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    A no-fly zone has been put in place over London, with security forces deploying cutting edge technology to stop drones flying near the Queen's funeral. In what is set to be one of the biggest security operations in British history, Scotland Yard is pulling out all the stops to ensure today's service and procession go off without at hitch. At least 10,000 police officers, including 2,000 from around the UK, will be guarding central London and the 23-mile route to Windsor Castle today. On the ground many roads and bridges will be shut to traffic, and 23 miles of barriers have been put up to control crowds that are expected to reach into tens of thousands. In the skies no chances are being taken, with the Civil Aviation Authority putting a no-fly zone in place over the capital - this will include the prohibition of drones. To help enforce this security forces have set up top secret anti-drone devices in central London ahead of the service today, it is being reported.  A no-fly zone has been put in place over central...
    Meghan Markle's claims that a fire broke out in son Archie's nursery in South Africa have been backed up by a security source. The insider, who is believed to be close to the Duchess of Sussex and was attached to her security detail during the 10-day tour in 2019, said he personally saw the 'severely melted' heater. He said Meghan received a message that there had been a 'fire' and her vehicle 'broke away' from the security convoy. The source told The Citizen that the heater fire at the official residence supplied by the British High Commission was never reported and British police told them to 'keep it quiet'. It is the first confirmation that a fire as reported in a podcast by Meghan Markle actually happened after the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office refused to comment. Meghan Markle's claims that a fire broke out in son Archie's nursery in South Africa have been backed up by a security source (pictured in Cape Town on the tour) The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured at an engagement in Nyanga...
    It didn’t take long after Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses for the death threats to start. The 1989 novel helped propel the British-Indian scribe to superstardom. But the book—which features a character who has a dream that resembles the story of the founding of Islam—spurred a call for his assassination by the supreme leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Since then, the 75-year-old author has faced a multi-million-dollar bounty on his head, violent protests against his work, and the 1991 murder of Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator of his most controversial novel. He has been forced into hiding, taken on a false identity, and for years was protected by a coterie of British government security and his own private guards. On Friday, Rushdie was fighting for his life after being stabbed by an unknown attacker just moments after taking the stage at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. The New York State Police said a suspect was in custody after the attack, and that Rushdie had sustained an injury to the neck. Police did not identify a...
    LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry can take the British government to court over his security arrangements in the U.K., a judge in London ruled Friday. Harry and his wife Meghan lost publicly funded U.K. police protection when they stepped down as senior working royals and moved to North America in 2020. The prince wants to pay personally for police security when he comes to Britain, and is challenging the government’s refusal to permit it. Judge Jonathan Swift ruled Friday that the case can go to a full hearing at the High Court in London. He refused some aspects of the challenge but said some grounds “give rise to an arguable case” that deserves a hearing. The judge said “a conclusion at the permission stage that a case is arguable is some distance from a conclusion that that the case will succeed at final hearing.” A date has not been set for the case to be heard. Harry and the former actress Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle in 2019 but stepped down as working royals the following year, citing what...
    The British Army's Twitter account was hacked today and flooded with content promoting giveaways and competitions for followers to win non-fungible tokens (NFTs).  The social media account's name was changed several times, while new profile pictures included an ape wearing facepaint akin to that of Batman villain The Joker, as well as a cartoon robot. Posts made from the account urged followers to join competitions, with winners selected at random to receive NFTs - digital artworks that are stored on the blockchain. British Army's YouTube channel was also compromised and replaced with an account named Ark Invest, which promoted several live videos purporting to display an interview with Tesla founder Elon Musk about cryptocurrency.  The party behind the cyber attacks is not yet known, but the embarrassing breach raises serious security concerns for the armed forces and suggests that other social media accounts could be at risk. An Army spokesperson said: 'We are aware of a breach of the Army's Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway. 'We take information security extremely seriously and are resolving the issue....
    Do you know the man who was floored by Julius Francis? Do you know the men in the video? Email [email protected] The CEO and founder of Boxpark has defended former British heavyweight champion turned security guard Julius Francis after he knocked out a reveller at the venue in London. Francis, who once fought Mike Tyson, showed he still knew how to throw a punch during the incident outside Boxpark near Wembley Stadium, which left the man unconscious on the ground. In response to the video, Boxpark CEO Roger Wade said the man who was punched had been part of a group who had been 'abusing, spitting and hitting customers and staff'. The Met Police have said they are investigating the incident and are yet to determine exactly when it took place.  Describing the former boxer as 'one of the nicest people' he had ever met, Mr Wade said he stood behind Julius Francis' actions in a statement shared on social media.  Footage of the incident quickly went viral on social media with viewers split over whether the punch was a...
    LONDON (AP) — The British government refused Thursday to reveal whether intelligence agencies expressed concerns about the decision to award a noble title and a seat in Parliament to a newspaper owner whose father was a KGB agent. Lawmakers voted earlier this year to order the government to release documents related to the appointment of Russia-born newspaper owner Evgeny Lebedev to the House of Lords. Opposition politicians have demanded to know about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s involvement in the awarding of a place in Parliament’s unelected upper chamber to Lebedev, whose oligarch father Alexander Lebedev is a former KGB officer. British media have reported that Johnson overruled British intelligence agencies’ concerns about the 2020 ennobling of Lebedev, who owns the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers. The government insists that all Lords appointments are vetted by a commission. Two weeks after the deadline to comply with lawmakers’ request, Johnson’s Conservative government on Thursday published partial documents: the blank form Lebedev was required to fill in for the House of Lords Appointments Commission, the public citation announcing his appointment as Lord Lebedev...
