Britain's national security strategy does not show "a clear grasp of what is needed for the defence of the UK", and ministers should do more to protect jobs here rather than buying cheaper equipment from abroad, a report has warned.

A meeting of the UK National Security Council will order a shift in resources and energy in its counter-terrorist strategy away from a sole focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East towards what David Cameron described as a "generational struggle" against al-Qaida-inspired militants in north Africa.

The PSNI Chief Constable has told MPs that he needs more officers to deal with the current threat level of further violence.

British police said there was nothing to suggest a terrorism link to a helicopter crashing into a crane in central London on Wednesday.

The Association of Chief Police Officers and other groups have voiced concerns to the Prime Minister David Cameron, stating that opting out of EU Justice and treaties would lead to a major security risk.

Figures released by the Home Office have revealed that the number of people arrested for terrorism-related offences has jumped by 60%.

The UK Parliament Defence Committee’s has published its report on cyber security, noting that cyber threats can evolve very quickly with serious consequences for the nation's security.

Cyber specialists are to be recruited by the UK government to make up a “Cyber Reserve” force to help with cyber security threats.

Three hundred people were evacuated from the Shard in London, the tallest building in the European Union, as part of a large-scale emergency simulation.

Hugely sensitive counter-terrorism intelligence could be compromised after a ‘disgruntled’ Swiss IT worker walked out of his job at NDB, Switzerland’s spy agency, with millions of classified data files.

Vatican clergy and staff will now need to carry an identity card complete with a microchip-tracking device, as part of new security measures designed to prevent a repeat of the ‘Vatileaks’ scandal.

European Union countries trying to get the most value out of shrinking defence budgets, will soon be able to sell or swap surplus tanks or fighter jets on a new eBay-style electronic marketplace.

Ground-breaking biometric research has shown that the freely available facial recognition search engines used by social networking sites such as Facebook and Picasa are as accurate as some specialist biometric systems sold to government agencies, such as police forces.

The United Nations has called for surveillance to be expanded in order to combat the threat from Internet terrorism.

A British company has developed a hi-tech software programme it believes can help detect and prevent potentially dangerous passengers and cargo entering the UK using the technique known as "risk profiling".

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will today announce an additional £350m to design the future generation of British nuclear-armed submarines.