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Halloween Brexit is a fitting outcome for the zombie prime minister | John Crace

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:53:24 GMT

The EU summit became absurdist performance art as all agreed on something they did not want

I was rather nonplussed to learn that Prince William had been doing work experience with the intelligence services and, according to the GCHQ head of counter-terrorism, identified only as David, “comfortably held his own with highly skilled analysts and operators”.

Related: May tells MPs 'swift decisions' on Brexit will be needed after recess

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Unsung Bletchley Park hero whose role in D-day was equal to Turing’s

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 08:00:14 GMT

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the ‘king of calm’ in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers

No contemporary war reports from the German front mention the name of Eric Jones. And there is not much information about him online – in fact there is more about a Welsh climber of the same name. But the Eric Jones who worked in secret at Bletchley Park in the 1940s is soon to be declared a figure of equal importance to Alan Turing.

Recently declassified documents show that Jones, the son of a Macclesfield textile manufacturer, was the man responsible for interpreting and prioritising all the covert intelligence that came into Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe and from spies working near the frontline.

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On his granny’s secret service: Prince William interns at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 05:41:27 GMT

Kensington Palace reveals that the prince has just completed three weeks secretly working alongside the UK spy agencies

The name is Wales, William Wales: licensed to kill three weeks on attachment with Britain’s spies.

Kensington Palace has revealed that the Duke of Cambridge has just finished a three-week stint at the secret intelligence service, MI6, the security service, MI5, and GCHQ.

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Letters: Roderick MacFarquhar obituary

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 17:25:00 GMT

When Roderick MacFarquhar was editor of the China Quarterly in the 1960s, it was funded by the CIA and, as he later admitted, carried articles by senior officials from the CIA, MI6 and the Foreign Office’s Information Research Department. He always denied being influenced by the intelligence agencies, but under his editorship the journal was the public forum where the major argument between the CIA and MI6 over the reality and significance of the Soviet-China split was debated. This had consequences in terms of British policy with regard to Vietnam and the long-running dispute over the bona fides of the defector Anatoly Golitsyn.
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Before the February 1974 general election, Roderick MacFarquhar appointed me as his press secretary for the Belper constituency, a post that involved both devising and embroidering stories in Derbyshire newspapers to enhance his chances of election. Since he was a skilful journalist my press releases improved no end. He was elected with a majority of more than 5,000.

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Police investigating role of UK officers in torture of al-Qaida suspect

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 17:30:12 GMT

Met looking at how much MI5 and MI6 knew of mistreatment of Abu Zubaydah after 9/11

Metropolitan police detectives have launched an investigation into allegations that MI5 and MI6 officers involved in the interrogation under torture of an al-Qaida suspect committed serious criminal offences.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that a senior investigating officer, who is familiar with other rendition cases, has begun examining the role of UK intelligence officials during the questioning of Abu Zubaydah at CIA so-called “black sites”.

The Saudi-born Palestinian was seized in 2002 in Pakistan following the previous year’s 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. He was held at secret US military detention centres in Thailand, Poland and Lithuania, subjected to waterboarding and eventually transferred to Guantánamo Bay.

A four-year-long inquiry by parliament’s all-party intelligence and security committee published its report last year establishing that MI6 had “direct awareness of extreme mistreatment and possibly torture” of Zubaydah at those locations.

It continued: “In May 2002, a US official briefed SIS [MI6] that Abu Zubaydah was being held in Stirling [believed to be the code name for one of the black sites]. SIS became aware that he was being subjected to some harsh interrogation techniques, including sleep deprivation, and that it was considered that 98% of US Special Forces would have broken if subject to the same conditions.”

The report by MPs and peers added: “The case of Abu Zubaydah shows direct awareness of extreme mistreatment – and, probable torture ... However, the Agencies [MI5 and MI6] continued to send the CIA questions to be used in interrogations without seeking any assurances regarding Zubaydah’s treatment in detention, until at least 2006.”

The parliamentary report noted that, according to a 2014 US Senate select committee on intelligence report on the CIA detention and interrogation programme, Abu Zubaydah was routinely subjected to treatment that by UK standards would be considered torture, including being waterboarded.

The European court of human rights ruled in 2014 that Poland was guily of multiple human rights violations in its treatment of Abu Zubaydah, whose full name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn.

The judgment included Abu Zubaydah’s account of how he was suffocated, subjected to deafening blasts of music and denied solid food. Describing the waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah wrote: “I was … put on what looked like a hospital bed, and strapped down very tightly with belts. A black cloth was then placed over my face and the interrogators used a mineral water bottle to pour water on the cloth so that I could not breathe. After a few minutes the cloth was removed and the bed was rotated into an upright position.