    A British citizen has been charged with trying to pay for sex with New Jersey girls while giving them drugs, federal authorities said. Stephen Hudson, 51, of Ealing, England, is charged with one count of attempted online enticement of a minor and one count of travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, they said. He was charged on Monday, May 9, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger He appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte in Newark federal court and was detained. According to authorities, from April 14, to Friday, May 6, Hudson used an encrypted email account to communicate with federal law enforcement, acting in an undercover capacity, to facilitate his access to and sexual abuse of two minor female children.  Hudson agreed to travel from Massachusetts to New Jersey and pay about $1,200 for sexual acts with 11- and 12-year-old girls while giving them drugs and alcohol, Sellinger said. After traveling to New Jersey and paying $1,200 to an undercover agent,, Hudson was arrested, according to Sellinger. U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited...
    A BRITISH Embassy security guard yesterday denied copying secret documents and spying on colleagues for Russia. David Smith was working in Berlin when he tried to give details to a Moscow military attache, a court heard. 2David Smith was working in the British Embassy as a security guard, but was allegedly spying for the RussiansCredit: Ian Whittaker 2Smith denies the charges and was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance at the Old Bailey on WednesdayCredit: PA He was arrested at home in Potsdam, Germany, and extradited to London on Wednesday where he faced nine charges under the Official Secrets Act. Westminster magistrates’ court was told Smith, 57, had “attempted to communicate” with Russian Embassy General Major Sergey Chukhurov. He is accused of trying to send a letter with “details about the activities, identities, addresses and phone numbers of various members of Her Majesty’s civil service”. Smith also allegedly collected secret material, including unauthorised copies of documents, SIM card packaging and CCTV footage. Read more on the storySPY CHARGE British embassy security guard charged with spying for Russia in...
    LONDON (AP) — A British security guard at the British Embassy in Berlin who is accused of passing information to a Russian military attache denied espionage charges Thursday in a London court. David Ballantyne Smith, 57, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court to face nine charges under the Official Secrets Act related to “the collection and communication of information useful to the Russian state.” The alleged offenses took place between October 2020 and August 2021, when Smith was arrested by German police at his home in Potsdam, southwest of Berlin. He is accused of attempting to communicate by letter with “General Major Sergey Chukhurov, the Russian military attache based out of the Russian Embassy, Berlin.” The material “contained details about the activities, identities, addresses and telephone numbers of various members of Her Majesty’s Civil Service.” He is also accused of collecting “material relating to the operation and layout of the British Embassy in Berlin, and that information was calculated to be or might be or was intended to be directly or be indirectly useful to an enemy, namely the Russian...
    A BRITISH security guard working has been charged with spying for the Russian state in Berlin. David Smith, 57, was extradited from Potsdam, Germany, after being charged with nine offences under the Act. 1David Smith has been charged with nine counts of breaching the Official Secrets ActCredit: PA The security guard was working at the British Embassy in Berlin, after being arrested by German cops on August 10 last year. He is understood to have committed the alleged offences between October 2020 and August 2021. German officials extradited the Brit back to the UK today following his arrest and he will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow. The nine charges relate to the collection and communication of information useful to the Russian state. The CPS worked with the Metropolitan Police to build a prosecution case and on 15 November 2021 authorised charges. Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division at the CPS, Nick Price said: “David Smith has been charged with nine offences contrary to the Official Secrets Act. "He is accused of seven offences of collecting information...
    The British government has reportedly approved the sale of the United Kingdom’s largest microchip factory to a firm owned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), despite concerns over national security. Newport Wafer Fab (NWF) in Wales, which was forced last year to sell its factory to after failing to pay its debts, will apparently be allowed by the government to be sold to the Chinese-owned firm Nexperia. According to a report from POLITICO, a review from the government’s national security adviser, Stephen Lovegrove, found that the sale of the semiconductor producer to China did not rise to the level of presenting a national security risk. Under the National Security and Investment Act, should the sale have been determined to present such a risk, the government could have prevented the sale. An unnamed official told the news outlet that Lovegrove came to the decision to allow the sale to go forward due to Newport Wafer Fab using 20-year-old technology which the Chinese already have access to. When the sale was first announced last year it came under considerable scrutiny, given the vital importance to the...
    The British Army has banned WhatsApp over fears Russia is hacking the platform to acquire operationally sensitive information. All personnel, from senior officers to junior soldiers, must cease using the phone messaging service for professional purposes or face disciplinary action. A Ministry of Defence document confirming the ban last night said there were ‘significant security concerns’ around using WhatsApp. The order, effective immediately, comes after the Daily Mail reported at the weekend that Russia was using UK mobile phone data to select airstrike targets in Ukraine. ‘Targeted by the Kremlin’: The British Army has banned all its personnel from Whats-App over fears Russia is hacking the platform to acquire sensitive information. A cruise missile attack last Sunday on a training camp for foreign fighters, which killed 35 and wounded 134, was initiated after UK numbers apparently ‘lit up’ a Ukrainian phone network covering the base. Senior government ministers may now come under increased pressure to cease using Whats-App for official business. The Prime Minister, Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary all use the platform, and their communications may have...
