was found 30ft up a tree after his was patrol lured towards a hidden bomb, an inquest heard. Private Matthew Thornton, 28, was five weeks into a tour of duty in Helmand when he was killed by the huge blast.
Japan scrambles F-15s after Chinese government plane flies near disputed East China Islands First time Chinese aircraft has 'violated airspace over disputed islands'China says it is merely carrying out a normal operationJapan has issued formal protest after sending six F15s to the area | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 13 December 2012 Japanese fighter jets were scrambled today after a Chinese plane was spotted over the disputed East China Sea Islands. The F-15s were sent to the remote islands which are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing as the territorial row between the two nations grows. It is the first time a Chinese aircraft has violated the airspace over the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China
Spain accused of 'act of war' off Gibraltar after two naval vessels enter waters around The RockConservative MP Bob Stewart demands a 'robust response'UK Government has protested to Spain through diplomatic channels | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 13 December 2012 Spain was accused of an 'act of war' today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar. Bob Stewart, Tory MP for Beckenham, said the British Government needed to 'respond robustly to this aggravation' after Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said two Spanish naval vessels entered the waters of Gibraltar on Monday. He said they were given radio warnings before leaving but Mr Stewart, a former colonel, said the incursion was illegal and the Government needed to 'do something about it'
Army given a 25-day Christmas break as thank you for the Olympics… and to try and cut its gas and electric bills All 110,000 military and civilian personnel must take 'block leave' from December 14 until January 7The decision means that all barracks and military sites will be closed for almost a month | UPDATED: 23:36 GMT, 2 December 2012 The Army has been ordered to take a 25-day Christmas holiday to try to cut its electricity and gas bills.