• Northern Ireland peace at risk because of Brexit, says Bertie Ahern

    Northern Ireland peace at risk because of Brexit, says Bertie Ahern
    Irish leader who helped secure Good Friday agreement says he fears the consequences of a border dividing north and southTheresa May has been accused of putting Northern Ireland’s peace process in jeopardy by the Irish leader who helped to secure the Good Friday agreement.In a sign of growing fears about May’s vision for Brexit, Bertie Ahern took aim at the prime minister over her recent white paper, in an interview with the Observer. Ahern, who served three terms as taoiseach between
  • Iranian TV presenter stabbed in London moves abroad for safety

    Exclusive: Pouria Zeraati ‘no longer felt safe in UK’ as Tehran regime steps up threats and attacks on critics in exileAn Iranian television presenter, who was attacked in London by men believed to be acting for the Tehran regime, has moved abroad, saying that he no longer felt safe in the UK.Pouria Zeraati said the UK’s approach to the threat posed by Iran on British soil could not guarantee his safety. Continue reading...
  • Labour unlikely to rush into proscribing Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

    Exclusive: Lammy said to be looking at creating new category of state-sponsored terrorism to allow restrictions to be imposedLabour is unlikely to rush into proscribing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and will instead examine whether a new category of state-backed terrorism needs to be devised.David Lammy, the foreign secretary, will also consult colleagues on the implications for Iranian foreign policy of the election at the weekend of a reformist-backed president, Masoud Pezes
  • Skripals do not want to appear at inquiry into Salisbury novichok poisonings

    Skripals do not want to appear at inquiry into Salisbury novichok poisonings
    Former Russian spy Sergei and his daughter, Yulia, fear for their safety if they give evidence at hearing into death of Dawn Sturgess, says barristerThe former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, do not want to appear at an independent inquiry on the Salisbury novichok poisonings because they worry that their security could not be assured, it has emerged.At a preliminary inquiry hearing, it was also made clear that the family of Dawn Sturgess, who died after being exposed to the
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  • Skripals ask not to appear at Salisbury novichok poisoning inquiry

    Skripals ask not to appear at Salisbury novichok poisoning inquiry
    Former Russian spy Sergei and his daughter, Yulia, fear for their safety if they give evidence at hearing into death of Dawn Sturgess, says barristerThe former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, do not want to appear at an independent inquiry on the Salisbury novichok poisonings because they fear their security cannot be guaranteed, it has emerged.At a preliminary inquiry hearing, it was also made clear that the family of Dawn Sturgess, who died after being exposed to the nerve
  • Former head of GCHQ praises Labour’s defence and security plans

    Former head of GCHQ praises Labour’s defence and security plans
    David Omand says pledges on nuclear deterrent shows party can be trusted ‘to stick to serious defence policy’Labour’s position on national security has been endorsed by a former head of the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, who said the party can be trusted to “stick to serious defence policy.”The backing by Sir David Omand is a boost in a key area for Keir Starmer, who has sought to promote Labour’s security as a way of emphasising how the party has changed since
  • MI5 alert about alleged Chinese mole may have been to distract from Partygate, tribunal hears

    MI5 alert about alleged Chinese mole may have been to distract from Partygate, tribunal hears
    Ex-Labour MP Barry Gardiner told Christine Lee, who is bringing action against Security Service, of suggestion it was trying to shift attention from scandalA former Labour MP and key ally of Jeremy Corbyn claimed it had been suggested MI5 issued a rare alert notice about a lawyer who the Security Service believed was a Chinese mole as a distraction from Partygate, a tribunal has heard.The Security Service issued an interference alert against Christine Lee in 2022, the day after Boris Johnson apo
  • UK not heeding warning over China threat, says ex-cybersecurity chief