    A group of British Airways pilots are suing their bosses for more than £250,000 claiming they strained their necks repeatedly turning round to check cockpit security cameras for terrorists. The 16 veteran fliers, spearheaded by Cpt Jonathan Parry, say they were left with painful neck and spinal conditions caused by constantly swivelling round to check a CCTV screen at the rear of the cockpit showing air crew buzzing to be let in. The three-camera security system was brought in after the 9/11 attacks to stop terrorists invading the plane's cockpit, giving pilots a clear camera view of anyone wishing to gain entry before buzzing them in. Captain Jonathan Parry is suing British Airways after he claimed his neck was injured because of the constant need to twist around in the cockpit to review CCTV footage of people trying to access the flight deck He is among 16 pilots who are claiming the CCTV displays should have been located in the front of the cockpit to allow an evening of  But lawyers for the 16 say screens displaying those outside the...
    The United Kingdom’s intelligence services warned the nation’s spies to check their so-called “white privilege” in a document published amid concerns over war in Europe. Intelligence officers and other staff were reportedly told to refrain from using such words as “strong”, “grip”, and “manpower” over concerns that failing to abide by woke language codes would “reinforce dominant cultural patterns”. The document, which claimed that diversity and inclusion were crucial in order to keep the UK safe, was shared among the country’s intelligence community on December 6th during a time of heightened tensions in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The instructions came in the form of a dossier from the MI5, MI6, and GCHQ intelligence agencies entitled “Mission Critical”, a leaked copy of which was obtained by the Daily Mail, they claim. Laying out the disadvantages of “white privilege”, the document urges officials to employ inclusive language, saying: “In national security, look out for words and phrases, such as ‘strong’ or ‘grip’, that reinforce the dominant cultural patterns. Avoid jargon, hierarchy or gender biases.” It went on to advise: “Use gender-neutral language...
    Prominent public health officials around the world later asserted it was more likely that the virus developed in nature, but an animal host for the SARS-CoV-2 virus — from which the virus would make the evolutionary leap to human beings — was never discovered. With that context, Johnson's request that the U.K. re-evaluate its strategies to prevent laboratory leaks appears to at least imply that British officials find the lab-leak origins theory credible enough to take precautions against any such thing happening in the U.K. “There is a huge amount of concern about coming out publicly, but behind closed doors most people think it’s a lab leak," de Bretton-Gordon told the Telegraph. "And they are coming round to the fact that even if they don’t agree with that, they must accept it’s likely, and they must make sure the policies are in place to stop it.” “My view, that I’ve put to the Government already, is that we cannot afford emotionally, physically or financially, to go through another pandemic. We must now get on the front foot,” he...
    LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for Prince Harry told a court hearing on Friday that the British royal is unwilling to bring his children to his homeland because it is not safe. Harry has launched a legal challenge to the U.K. government’s refusal to let him personally pay for police protection when he comes to Britain. His legal team says Harry wants to bring his children — Archie, who is almost 3, and 8-month-old Lilibet — to visit his home country from the United States but thinks it would be too risky without police protection. Harry, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, with the children and his wife, Megan, did not attend Friday’s preliminary hearing. The court considered requests by both sides in the case for parts of some legal documents to be kept private. Senior members of Britain’s royal family are given taxpayer-funded police protection, but Harry lost that when he and Meghan stepped down as working royals and moved to the United States in 2020. The couple said their decision was due to what they described as unbearable intrusions...
    A HOSPITAL has been evacuated in British Columbia after a possible "improvised explosive" was reported by a security guard. Royal Canadian Mounted Police were called to Surrey Memorial hospital on Saturday after the security guard spotted the device. 1Surrey Memorial hospital in British ColumbiaCredit: canuckle / Wiki Commons The area near the emergency department has been evacuated, police told Global News. Authorities including the Surrey RCMP explosives disposal team were at the scene to investigate the item. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.
    AUSTIN, Texas — Both Texas senators and Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are pressing the Biden administration to explain how the British terrorist who took four people hostage inside a Texas synagogue this month was allowed to enter the country, given major flags in his background. Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with the nine other party members on the committee, asked Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, State Secretary Antony Blinken, and FBI Director Christopher Wray in two letters to explain why Malik Faisal Akram was not listed on the U.S. terrorist watchlist or barred from admission for another reason, given claims that he had a criminal record and had been investigated by British authorities for ties to an Islamic terrorist group. “In light of the numerous red flags in Akram’s record, we are extremely concerned about the adequacy of our visa adjudication and admission screening protocols. As Akram’s own brother told reporters: ‘How had he gotten into America? … Why was he granted a visa? How did he land at J.F.K. airport and not get stopped for one...
