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Boris Johnson forced to reduce Huawei’s role in UK’s 5G networks

Boris Johnson forced to reduce Huawei’s role in UK’s 5G networks

has been forced to cave into to Conservative backbench rebels opposed to the presence of Huawei in 5G networks and has drawn up plans to reduce the Chinese company’s involvement to zero by 2023.The prime minister’s retreat is designed to stave off what could have been an embarrassing defeat when his existing proposal to reduce to a 35% market share was to be voted on in the Commons.Although Johnson boasts an 80 strong majority, the number of Conservative MPs willing to rebel on the issue is now estimated to be 50 – enough in theory to defeat the government – as anti-Chinese sentiment...

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Police vow to break up planned anti-lockdown protests in UK cities

Police vow to break up planned anti-lockdown protests in UK cities

Unclear who is behind plans, but experts warn of cross-pollination with far-right ideas Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPAThu 14 May 2020 10.49 EDTPolice have said they will break up anti-lockdown protests advertised on social media for this weekend if necessary, amid warnings that the events could be exploited by the far right.Flyers for around 60 protests to be held in parks in cities such as Manchester, Leicester and Southampton have circulated online, produced by the little-known “UK Freedom Movement” which aims to say “no to the new normal and no to the...

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Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab

Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab

There is no current evidence to suggest that coronavirus leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, intelligence sources have told the Guardian, contradicting recent White House claims that there is growing proof this is how the pandemic began.The sources also insisted that a “15-page dossier” highlighted by the Australian Daily Telegraph which accused China of a deadly cover up was not culled from intelligence from the , an alliance between the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.British and other Five Eyes agencies do believe that Beijing has not necessarily been open about how...

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Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab

Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab

No current evidence to suggest coronavirus leaked from Wuhan research lab, agencies say Defence and security editorMon 4 May 2020 15.36 EDTThere is no current evidence to suggest that coronavirus leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, intelligence sources have told the Guardian, contradicting recent White House claims that there is growing proof this is how the pandemic began.The sources also insisted that a “15-page dossier” highlighted by the Australian Daily Telegraph which accused China of a deadly cover up was not culled from intelligence from the , an alliance between the UK, US,...

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BAE Systems sold £15bn worth of arms to Saudis during Yemen assault

BAE Systems sold £15bn worth of arms to Saudis during Yemen assault

Britain’s leading arms manufacturer sold £15bn worth of arms and services to the Saudi military during the last five years, the period covered by Riyadh’s involvement in the deadly bombing campaign in the war in Yemen.Figures taken from and newly analysed by the reveal the British arms maker generated £2.5bn in revenues from the Saudi military during the whole of 2019.That takes the total sales of BAE arms and services to the Saudi military for the period between 2015 and 2019 – including the period from the start of the Saudi bombing in March 2015 – to slightly over £15bn, or 17.3% over...

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UK spy agencies urge China rethink once Covid-19 crisis is over

UK spy agencies urge China rethink once Covid-19 crisis is over

Britain’s intelligence community believes the UK needs to reassess its relationship with after the coronavirus crisis subsides and consider if tighter controls are needed over high-tech and other strategic industries.They reckon China will become more assertive in defending its one-party model as having successfully tackled the pandemic and that Boris Johnson and other ministers will have to take a “realistic view” and consider how the UK responds.Issues being aired are whether the UK wants to restrict takeovers of key companies in high-tech areas such as digital communications and...

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UK ministers will no longer claim 'no successful examples' of Russian interference

UK ministers will no longer claim 'no successful examples' of Russian interference

Ministers have been told they can no longer say there have been “no successful examples” of Russian disinformation affecting UK elections, after the apparent hacking of an NHS dossier seized on by during the last campaign.The dropping of the old line is the first official admission of the impact of Kremlin efforts to distort Britain’s political processes, and comes after three years of the government’s refusal to engage publicly with the threat.Cabinet Office sources confirmed the position been quietly changed while an investigation into the alleged hacking of the from a special adviser’s...

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Corbyn outperforms expectations in head to head with Johnson

Corbyn outperforms expectations in head to head with Johnson

If the post debate poll is to be believed, it was . Boris Johnson in the eyes of just 51% of the viewers, compared with Jeremy Corbyn’s 49%, according to an immediate poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of Sky News.It can be tempting to dismiss such immediate sampling, although such surveys are taken in the minutes after a TV debate ends and people are invited to express a simple, binary view.And while may not have won, the fact that Corbyn was very competitive will be a boost to the opposition party’s morale. A pre-match YouGov poll suggested that people believed Johnson would perform...

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Nov 20
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