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November 2019 - United Kingdom Special Weapons News
- NATO Allies' defence investment: Foreign Secretary's statement UK MOD 29 Nov 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave a statement following an announcement that NATO Allies have increased defence investment.
- London Police Kill Man, Declare Terrorist Incident on London Bridge VOA 29 Nov 2019 -- British police say two stabbing victims have died in addition to a knife-wielding attacker who was confronted and killed Friday on London Bridge, in an attack police are treating as an act of terrorism.
- Foreign Office statement on North Korea missile test, November 2019 UK FCO 28 Nov 2019 -- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office responds to further missile tests by North Korea.
- London-based research group says UK cannot fight Russia Press TV 27 Nov 2019 -- The British army is no match for Russia's armed forces, according to research by a prestigious London-based think tank.
- Sturgeon goes on the offensive against Tories Press TV 27 Nov 2019 -- The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, has launched a blistering attack on the Tories, as her party launched its election manifesto.
- Netanyahu Hints Mossad Intelligence Sharing With London Could End if Corbyn Elected Sputnik 27 Nov 2019 -- The relationship between the two intelligence communities is a fairly intimate one, with Benjamin Netanyahu previously claiming cooperation between the Mossad spy agency and MI6 and MI5 "has saved many lives - many Israeli lives and many, many British lives".
- Sturgeon reinforces SNP's fierce opposition to Trident Press TV 24 Nov 2019 -- The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, says that the Labour party must demonstrate commitment to scrapping Trident if it wants to secure the backing of the SNP after the general election.
- SNP Ready to Discuss Labour Pact Only if Trident Nukes Removed from Scotland - Sturgeon Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- The SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, has previously stated that the party refuses to make investments in the Trident nuclear programme and that its abandonment could be included in the party's post-election "wish-list".
- Jeremy Corbyn May Jeopardise UK National Security if 'Handed Keys to No 10', Ex-MI6 Chief Warns Sputnik 24 Nov 2019 -- Given that the head of the government enjoys a full security clearance, a former spy, who served a staggering 38 years in the intelligence service, has suggested it would be somewhat risky to let the Labour have the keys to No. 10.
- UK condemned by international community over Chagos Islands Press TV 23 Nov 2019 -- The island nation of Mauritius has hit out at the UK's decision not to return the occupied Chagos Islands.
- ‘Illegal colonial occupier’: Mauritius blasts UK as it skips UN deadline to return Chagos Islands housing US airbase RT 22 Nov 2019 -- The UK missed a UN deadline to vacate its Indian Ocean islands, the largest of which hosts an American airbase, garnering some strong words from its former colony Mauritius, which sold them to London for £3m back in the day.
- Partnering With Private Industry Necessary for U.S., U.K. Defense, Official Says DoD News 22 Nov 2019 -- The future of defense for the United States and the United Kingdom in the face of growing cyber threats and technological change was a key topic of the 2019 Atlantic Future Forum yesterday aboard the U.K. Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, anchored near Annapolis, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
- U.S., U.K., Japan Navies Reaffirm Commitment to Increased Cooperation NNS 20 Nov 2019 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday joined First Sea Lord, United Kingdom Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin and Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura for a trilateral maritime discussion onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) anchored outside Annapolis, Nov. 20.
- U.K. Summons Chinese Ambassador in 'Outrage' Over Tortured Consular Employee Radio Free Asia 20 Nov 2019 -- Britain on Wednesday summoned the Chinese ambassador to express "outrage" at the detention and torture of a former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong, which came after he took part in the five-month-long pro-democracy protests in the city.
- Foreign Secretary statement on Simon Cheng, 20 November 2019 UK FCO 20 Nov 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave a statement on the detention and mistreatment of Simon Cheng, a former member of staff at the British Consulate Hong Kong.
- Ex-UK consulate employee's legal rights protected in custody: Chinese FM Global Times 20 Nov 2019 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday stressed that the Chinese public security department guaranteed former British Consulate General employee Simon Cheng Man-kit's legal rights during his administrative detention in August and he has confessed his guilt, after media reports alleged Cheng was tortured by police.
- Hong Kong protests: Foreign Office statement, 18 November 2019 UK FCO 18 Nov 2019 -- The Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued a statement following violence during protests at university campuses in Hong Kong.
- Pressure Mounts on Boris Johnson to Release Russian Meddling Report VOA 17 Nov 2019 -- A senior official from Britain's main opposition Labour Party says that leaks from a parliamentary report on Russian interference in British politics raises important questions about the fairness of next month's general election.
- UK Security Minister Lewis: We Will Publish Report on "Russian Meddling" After Election Sputnik 17 Nov 2019 -- Earlier, Dominic Grieve, the chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, accused UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of stalling a publication of a dossier on the alleged Russian interference during the 2016 Brexit referendum.
- UK Pitches its State-of-the-Art Super Aircraft Carrier to Make it in India Sputnik 15 Nov 2019 -- The statement comes days after Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh highlighted the requirement of three aircraft carriers for the Navy to overcome critical capability voids during a naval commanders' conference in New Delhi.
- Legal challenge to force UK government to release Russia report Press TV 14 Nov 2019 -- It seems that the report on the alleged Russian interference in British politics is so embarrassing that the UK government prefers to tolerate the mounting criticism and pressure from within and without rather than publish it.
