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Day: June 4, 2018

A new counter terrorism strategy introduce by UK govt
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A new counter terrorism strategy introduce by UK govt

    The EU is split on post-Brexit security cooperation, the UK home secretary has said, as he introduced a new government counter-terrorism strategy with an appeal for Brussels to focus on maintaining strong links. Sajid Javid, outlining the approach, called Contest, in a speech in London, said it would be wrong and reckless for either side to seek a reduction in security and terror cooperation after Brexit. After the speech, Javid said the European commission was seeking to treat the UK as a third country, and that interior ministers he was meeting took a very different view. Security links have been one of the more contested areas of Brexit talks, with Theresa May facing resistance from some in the EU over her desire for a new treaty on cooperation. Officials have a...
Britain’s youngest female terror plotter guilty
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Britain’s youngest female terror plotter guilty

    Britain’s youngest female terror plotter has been found guilty of preparing an attack on London with the first all-woman Islamic State cell. Safaa Boular, now 18, secretly discussed the murderous scheme with her sister and mother using coded language which had an Alice in Wonderland tea party theme. Instead of cucumber sandwiches and cakes, her sister Rizlaine, 22, bought a large knife to bring carnage to Westminster in April last year. Boular first began planning a grenade and gun attack on the British Museum when she was thwarted from joining her IS husband in Syria. She passed the baton to her sibling after she was arrested and remanded in custody for trying to travel to the war zone. Following an Old Bailey trial, she was found guilty of preparing acts of ter...
Grenfell inquiry into the disaster begins hearing evidence
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Grenfell inquiry into the disaster begins hearing evidence

    Fresh details about how the Grenfell Tower fire took hold with such deadly effect will emerge on Monday as the inquiry into the disaster begins hearing evidence. Expert reports detailing the cause of the inferno and why it spread so quickly are to be published as the inquiry hears an opening statement from its top lawyer. Seventy-one people were killed during the tragedy in Kensington, west London, on June 14 last year. The fact-finding stage of the inquiry will begin with an all-day address by lead counsel Richard Millett QC, following seven days of emotional family tributes to the dead. A provisional schedule indicates that a submission from Harley Facades, the firm which installed the cladding on Grenfell Tower, will also be read into record. It is suspected t...
Brexiters hit back if Britain leaves the EU without a deal
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Brexiters hit back if Britain leaves the EU without a deal

    Brexiters have hit back at leaked Whitehall advice warning of food and fuel shortages if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, with the Conservative backbencher Jacob Rees Mogg calling it project fear on speed. As Theresa May’s ministers prepared to return to Westminster after the Whitsun recess with the cabinet still deadlocked over customs arrangements, a fresh row broke out over the risks of a no deal Brexit. Three scenarios drawn up in Whitehall and obtained by the Sunday Times the worst of the three referred to as armageddon set out the consequences should Britain walk away from the negotiating table. In the second scenario, not even the worst, the port of Dover will collapse on day one. The supermarkets of Cornwall and Scotland will run out of food within a c...
Britain faces full spectrum of Russian threat
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Britain faces full spectrum of Russian threat

    Britain will face a full spectrum Russian threat for years to come, a new report has claimed. The Kremlin's use of hackers, trolls, paid protesters and misinformation are all part of a destabilisation strategy, Tory MP Bob Seely suggests. In a peer-reviewed report for think tank the Henry Jackson Society, the Conservative MP says the covert and overt forms of malign influence used by Moscow should be termed contemporary Russian conflict. He suggests the Kremlin considers non-military tools to be potentially more powerful than military tools, with instruments such as information warfare, cultural manipulation and social media hacktivism being used to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of direct force. Mr Seely argues Russian President Vladimir Putin views...