    Security forces in the UK are fresh questions today after it was revealed the Blackburn terrorist shot dead as he held up a synagogue in the US had previously been referred to counterextremism scheme Prevent. In the latest embarrassment for UK counter-terrorism officials, it was revealed that Malik Faisal Akram, 44, had been referred to the anti-terror programme following the breakdown of his marriage and concerns over his growing extremist views. The 44-year-old was also investigated by MI5 in December 2020, when British spies watched him for a month. However the father-of-six, who was shot dead by FBI SWAT teams last week while holding up a Texas synagogue, was not considered a terrorist threat, despite multiple reports he had been radicalised. The fresh revelations will heap yet more pressure on the Home Office over Prevent, which is already under scrutiny following the death of MP Sir David Amess and a series of high-profile failures. Ali Harbi Ali, 25, the man who is accused of, and denies, murdering the Tory MP in a knife attack in his constituency of Southend in October,...
    Malik Faisal Akram, 44, flew to New York City from the UK on January 22, despite being known to MI5 There is growing outrage and demand for answers as to how the British terrorist gunman who took four hostages at a Texas synagogue on Saturday was even able to enter the US on a tourist visa when he was known to intelligence agencies in the UK.  Malik Faisal Akram, 44, flew to New York City from the UK on January 22, despite being known to MI5.  His family say he had a criminal history but somehow, he was able to get an ESTA tourist visa - which are supposed to be off-limits to foreigners who have broken the law.  Akram spent two weeks at a homeless shelter in Dallas, during which time he was able to buy a gun on the street.   On Saturday, he arrived at Beth Israel Congregation in the morning and knocked on the window. He was welcomed inside by the rabbi, had a cup of tea with him, and then raided services at 11am while the...
    More On: prince harry Prince Andrew should lose HRH and military titles amid suit: critics Prince Charles praises Prince William and Prince Harry in new essay The best royal fashion moments of 2021, from Meghan Markle to Kitty Spencer Meghan Markle, Prince Harry share first photo of baby Lilibet on Christmas card Prince Harry says his family is unsafe in England and threatened to take legal action against the British government if it does not provide security for him while he is the UK — which he claimed he offered to pay for. Harry, 37, stepped down from his royal duties in 2020, and moved to North America with his family amid tensions with Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Sussex pays for a private security team, but lawyers claim more protection is needed in his homeland, as his family “has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats,” according to a statement. Lawyers put the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court on notice in September that his legal team will seek a judicial review if the government...
    The man who broke into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day armed with a crossbow recorded a threatening Snapchat clip, channeling Darth Vader and describing himself as a “Sith.” Jaswant Singh Chail said in the clip that he was planning to assassinate the queen in revenge for a notorious 1919 massacre in India by British soldiers. His father, a software engineer, told reporters from MailOnline Monday: “Something’s gone horribly wrong with our son and we are trying to figure out what. “We’ve not had a chance to speak to him but are trying to get him the help he needs. From our perspective, we are going through a difficult time. We are trying to resolve this issue and it’s not easy.” In the video, Chail says, in a heavily distorted voice: “I’m an Indian Sikh, a Sith. My name was Jaswant Singh Chail, my name is Darth Jones.” In the Star Wars movies, the “Sith” are aligned with the “dark side” of “the Force.” On the wall behind the man is a framed picture, which, the Sun says, is “of obscure...
    A British worker is missing in Afghanistan after he was reportedly seized by the Taliban and held at gunpoint. Grant Bailey has not been seen since Saturday when he was arrested by the Islamists during a security crackdown in Kabul. It is feared the NGO worker in his 50s is being held in one of the capital's notorious prison complexes. Mr Bailey, who is married and from southern England, had worked in Afghanistan for years and returned in September after the Taliban seized power. The Foreign Office is desperately trying to locate him amid increasing fears for his safety. British worker Grant Bailey (pictured) is missing in Afghanistan after he was reportedly seized by the Taliban and held at gunpoint He has not been seen since Saturday when he was arrested by the Islamists during a security crackdown in Kabul (file image)  A UK security source told the Daily Mirror Mr Bailey was arrested at gunpoint on Saturday. They said: 'We were quite surprised he went back to Kabul after the Western withdrawal as the security situation there is obviously much worse....
    A BRITISH mum who left to join ISIS with her four kids has pleaded to let her return from Syria. Nicole Jack, from West London, and her daughters aged seven, nine, and 12, are being detained in Camp Roj alongside thousands of families of IS fighters. 2Ms Jack told the BBC that she is not a security risk to the UKCredit: BBC Speaking to the BBC, Ms Jack said that her family were "out of sight, out of mind" from the British public and that the UK Government must not sweep them "under the carpet". However, the Home Office told the BBC that its priority was to ensure the UK's safety and security. Ms Jack claims that she is not a security risk despite living under the rule of the IS for three years from 2015 to 2018. By 2015, the IS had already been known for its brutal ways including public beheadings and unlike other jihadi brides from the UK, she was an adult when she left. Asked if she had been aware of the militant group's brutality, she...