    UK not heeding warning over China threat, says ex-cybersecurity chief
    Ciaran Martin says US warning that China is targeting key infrastructure should be taken more seriouslyThe UK is not paying enough attention to a “gamechanging” shift in China’s cyber-espionage tactics towards infiltrating critical infrastructure including energy and communications networks, a former head of Britain’s cybersecurity agency has warned.Ciaran Martin, the ex-chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, said a warning from the US this year that Chine
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  • How a Labour MP became a rightwing figurehead – and enabled the clampdown on protest | Andy Beckett

    How a Labour MP became a rightwing figurehead – and enabled the clampdown on protest | Andy Beckett
    The transformation of John Woodcock exposes the authoritarian potential that can lurk in Britain’s centre leftDuring the final, beleaguered stages of the last Labour government, one of the stern young party functionaries who used to cluster protectively around the prime minister, Gordon Brown, on his visits to public places was John Woodcock, then one of Brown’s special advisers. Despite the government’s disintegrating poll ratings, Woodcock still had that New Labour cockiness,
  • Who are the real extremists? The people challenging injustices or those trying to shut down our rights? | George Monbiot

    Who are the real extremists? The people challenging injustices or those trying to shut down our rights? | George Monbiot
    Look at a new report proposing horrifying clampdowns on protest – and ask where the threat to our society truly lies It’s not hard to spot the extremists inflaming public passions in Britain and disrupting our lives. They play an active role in politics, and sometimes claim to be running the country. But I’m not sure many people have understood just how far they are prepared to go.The new report by the government’s “independent adviser on political violence” a
  • Russia directing hackers to attack UK and west, says director of GCHQ

    Russia directing hackers to attack UK and west, says director of GCHQ
    Anne Keast-Butler ‘increasingly concerned’ by growing links between Russia and proxy hacker groups that pose risk to UKRussia is increasingly seeking to encourage and direct hackers to attack British and other western targets, the director of GCHQ has said in her first keynote speech as head of the British intelligence agency.Anne Keast-Butler, said her agency was “increasingly concerned about growing links” between the Russian intelligence services and proxy hacker group
  • BAME people about 70% of those held at UK ports under terror laws, data shows

    BAME people about 70% of those held at UK ports under terror laws, data shows
    Campaigners say logs since 2021 show disproportionate targeting of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgroundsAbout 70% of the thousands of people stopped at UK ports under anti-terrorism laws since 2021 were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, according to figures, which have fuelled concerns that counter-terrorist policing is institutionally racist.The figures from police logs released to the Guardian under freedom of information laws also show that fewer tha
  • On an island still tormented by the Troubles, Britain’s Legacy Act is making things worse | Fintan O'Toole

    On an island still tormented by the Troubles, Britain’s Legacy Act is making things worse | Fintan O'Toole
    Keir Starmer has promised to revisit this contentious law. When that happens, he needs to do three thingsFifty years ago, on 17 May 1974, my father, a bus conductor, was out on strike. That day, the Troubles arrived with a vengeance in my home town of Dublin. Three bombs exploded at different points in the city centre during rush hour. Because the buses were not operating, there were more people walking along those streets than usual. Twenty-three of them were killed and another three later succ
  • Terrorism arrests of three men in Greater Manchester

    Terrorism arrests of three men in Greater Manchester
    Group being questioned after warrants were executed in Bolton, Great Lever, Abram and Hindley, says Greater Manchester policeThree men have been arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism in Greater Manchester.Warrants were executed by officers in Bolton, Great Lever, Abram and Hindley around 7.30pm on Wednesday, Greater Manchester police (GMP) said. The men, aged 35, 36 and 51, were arrested at separate locations on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of t
  • Kremlin rejects US claims Russia used ‘chemical weapon’ in Ukraine

    Kremlin rejects US claims Russia used ‘chemical weapon’ in Ukraine
    DefenceTalkThe Kremlin on Thursday rejected allegations by the United States that Russian forces had used a “chemical weapon” in Ukraine and blasted new sanctions targeting Moscow’s key trading partners. The US State Department said Wednesday that Russia used “the chemical weapon chloropicrin” against Ukrainian forces. “As always, such accusations sound completely baseless and unsubstantiated,” Kremlin […]https://www.defencetalk.com/kremlin-reject
  • China’s new aircraft carrier conducts first sea trials: state media