“The bed was then again lowered to horizontal position and the same torture carried out again with the black cloth over my face and water poured on from a bottle. I struggled against the straps, trying to breathe, but it was hopeless. I thought I was going to die.”

The Metropolitan police launched their inquiry after Raju Bhatt, a solicitor with the London law firm Bhatt Murphy who represents Abu Zubaydah’s interests in the UK, wrote to the force requesting that it launch a criminal investigation or explain why it had failed to take action.

In his letter to the Met, Bhatt wrote: “It is plain that Mr Zubaydah has been subject to mistreatment amounting to torture, and that there is, to say the least, compelling and credible evidence that UK officials had direct awareness of that torture, but nonetheless sent to US officials questions to be put to him in interrogation.

“It is equally plain that such conduct on the part of the UK officials amount to the commission of serious criminality, including offences under section 134 [of the] Criminal Justice Act 1988 and misconduct in public office.”

Abu Zubaydah, he added, “has been unable to make any such complaint until now. He was unaware of the involvement of UK officials prior to the publication of the ISC report, and the circumstances of his detention mean that there has been unavoidable delay ... in his ability thereafter to identify and instruct suitable legal representatives in the UK.”

A lawyer for the Metropolitan police wrote back confirming that a senior investigating officer, who worked on Operation Hinton and Operation Iden, would begin investigating.

Operation Hinton was an inquiry into MI5’s interrogation of Binyam Mohamed after the CIA told the agency he was being “continuously deprived of sleep”. Operation Iden was a parallel police investigation into the actions of MI6 officers who interrogated suspects at the US-run prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, in January 2002. In both cases the Crown Prosecution Service concluded there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

The Foreign Office said it would neither confirm nor deny that British intelligence officials had been aware of allegations of torture.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police confirmed that “it is reviewing allegations regarding the treatment of a non-British citizen who has been in detention in locations outside the United Kingdom since 2002.

“The Met was requested to review these allegations via a letter to the Commissioner on 30 January 2019. The review will involve an assessment of the knowledge and actions of British personnel, and will report through the Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House. “

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MI6 officer found with child abuse images had charges dropped

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:22:52 GMT

Inquiry hears sexual material was discovered in 2006 but case never came to trial

An MI6 officer was discovered to have child sexual abuse images on his work computer but the charges against him were eventually dropped, the intelligence service has told an inquiry.

The illegal material was found in 2006 and the official was dismissed, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) heard on Tuesday. The case was referred to the police who investigated. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brought charges but it never came to trial.

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Former Lib Dem peer and ex-MI6 chief used former spies to aid Romanian tycoon

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:25:00 GMT

Businessman used ‘intricate knowledge’ gathered by British intelligence firm to fight extradition over corruption charges

A former MI6 boss and an ex-Liberal Democrat peer used retired intelligence officers to gather “sensitive” information from secret sources in the Romanian government to help a wealthy businessman facing corruption allegations, according to documents seen by the Observer.

Sir John Scarlett’s private intelligence firm, SC Strategy (SCS), which he co-owns with Lord Carlile, disclosed in a report produced for the businessman’s lawyers that it had obtained information from a range of well-placed “confidential sources” in Romania on sensitive issues including diplomatic negotiations and the activities of anti-corruption prosecutors.

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Shamima Begum may have criminalised herself, says senior terrorism officer

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:26:59 GMT

Family calls for her return to UK and considers legal action to stop government blocking it

The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, had “potentially criminalised” herself as her family considers court action to stop the government blocking her return to Britain.

Government and counter-terrorism officials are still considering what to do after Begum, now 19, was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp after fleeing Isis’s last stronghold and said she wanted to return to Britain.

Related: After Isis: what happens to the foreign nationals who went to Syria?

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Sex, ska and Malcolm X: MI6’s covert 1960s mission to woo West Indians

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 13:00:05 GMT

Intelligence service secretly funded Flamingo magazine to fight communist threat

Even by the demanding standards of the 1960s, Flamingo was considered a groundbreaking magazine. Mixing glamour, sex advice, culture and international politics, it was one of the first magazines to target Britain’s African-Caribbean community.

It ran from September 1961 until May 1965 and at its peak sold up to 20,000 copies in the UK and 15,000 in the US. It was also distributed in the Caribbean and West Africa, and published dedicated editions in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. It carried interviews with Malcolm X and advertisements for Island Records, which brought Jamaican ska music to Britain.