    The arms trade is a shady and often unspoken area where royals, the secret services and the SAS come together.  Sultans and sheiks from Bahrain to Brunei queued up to have their bodyguards advised by the men in black balaclavas from Hereford, while British Intelligence has long been used in support of British-based private commerce to provide information on the negotiating positions of rival manufacturers. The member of the Royal Family closest to this curious world was Prince Andrew.  More than anyone else, he had enjoyed a serious military career of 22 years, serving as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War.  In late October 2008, the American ambassador to the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan was offered a surprising glimpse of his activities after a business brunch there which the Prince attended (pictured) This gave him an insight into military technology, including both advanced naval ships and aviation. When he left the Navy, he became an ambassador for British trade, with military technology always high on his list of priorities. In late October 2008, the American ambassador to...
    A British man is 'assisting police' after his Czech girlfriend was shot dead in Colombia following an argument between the couple at their hotel, according to local reports.  Anna Tinterova, a 25-year-old nurse originally from Prague, was discovered in a rural area near the town of La Salada, 80 miles south of Medellin in the mountainous Antioquia province. Police believe she was shot dead at around 7.30pm on Friday in the same spot where her body was found, just a few miles outside the town centre.  Unconfirmed local reports say her boyfriend, described as a 25-year-old British national, told police he last saw her leaving their holiday apartment after a row. Anna Tinterova (pictured) , a 25-year-old nurse originally from Prague, was discovered in a rural area near the town of La Salada, 80 miles south of Medellin Ms Tinterova and her boyfriend are said to have arrived in Medellin, the capital of mountainous Antioquia province, around a month ago Photos from Ms Tinterova's Facebook page show her enjoying nature Police chief Gustavo Franco Gomez said: 'We are carrying out interviews...
    In a column in the Telegraph, the new head of British diplomacy did not mention the tensions with France and spoke to the world about the post-Brexit UK position. Britain’s new foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has defended London’s approach to security deals with Washington and Canberra. Paris was outraged after Australia canceled a mega-submarine deal. The British diplomat wrote in a statement that the agreement “shows the UK’s commitment to safeguarding our interests” and “our commitment to the security and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.” Sunday, September 19. The United States, Australia and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership, including the delivery of US submarines to China, AUKUS and Canberra. Australia’s decision to cancel a deal to buy 56 billion euros worth of French traditional submarines for US nuclear-powered ships has sparked outrage in Paris.. President Emmanuel Macron recalled the French ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented gesture. Speaking on the France 2 television channel on Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Trian spoke of a “serious crisis” and condemned the “duplicity” of Canberra and...
    Afghan interpreters airlifted to Britain are having to be guarded because of “Taliban sympathisers” among the evacuees, reports have revealed. “It is only right that those who stood side by side with us in conflict and their families can now rebuild their lives in the UK without fear of reprisals,” said a spokesman for the Home Office — the government department with broad responsibility for borders, policing, and national security — in comments quoted by The Telegraph, which revealed that security measures are already being put in place at the quarantine hotels hosting evacuees. “We’ve got to make sure that they are safe, as amongst those that arrived in the UK, there are actually Taliban sympathisers,” commented Shabnam Nasimi, director of the Conservative Friends of Afghanistan spokesman for the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, on the situation. “We’ve heard that there were people being evacuated who were saying on the plane: ‘Don’t say anything bad about the Taliban’,” he warned. “We have a duty to protect [the interpreters]. They protected us and our mission in Afghanistan, they stood alongside us...
    The U.K.'s defense chief promised Friday to "get to the bottom of" a security lapse that saw documents identifying Afghan staff members and job applicants left behind at the abandoned British Embassy in Kabul.  Times of London reporter Anthony Loyd said he found the papers scattered on the ground as he toured Kabul’s abandoned diplomatic district with a Taliban escort this week.  Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said "clearly it’s not good enough" that the documents were left unsecured. He said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson "will be asking some questions" about what had happened.  The first flight carrying evacuated personnel of British Embassy staff and various British nationals arrives from Kabul at RAF Brize Norton in England on Aug. 16. (AP/Ministry of Defence) SOME AFGHANS STAYED AT KABUL AIRPORT DESPITE TERROR ATTACK, WITNESS SAYS  "We’ll find out and get to the bottom of it," Wallace told LBC radio.  Thousands of citizens who worked with Western forces have been trying to leave Afghanistan, fearing reprisals now that the Taliban control the country.  Loyd said the documents included the...
    Taliban fighters in a vehicle patrol the streets of Kabul on August 23, 2021 as in the capital, the Taliban have enforced some sense of calm in a city long marred by violent crime, with their armed forces patrolling the streets and manning checkpoints.Wakil Kohsar | AFP | Getty Images China will likely engage with the Taliban to achieve two crucial goals — set up an economic corridor with Afghanistan and ensure stability in its neighborhood, according to Tom Tugendhat, a British Member of Parliament. "I'm sure Beijing will be looking to open up an economic corridor in a similar way they tried to do in Pakistan," Tugendhat, leader of the U.K. government's China Research Group and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, told CNBC's Sri Jegarajah. "But, the reality is, that they are seeking to secure their 'near abroad' as the old Soviets would have put it," said Tugendhat, who is an MP for the U.K.'s ruling Conservative Party. The term "near abroad" was reportedly coined by Russia following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It was used...