    China’s new aircraft carrier conducts first sea trials: state media
    DefenceTalkChina’s Fujian aircraft carrier took to the water for maiden sea trials on Wednesday, state media said, a key next step in a vast naval build-up by Beijing as it carves out a more assertive role for itself in the Pacific and beyond. The Fujian is China’s third aircraft carrier after the Liaoning and the […]https://www.defencetalk.com/chinas-new-aircraft-carrier-conducts-first-sea-trials-state-media-80244/
  • Manta Ray UUV moves closer to operational readiness after successful tests

    DefenceTalkIn February and March 2024, the Manta Ray uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) prototype, developed by Northrop Grumman, underwent comprehensive in-water testing off Southern California’s coast. The tests assessed the UUV’s hydrodynamic performance, including submerged operations employing its various propulsion and steering modes such as buoyancy, propellers, and control surfaces. “Our successful, full-scale Manta Ray testing […]https://www.defencetalk.com/manta
  • Met police to pay ‘five-figure sum’ to French publisher arrested under anti-terror laws

    Met police to pay ‘five-figure sum’ to French publisher arrested under anti-terror laws
    Exclusive: Ernest Moret was held en route to a book fair amid fears police are using counter-terrorism powers to target activistsA French publisher who was arrested in London on terrorism charges has been awarded “substantial” damages by the Metropolitan police, as new figures reveal thousands of foreign nationals have been stopped at UK ports under anti-terror laws.Ernest Moret, 29, a foreign rights manager for Éditions la Fabrique, was detained at St Pancras station in April
  • Foreign states targeting sensitive research at UK universities, MI5 warns

    Foreign states targeting sensitive research at UK universities, MI5 warns
    Ministers considering more funding to protect important research sites, with China seen as a particular concernMI5 has warned universities that hostile foreign states are targeting sensitive research, as ministers consider measures to bolster protections.Vice-chancellors from 24 leading institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London, were briefed on the threat by the domestic security service’s director general, Ken McCallum, and National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC)
  • Croatia gets French fighter jets in major arms purchase

    Croatia gets French fighter jets in major arms purchase
    DefenceTalkCroatia took delivery Thursday of six Rafale fighter jets it has bought from France in the country’s biggest arms purchase since its 1991 war of independence. The used warplanes — the first part of a 12-jet deal — touched down in the capital Zagreb, heralding a major overall of Croatia’s air force, which is replacing […]https://www.defencetalk.com/croatia-gets-french-fighter-jets-in-major-arms-purchase-80236/
  • China warns US military support for Taiwan increases ‘risk of conflict’

    China warns US military support for Taiwan increases ‘risk of conflict’
    DefenceTalkChina warned on Wednesday that US military support for Taiwan only increased the “risk of conflict” along the strait, after the US Congress allocated $8 billion in military support for the island. “I’d like to emphasize that the United States and Taiwan strengthening military ties will not bring about security for Taiwan,” foreign ministry spokesman […]https://www.defencetalk.com/china-warns-us-military-support-for-taiwan-increases-risk-of-conflict
  • China warns US military support for Taiwan increases ‘

    China warns US military support for Taiwan increases ‘
    DefenceTalkChina warned on Wednesday that US military support for Taiwan only increased the “risk of conflict” along the strait, after the US Congress allocated $8 billion in military support for the island. “I’d like to emphasize that the United States and Taiwan strengthening military ties will not bring about security for Taiwan,” foreign ministry spokesman […]https://www.defencetalk.com/china-warns-us-military-support-for-taiwan-increases-risk-of-conflict
  • ‘Birmingham Four’ ask CCRC to investigate convictions for terror plot