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Home Office under fire for blocking new spy watchdog

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:00:17 GMT

Surveillance expert Eric King vetoed from top job at IPCO over past associations

The Home Office has prompted outrage by blocking the appointment of the man tasked with leading investigations into the UK’s spy agencies.

Eric King had been appointed head of investigations at the new government watchdog charged with regulating the intelligence agencies until the Home Office intervened, apparently due to his “previous work and associations”.

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Top-secret Christmas card sent to Bletchley Park codebreakers rediscovered

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:05 GMT

Festive wish from family of MI6 boss in 1938 ‘sent with wink’ to those in the know

It’s ranked as one of the least festive Christmas cards ever sent: pipe-smoking men in suits milling around on the immaculately mowed lawn of an English country house.

But the recipients were some of the most secretive people in the country, and only they understood the true message of the card.

Related: Bletchley discloses real intention of 1938 'shooting party'

Related: Meet the female codebreakers of Bletchley Park

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MI6 chief urges Russia: 'Do not underestimate our capabilities' – video

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:59:19 GMT

The head of MI6 has warned the Kremlin not to underestimate Britain and its allies after the Skripal poisoning stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad.

In a rare speech, Alex Younger directly challenged Russia, saying the UK's response to the 'egregious' nerve agent attack in Salisbury should be seen as a warning

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UK is in technological arms race with its foes, warns MI6 chief

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:26:07 GMT

Alex Younger insists Britain must ‘innovate faster’ to stay ahead of threats

The UK is in a technological arms race with hostile states who are using the tools of the information age to pose existential challenges to Britain’s national security, the head of MI6 warned on Monday.

In a rare speech, Alex Younger said British intelligence agencies had to “innovate faster than they can” as the country’s adversaries turn to cyber-attacks, disguised use of military force, misinformation and political obfuscation to probe and undermine Britain’s institutions and defences.

Related: Don't underestimate UK capabilities, MI6 chief to warn Russia

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Related: UK spy agencies criticised for lack of black leaders

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Don't underestimate UK capabilities, MI6 chief to warn Russia

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 23:00:04 GMT

Alex Younger will say present era calls for ‘fourth generation of espionage’

The head of MI6 will warn Russia not to underestimate the UK’s ability to retaliate in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, in a speech in which he will explain why Britain is developing “fourth-generation” espionage for a new and disturbing age.

Alex Younger will also set out how his agency, known formally as the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), is preparing to strengthen ties with sister agencies in Europe amid continuing uncertainty over the possible repercussions of Brexit for security.

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Trump dossier author suing engineering firm for alleged unpaid work

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:27:59 GMT

Christopher Steele alleges Germany-based Bilfinger owes his company Orbis £130,000

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer who wrote the Trump dossier, is suing one of Germany’s biggest engineering companies for allegedly failing to pay for work carried out by his intelligence firm, Orbis.

Steele and his ex-MI6 business partner Christopher Burrows have taken legal action against Bilfinger, a global industrial group based in Mannheim, south-west Germany. They allege it owes Orbis €150,000 (£130,000) for an investigation into Bilfinger’s activities in Nigeria.

Related: The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

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Has a crime writer now proved the innocence of ‘Hampstead killer’?

Sun, 04 Nov 2018 08:00:23 GMT

Man jailed for murder amid claims of a cover-up to will have evidence reheard as a result of award-winning book

The brutal murder of an elderly writer in his dilapidated Regency home in north London posed one of the grimmest riddles of 2006. Allan Chappelow was found bludgeoned underneath the manuscript pages of his latest book, and his death remains at the centre of a wider, unsolved mystery. It involves MI6, the playwright George Bernard Shaw, allegations of a serious miscarriage of justice – and an extraordinary British legal oddity: a murder trial that the media was not allowed to attend, let alone report on, during many of its sessions.

Now, with the success of a new book about the case, the man eventually convicted of the killing, a Chinese dissident called Wang Yam, has renewed hope of freedom after serving nine years in English prisons. Arguments for his innocence are due to be heard by the European court of human rights in the new year, and the leading British QC Dinah Rose is taking up his cause.

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GCHQ uses Instagram to 'open up world of espionage' to public

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:18:53 GMT

UK intelligence hub opens account on app that has become growing source of citizens’ metadata

After years of secretly hoovering up metadata about millions of citizens, Britain’s spy agency has made its public foray into one of the growing sources for such information by opening its own Instagram account.