- 200 UK troops deploy to support flood relief UK MOD 13 Nov 2019 -- Two hundred UK Armed Forces personnel have deployed this morning to South Yorkshire to support flood relief efforts.
- British Refusal to Publish Russia Report Fuels Suspicions of Kremlin Links VOA 13 Nov 2019 -- The British government is refusing to publish a report examining Russian interference in its democratic process, despite widespread calls for its release before the December general election. The move is fueling suspicions that the details could be damaging for the ruling Conservative party.
- UK Labour Party Has Reportedly Experienced 'Sophisticated and Large Scale Cyber Attack' Sputnik 11 Nov 2019 -- The UK Labour party said that it has experienced a "sophisticated and large scale cyber attack" on its digital platforms, according to the Evening Standard.
- Hillary Clinton says the UK's decision is 'inexplicable and shameful' Press TV 12 Nov 2019 -- The British government's refusal to publish a report into alleged covert Russian activity in Britain continues to provoke intense controversy.
- Hillary Clinton Criticizes British Government For Delaying Release Of Russia Report RFE/RL 12 Nov 2019 -- Hillary Clinton has called the British government's decision not to publish a parliamentary report on Russian influence in the country's politics "inexplicable and shameful."
- Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran: France, Germany, UK and EU joint statement after 11 November IAEA report UK FCO 11 Nov 2019 -- French, German and UK Foreign Ministers and the EU High Representative statement after announcements that Iran is restarting uranium enrichment activities.
- Nigel Farage Gifts Election to Tories By Pulling Brexit Party Candidates Out of 317 Seats Sputnik 11 Nov 2019 -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was chosen by Conservative Party members in July, is seeking a mandate from the people on 12 December. Now it seems the Brexit Party have given him a leg up.
- U.K. Parliament Highlights Growing Concerns Over Beijing's Influence on Overseas Campuses Radio Free Asia 11 Nov 2019 -- Concerns are growing over the ruling Chinese Communist Party's bid to limit academic freedom, far beyond China's borders on the campuses of overseas universities.
- Speculation mounts that No. 10 is protecting Tory party donors Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Downing Street is continuing to refuse to release a sensitive report into alleged Russian covert actions in Britain, despite coming under considerable pressure to do so.
- UK's MI5 Runs Operation to Shield Parliamentarians' Phones From 'Russian Hackers' - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, also known as MI5, is carrying out a top-secret operation to protect the phones of the monarchy's lawmakers from Russian hackers, The Mirror newspaper reported.
- New Poll Reveals Loss of Labour Party's Popularity Across United Kingdom Sputnik 09 Nov 2019 -- The Labour Party has been in hot water for many years due to accusations of anti-Semitism against the party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn. Most recently, a party councillor was forced to withdraw his candidacy for the general election after being accused of making an anti-Semitic statement.
- Are the West's Secrets Safe in the Hands of Britain's Politicians? VOA 09 Nov 2019 -- Are the West's secrets safe in the hands of Britain’s politicians? It is a question Britain’s intelligence officers are asking themselves — so, too, their counterparts in the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing relationship that includes the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It's a tie-up that’s been called the most successful espionage alliance in history.
- Are We Witnessing the Unmaking of Great Britain? VOA 08 Nov 2019 -- Almost whatever happens Dec. 12, after Britons have voted for the third time in almost four years in a general election, the country is likely to emerge even more disunited than before, analysts and commentators worry.
- UK lowers security level for its ships in Strait of Hormuz Press TV 07 Nov 2019 -- Britain lowers its so-called security risk level for UK-flagged ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.
- UK government welcomes new Yemen peace agreement UK FCO 05 Nov 2019 -- The Government of Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council have signed an agreement in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- Timing Of British PM's Release Of Russian Meddling Report Causes Stir RFE/RL 05 Nov 2019 -- The office of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that a parliamentary report on alleged Russian interference in British politics would not be published before the next month's general elections, raising concerns of a cover up.
- £2.8bn armoured vehicle contract secured for British Army UK MOD 05 Nov 2019 -- A contract worth £2.8 billion has been signed to provide state-of-the-art armoured fighting vehicles to the British Army.
- Iran nuclear deal: Foreign Secretary statement UK FCO 05 Nov 2019 -- Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab responds to Iran's announcement on the JCPoA.
- Britain's MI5 Lowers Terrorist Threat Level VOA 04 Nov 2019 -- Britain's intelligence agency, the MI5, downgraded the country's terrorist threat level from "severe" to a "substantial" on Monday.
- Johnson's position is likely to embolden Scottish radicals Press TV 03 Nov 2019 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has just ruled out a second Scottish independence referendum.
- Nigel Farage appears reluctant to put his popularity to the test Press TV 03 Nov 2019 -- Nigel Farage announced today that he will not be contesting the upcoming general election scheduled for December 12.
- Sturgeon sets out independent Scotland's foreign policy Press TV 03 Nov 2019 -- The leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, told a pro-independence rally yesterday that "Scotland's future" must be placed in "Scotland's hands".
- Brexit Party Leader Farage Chooses Not to Run in UK Election Sputnik 03 Nov 2019 -- Earlier this week, British MPs approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposal to hold a snap election on 12 December. Prior to that, the European Union agreed on another Brexit delay until 31 January.
- Trump benefits from a no-deal Brexit: UK opposition leader Corbyn Press TV 02 Nov 2019 -- UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused US President Donald Trump of meddling in UK politics "to get his friend" British Prime Minister Boris Johnson elected.
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