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MI5 boss accused the Russia bare faced lying and criminal thuggery on Putin’s regime
Featured, Russia

MI5 boss accused the Russia bare faced lying and criminal thuggery on Putin’s regime

    The head of MI5 has accused the Russian government of bare-faced lying and criminal thuggery in a blistering attack on Vladimir Putin's regime. In a speech to European intelligence agencies in Berlin, Andrew Parker said Moscow was using its spies and military to carry out flagrant breaches of international rules. Bare-faced lying seems to be the default mode, coupled with ridicule of critics, he said. The Russian state's now well-practised doctrine of blending media manipulation, social media disinformation and distortion, along with new and old forms of espionage and high-levels of cyber attacks, military force and criminal thuggery is what is meant these days by the term 'hybrid threats'. Mr Parker said the Russian government was the chief protagonist in trying ...
May’s Brexit deal: It risks damaging the UK economy
Featured, United Kingdom

May’s Brexit deal: It risks damaging the UK economy

    The former Labour foreign secretary will share a stage on Monday with former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and the Tory chair of the Commons Treasury committee Nicky Morgan to urge MPs to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal with Brussels if it risks damaging the UK economy. Reports have suggested the prime minister is braced to drop her favoured plan for a customs union with Europe amid pressure from hardliners in her cabinet. Speaking to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Miliband told the Labour leader not to back the government’s plan to leave the single market. The warning for Jeremy Corbyn is if he is not very careful he will be the midwife of a hard Brexit that threatens the living standards of the very people he says he wants to stand up to represent, he said. The ...
Shoppers are deserting greater numbers than depths of 2009 recession
Featured, United Kingdom

Shoppers are deserting greater numbers than depths of 2009 recession

    Shoppers are deserting the high street in greater numbers than during the depths of the recession in 2009, creating a brutal climate that is putting thousands more retail jobs at risk. The coming days will be crucial to the future of a handful of household names, including Mothercare and Carpetright, which are trying to persuade investors to make vital cash injections so they can jettison unwanted stores. There is also the spectre of job losses at Poundworld, the struggling discount chain, which is being cut adrift by its American owners. Dwindling shopper numbers tally with weak spending figures for April, which show Britons slashed spending on gadgets, furniture and even nights out. Consumer spending dropped 2% last month, according to Visa’s consumer spending ind...
Family, With Children in Tow: Carry Out Suicide Bombings at 3 Churches in Indonesia
Asia, Featured

Family, With Children in Tow: Carry Out Suicide Bombings at 3 Churches in Indonesia

    At least 11 people were killed on Sunday morning after suicide bombers detonated explosions at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, as worshipers gathered between services, the police said. Indonesia’s police chief, Tito Karnavian, said the bombings had been the work of one family, who set off three different kinds of bombs. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Islamist militant group’s news agency Amaq, but did not provide any evidence. More than 41 other people were wounded by the attackers, at least one of whom was disguised as a churchgoer, said Frans Barung Mangera, a police spokesman. He said the number of casualties could increase as the police were still investigating the blasts. Mr. Mangera said...
37 Palestinians killed in Gaza where protests US Jerusalem embassy opening
Arab world, Featured

37 Palestinians killed in Gaza where protests US Jerusalem embassy opening

    At least 37 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli troops and dozens of others have been wounded as thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Gaza border ahead of the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The bloodiest day in Gaza since the end of the 2014 war came as Donald Trump praised the embassy move as a great day for Israel. Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will be among US officials attending the opening ceremony later today. Palestinian health officials said a 14-year-old boy was among those killed in the first fatalities of what is expected to be a bloody day on the Gaza border. Hundreds more were reportedly injured. The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of carrying out a terrible massacre and called for an immediate international interventio...