    AN AFGHAN on a "no-fly watchlist" was flown into the UK during an evacuation mission. Officials were alerted "overnight" after the unnamed person landed in a British military plane, says a report. 3Police and other officials waiting outside the arrivals hall at Birmingham Airport, as refugees from Afghanistan arrive in EnglandCredit: PA The individual, who is not being identified by the government, was flown into Birmingham as part of the British evacuation operation in a potential security breach, says Sky News. The "no-fly watchlist" is designed to block people who are considered a security threat from reaching the UK. The government will not say if the person has since been detained. But, if they pose a threat, the government will not now be able to return them to Afghanistan after Britain suspended flights. The news of the case emerged at a briefing for MPs by ministers and officials on Monday. Opposition MPs worry this is a security breach, although government sources say that the fact the person has been identified shows the watchlist is working. Most read in The...
    Afghan evacuees disembark a Royal Air Force military plane that landed in the United Arab Emirates. They will then travel on to the UK. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images Guards for the UK embassy in Kabul were told they couldn't get British protection because they were outsourced through a contractor, The Guardian reports. Many of them are in hiding now out of fear that the Taliban will harm them. Meanwhile, more than 100 guards for the US embassy hired by the same contractor have been evacuated, an employee told The Guardian. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. More than 100 guards for the UK embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, were told they were ineligible for British protection because they were outsourced through a contractor, reported The Guardian's Amelia Gentleman in an exclusive story. Some of them were told over the...
    British MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Defense Committee in the British Parliament, mocked Biden's "America is back" foreign policy. "Whatever happened to 'America is back'?" Ellwood told the Washington Post. "People are bewildered that after two decades of this big, high-tech power intervening, they are withdrawing and effectively handing the country back to the people we went in to defeat," Ellwood added. "This is the irony. How can you say America is back when we're being defeated by an insurgency armed with no more than [rocket-propelled grenades], land mines and AK-47s?" Riad Kahwaji, whom the Post described as "the Inegma security consultancy in the United Arab Emirates, which hosts one of the biggest American military contingents in the Middle East," told the newspaper that Biden's withdrawal "is raising alarm bells everywhere." "The U.S.'s credibility as an ally has been in question for a while," Kahwaji said. "We see Russia fighting all the way to protect the Assad regime [in Syria], and now the Americans are pulling out and leaving a big...
    British intelligence services have reportedly intercepted communications from militants in Afghanistan indicating that UK jihadis have travelled to Afghanistan to join the Taliban. Phone calls intercepted from war-torn Afghanistan have revealed jihadis with British accents living among the Taliban. It is believed that the British fighters smuggled themselves into the country following the withdrawal of American military personnel. “We have received some intercepts of two British men, probably below 30, talking openly on mobiles,” a senior military intelligence source told The Sun. “One had a London accent, what you might call a street accent.” Another security service source reported that the government has “intermittent intelligence” indicating that British fighters have joined forces with the Taliban. Colonel Richard Kemp CBE, who previously served as a commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: “Many British and other foreign jihadists travelled to Afghanistan before and after 9/11 to fight there and, in many cases train, organise and then travel elsewhere for jihad. “The more gains the Taliban makes, the more it will encourage jihadists to carry out attacks at home and also head for Afghanistan....
    LONDON (AP) — Britain will send around 600 troops to Afghanistan to help U.K. nationals leave the country amid increasing violence and deteriorating security, the ministry of defense said Thursday. A ministry statement said the troops will provide protection and logistical support for the relocation of British nationals where required. They will also help speed up efforts to swiftly relocate to Britain interpreters and other Afghan staff who worked alongside U.K. forces in Afghanistan. The additional forces are expected to arrive in Kabul “over the coming days” and will be deployed on a short-term basis, the ministry statement said. “The security of British nationals, British military personnel and former Afghan staff is our first priority,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said. “We must do everything we can to ensure their safety.” Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Alexander Kuranov, 73, a Russian rocket scientist, has been arrested and accused of spying for the West Russia has detained one of its top hypersonic scientists on suspicion of high treason. Professor Alexander Kuranov, 73, was held by the FSB counterintelligence service which accuses him of passing secrets to an unspecified NATO country. He is due in Lefortovo court in Moscow today and is expected to be detained for two months pending investigations. His arrest comes after Briton David Smith, a security guard at the British embassy in Germany, was taken for questioning on suspicion of passing confidential information to the Kremlin. Smith - described by neighbours as short, overweight and a man who kept himself to himself - is accused of passing classified terrorism documents to a Russian spy. His arrest comes as Russia is rushing forward its deployment of new-age hypersonic missiles as part of a major modernisation of the Kremlin's military machine overseen by Vladimir Putin. Kuranov is a key figure in developing hypersonic technologies in Russia, but the FSB - formerly known as the KGB...
    A SECURITY guard at Britain's embassy in Berlin has been snared on suspicion of spying for Vladimir Putin. The 57-year-old is feared to have had access to the names and aliases of British agents. 4A security guard at Britain's embassy in Berlin has been snared on suspicion of spying for Vladimir PutinCredit: EPA The Sun can reveal he is thought to have "extreme right-wing views", raising the possibility he may have been blackmailed by Russia. The British guard was held after months of MI5 investigations. UK and German spooks were alerted to his alleged links to Russia’s foreign intelligence agency the SVR last autumn. At the heart of their investigation is the suspicion that he received thousands of pounds to hand over information gleaned from behind the walls of the vast building. It is the UK’s major hub for spying operations across Europe and Russia — with scores of agents working in the city. Last night, spy expert Dr Anthony Glees said: “A Russian spy in the UK’s German embassy in Berlin is second best only to having a Russian...