    ‘Birmingham Four’ ask CCRC to investigate convictions for terror plot
    Four men were jailed for life in 2017 for planning terrorist attack in UK after elaborate undercover police operation“It’s 40 years since the Birmingham and Guildford pub bombings … and the question that gets asked [is]: ‘Could you imagine this [a police stitch-up] ever happening again?’ My reply is that it already has. This is the case in which it happened.”The case referred to by Gareth Peirce, who represented the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four, was that
  • Former British spy in IRA who allegedly admitted murder will not be prosecuted

    Former British spy in IRA who allegedly admitted murder will not be prosecuted
    Exclusive: Ex-double agent allegedly admitted to murder during training presentations to members of the security servicesVictims’ families have reacted with anger after it emerged that a former British double agent in the IRA who allegedly admitted to murder while giving training presentations to members of the security services will not be prosecuted.The case had emerged during an investigation by officers into the activities of the British spy known as Stakeknife and a criminal file was
  • Terror watchdog condemns WhatsApp for lowering UK users’ minimum age to 13

    Terror watchdog condemns WhatsApp for lowering UK users’ minimum age to 13
    Jonathan Hall, Britain’s reviewer of terrorism legislation, says more children could be exposed to encrypted extremist contentThe UK’s terror watchdog has criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta for lowering the minimum age for WhatsApp users from 16 to 13, warning that the “extraordinary” move could expose more teenagers to extreme content.Jonathan Hall KC said more children could now access material that Meta cannot regulate, including content related to terror or sexua
  • UK aims to boost economic defences against security risks

    UK aims to boost economic defences against security risks
    DefenceTalkBritain must strengthen its defences against economic security risks amplified by globalization, especially those emanating from China, Iran and Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden warned Thursday. Businesses and universities are “vulnerable” because of the opening up of the global economy, Dowden said in a speech to the Chatham House international affairs think-tank in London. […]https://www.defencetalk.com/uk-aims-to-boost-economic-defences-against-securit
  • Russian ‘cyber sabotage’ a global threat: security firm

    Russian ‘cyber sabotage’ a global threat: security firm
    DefenceTalkA cyber group with links to Russian military intelligence is set to become a significant global threat after playing an increasing critical role in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a leading cybersecurity firm warned Wednesday. Google-owned Mandiant said in a report that it is seeing nefarious operations by the group referred to as “Sandworm” in […]https://www.defencetalk.com/russian-cyber-sabotage-a-global-threat-security-firm-80222/
  • NASA chief warns of Chinese military presence in space

    DefenceTalkChina is bolstering its space capabilities and is using its civilian program to mask its military objectives, the head of the US space agency NASA said Wednesday, warning that Washington must remain vigilant. “China has made extraordinary strides especially in the last 10 years, but they are very, very secretive,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson told […]https://www.defencetalk.com/nasa-chief-warns-of-chinese-military-presence-in-space-80218/
  • Iran warns Israel against attacking nuclear sites

    Iran warns Israel against attacking nuclear sites
    DefenceTalkA senior Revolutionary Guards general threatened on Thursday to target Israel’s “nuclear facilities” if it strikes Iranian atomic sites, state media reported, anticipating retaliation for Tehran’s unprecedented weekend attack. Israel’s military chief has vowed a response to the Iranian aerial attack, which was mostly intercepted, while world leaders have urged de-escalation. Violence involving Iran-aligned groups […]https://www.defencetalk.com/iran
  • Russia says neutralised 20 drones, 2 missiles

    Russia says neutralised 20 drones, 2 missiles
    DefenceTalkRussia on Thursday said it had neutralized 20 drones and two ballistic missiles in areas bordering Ukraine, including Rostov where its command headquarters for the Ukraine offensive is located. “During the night, several terrorist attacks by the Kyiv regime were foiled,” the defence ministry said. It said it had neutralized 20 drones — 16 of […]https://www.defencetalk.com/russia-says-neutralised-20-drones-2-missiles-80210/
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