    A BRITISH Army veteran and dad who was killed in a suspected drone attack aboard an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea has been named. Adrian Underwood is thought to have died alongside a Romanian national in the strike on the Liberian-flagged Mercer Street. 5British Army veteran Adrian Underwood died in a suspected drone attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian SeaCredit: Facebook 5He was killed when the Mercer Street tanker was attacked off OmanCredit: AP The Fijian-born Brit was working in a security role for maritime security company Ambrey when he was killed. A JustGiving page setup for the former soldier has already raised close to £5,000. Tonight, the UK government condemned the deadly attack as a "violation of international law" and said it was "highly likely" Iran used one or more drones to carry it out. It comes after a "potential hijack" of an oil tanker by armed attackers in the Gulf of Oman this evening. 'HUMBLE GENTLEMAN' A heartfelt tribute written by a pal said: "In memory of Adrian Underwood, who sadly died when the ship...
    The BBC today revealed that secret documents from the British Ministry of Defense, which is investigating Russia’s reaction to the passage of a British destroyer from Crimea, were found at a bus stop in the UK this week. The citizen, who found about 50 pages of important documents, including emails and PowerPoint presentations, in Kent, southeastern England, chose to contact the public broadcaster and remain anonymous. A Defense Ministry spokesman said one of his officials had previously reported missing documents and that it was inappropriate to comment further. The documents include details of the passage of the British-destroyed HMS Defender by sea from the Crimean peninsula, which raised tensions between London and Moscow this week. The Russian navy says it fired warning shots after the British ship failed to respond to calls for withdrawal. The UK denied that version, saying its ship was “making an innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters under international law” and that it had not heard any warning footage. However, leaked documents show that London had already relied on Russia to respond aggressively to...
    A British man has been arrested in Benidorm on suspicion of hacking the home security cameras of more than 70 families around the world and obtaining more than 1,000 images of naked children. Police say the alleged paedophile, who worked as a babysitter and private tutor, also sold child porn on the dark web using Bitcoins and was accused of sexually harassing nearly a dozen minors he filmed naked in video chats before threatening them. He was held by Spanish police following a tip-off from colleagues in Queensland in Australia. Images of sex abuse were found during a search of his home as well as evidence pointing to the use of cryptocurrency and money transfers to Romania to people involved in child porn The suspect's age has not yet been revealed although police say he was known to the authorities after being arrested as a minor for committing child porn offences Detectives discovered his real identity after breaking through tight security he had established. The footage he obtained by hacking families' IP indoor home security cameras included that...
    Donald Trump's allies were so intent on rooting out a 'deep state' working against him that they employed a British spy to recruit women as 'honeytraps', intent on ferreting out critics of the then-president while on dates at DC restaurants. Among the targets was H.R. McMaster, a lieutenant general in the Army who took over as National Security Advisor in February 2017, after Mike Flynn's 22 days in the role. McMaster was often painted as someone more loyal to the country than the president, and so a glamorous Texas journalist, Tarah Price, was paid $10,000 to try to seduce him into revealing information at a DC Italian restaurant he was known to frequent, according to a report in the New York Times. Another woman, a Russian-born pro poker player and former contestant on the television program Survivor, Anna Khait, was tasked with seducing State Department employees into admitting, on fake dates, filmed undercover, that they disliked Trump and wanted to thwart him. Anna Khait, seen on the 2016 Survivor, was recruited to film State Dept officials undercover ...
    VIDEO5:2505:25Former Hong Kong lawmaker says many people are now 'too afraid to speak up'Squawk Box Asia A former pro-democracy lawmaker in Hong Kong says people there have become "distressed" and "disillusioned" as some fear the city has lost important freedoms. Widespread pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2019 have largely subsided, in part due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the enactment of a controversial national security law last year. Emily Lau, a former Democratic Party member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, said some Hong Kongers now fear that "we probably have lost our freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of demonstration maybe not forever, but for many, many years." "And that's how distressed and how disillusioned the Hong Kong people are," Lau told CNBC's Martin Soong on Tuesday.Read more about Hong KongHong Kong legislature will be 'largely ceremonial' after China revamp, says ex-U.S. diplomat Carrie Lam hopes Biden administration will give Hong Kong's national security law 'a fair hearing' China passes controversial national security law for Hong Kong Beijing bypassed Hong Kong's legislature to implement a...
    LONDON, March 26 (.) – Russia poses the most acute immediate threat to Britain in cyberspace, while China’s ambition to be dominant in a host of new technologies will transform the world, said the head of the British cybersecurity center. . “In cyberspace, as in other areas of security, Russia represents the most acute and immediate threat to the United Kingdom,” said Lindy Cameron, managing director of the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC), which is the department of security, on Friday. British technology. “We must be clear about China’s ambition for technological advancement,” said Cameron. “China will change the world we live in in a much more fundamental way than Russia.” (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)
    New York : Dua Lipa. Photo: JC Olivera / . Dua Lipa she felt scared and upset on the weekend in Mexico City, when Mexican fans approached her and wanted to grab her. “Word that she was in the area spread and obviously people were eager to see Dua. But it got nasty when two fans rushed up to her. They really ran towards her and it was a terrifying moment, “explained an insider to the British newspaper The Sun. “Dua looked really uncomfortable. Fortunately, security was there to take people away because who knows what could have happened, “he added. The interpreter of “Levitating” was visiting the Mexican capital to record advertising for the Yves Saint Laurent brand. In the video of the altercation, it is seen when two fans rushed towards the British and they pushed her when he was a few feet from his car. The security elements accompanying her tried to push people away seconds before the vehicle started. In her networks, the singer did not refer to the...
    Conclusion – Boris Johnson on Tuesday rejected new foreign and security policy priorities. Reporter in London The UK needs to find its place in the post-Brexit world. Freed from the European backwaters, the country could finally reach the open sea and regain global influence, according to the Brexiters. This is the whole concept of “Global Britain”. The “integrated review” released this Tuesday before the British Parliament should give meaning to this vision, setting new priorities for British foreign policy, security and security. One of the most spectacular announcements, the most unexpected, result Strengthening of British nuclear weapons. Number of weapons carried by four submarines, with three decades of progressive disarmament Trident Will increase by more than 40%. The maximum share of nuclear weapons will increase from 180 to 260. This increase is justified by a “Emerging Range of Technological and Theoretical Threats” Worldwide. British nuclear weapons can This article is for subscribers only. You have 87% left to find. Subscribe: 1st month Can be canceled at any time ...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek “deeper trade links” with China, according to the new ‘Global Britain’ policy paper released on Tuesday. The British government will look to increase security surrounding critical infrastructures like the national power grid, water supplies, and transport networks in order to open a path to increase economic ties with the communist country. The 109-page review entitled ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age’ is being dubbed as the biggest foreign policy adjustment for the UK since the Cold War, according to The Times. The review acknowledges that the Chinese government represents the “biggest state-based threat” to Britain’s economic security as well as posing a “systemic challenge” to British values. Yet, the policy paper goes on to say that the UK should still seek to court the regime in Beijing in order to gain “deeper trade links and more Chinese investment”. Investment from China has already seen at least seventeen independent schools being bought up by Chinese billionaires with ties to the governing Communist Party. The British government will say that it will “not hesitate” to stand...
    (CNN)Russia is Britain's top security challenge, the UK will build more nuclear weapons and London will expand its presence in the high-tech realms of space and cyberspace, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Tuesday in a sweeping review of British military and foreign policy.To accomplish its goals, the British government wants to increase defense spending by £24 billion ($33.3 billion) over the next four years, a large increase on the £42.2 billion it spent in 2019-2020. The government also pledged tens of billions of pounds in investment in other areas, including £15 billion for research and development for science and technology, more than £17 billion to fight climate change and promote biodiversity, and £13 billion in the fight against the coronavirus.The document reaffirms the UK's defense and economic partnerships with the US as its most important in the world, and it makes a strong commitment to the NATO alliance but pledges to expand Britain's role worldwide, recognizing a tilt toward the Indo-Pacifc in the coming decade.From that region, it calls out challenges posed by China.Read More"China's increasing power and international assertiveness...
    Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle claimed she felt alone fighting constant media speculation and “falsehoods perpetuated” by “the firm”, her description for the British royal family, ever since her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018, in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. In the hotly-anticipated interview which aired on CBS on Sunday at 8 p.m., Meghan also accused the Royal family of being cold and racist, especially towards her and their son Archie, which pushed the couple away. Prince Harry-Meghan Markle On Oprah Winfrey Interview: Here’s How Tyler Perry Rescued The Couple After Their Security Was Stripped. Meghan said the fear for their child, for whom no security was offered by the Royal family, and the growing scrutiny also had a damaging effect on her mental health, and she claimed going through suicidal thoughts while she was pregnant. “I was ashamed to say it at the time I just didn’t want to be alive any more. And that was a very real and clear, and frightening and constant thought,” she said in the two-hour pre-recorded interview, adding that the Palace...
    MINISTERS fear a ­possible Supreme Court defeat today which would pave the way for runaway jihadi bride Shamima Begum’s UK return. The Government has fought to stop her being granted the right to come back to appeal after she was stripped of her ­British passport. 3The Government has fought to stop Shamima Begum being granted the right to come back to appeal after she was stripped of her ­British passportCredit: Enterprise News and Pictures Begum was 15 when she left Bethnal Green in East London and married an IS terrorist in Syria. Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid tore up her citizenship on national security grounds when she was discovered pregnant in a refugee camp in 2019. Now 21, she has been stuck in northern Syria ever since. The Court of Appeal last year said she should be allowed home to pursue her appeal. Ministers challenged it in the highest court of the land, which presents its judgement today. Priti Patel said Begum coming back to the UK “would create significant national security risks” and expose the public to “an increased...
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