GCHQ’s account on the photo-sharing site claims the agency will provide a glimpse into its secret world. Its first post acknowledges GCHQ’s institutional suspicion about openness by including a photograph of the border fence with a “no photography” sign attached.

Related: Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

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Evidence suggests crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing, says ex-MI6 chief

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:08:45 GMT

Sir John Sawers says theory that rogue Saudi military officers were responsible is ‘blatant fiction’

A former head of MI6 has said all the evidence suggests Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that the theory that rogue elements in the Saudi military were responsible was “blatant fiction”.

Sir John Sawers told the BBC his assessment was based on conversations with senior Whitehall sources and his knowledge of the Turkish intelligence services.

Related: Trump says it appears Khashoggi is dead and consequences could be ‘severe’

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Spy agencies are worst at learning from past, say experts

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:32:48 GMT

No profession is as ignorant of its history as the intelligence profession, book festival hears

Intelligence agencies more than any other professional body have “official amnesia” and repeatedly fail to learn the lessons of the past, a panel of espionage experts has said.

Christopher Andrew, the writer of an authorised history of MI5, said intelligence chiefs ignored or did not know about historical mistakes, and the reason was obvious: the operations were always secret.

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Sergei Skripal initially did not believe Russia tried to kill him – book

Tue, 02 Oct 2018 06:00:17 GMT

Former spy only gradually came to realise he had been Kremlin target, says author

The poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal was initially reluctant to believe the Russian government had tried to kill him, according to a new book, and despite selling secrets to MI6 was an “unashamed Russian nationalist”.

Skripal struggled to come to terms with his situation following the novichok attack on him and his daughter, Yulia, the author and BBC journalist Mark Urban writes.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne begins development of new Arkansas rocket motor facility

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Aerojet Rocketdyne has kicked off the development of a new facility in Camden, Arkansas, which will be established as a solid rocket motor centre of excellence. This new 17,000 ft 2 engineering, manufacturing, and development facility will expand the presence that the propulsion and energetics

Confirmation of Islamic State network would increase likelihood of protracted Islamist campaign in Sri Lanka

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

On 26 April, Sri Lankan President Maithripal Sirisena confirmed that Zahran Hashim, the suspected orchestrator of the 21 April suicide bombings in the country, had died during his attack on the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on that day. This followed unconfirmed international media reports on 24

India updates criteria for naval shipyard contracts

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made an additional amendment to its Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) to include guidelines to support the nomination of shipyards to undertake naval construction and repair work. The amendment to the DPP was outlined in a notice published by the MoD on 22

Indian Army begins recruiting women into military police

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Indian Army (IA) has begun recruiting women into service in ranks other than officers. A countrywide campaign to induct 800 women into the Corps of Military Police (CMP) began on 25 April and will continue until 8 June, officials said. The CMP will then induct 50 women every year into police

Libyan National Army identifies mercenary pilot

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The pilot of one of the aircraft that has been shot down by the Libyan National Army (LNA) was an Ecuadorian mercenary, Ahmed al-Mismari, the spokesman for the faction announced in a press conference on 25 April. Led by the former general Khalifa Haftar, the LNA is currently attempting to capture

Norinco posts strong quarterly gains

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco Group) has posted strong gains in the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2019, the state-owned enterprise has announced. In a press release on 24 April, the group said its total profit reached CNY5.43 billion (USD805 million), a year-on-year

Poland signs for AW101 helicopters

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Poland has signed for AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters to satisfy its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) requirements. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed the contract for four helicopters at PZL-Swidnik’s

Saab orders fall 27% in first quarter

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Saab has reported a 27% decrease year on year in order bookings for the first financial quarter of 2019, although it noted a 33% increase in small order bookings over this period. Orders amounted to SEK4.5 billion (USD473 million) over the first quarter of 2019, down on the SEK6.1 billion reported

Terrorism risk unlikely to decrease in Mali despite appointment of new PM following predecessor’s security failings

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on 22 April appointed outgoing finance minister Boubou Cissé to head Mali’s new government. The previous administration, led by Soumeylou Boubeye Maïga, resigned last week, which pre-empted a no-confidence vote in parliament over its failure to

US Air Force develops ‘EAGLE’ ESPA satellite ring with propulsion capability

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:00:00 GMT

The US Air Force (USAF) has developed an ‘ESPA’ ring that is traditionally used to attach secondary payloads to upper stages on space launches and turned it into a completely independent and functional satellite. The Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter

US militia leader arrest underscores ongoing risks of isolated arson attacks and confrontations with security forces

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:00:00 GMT

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested the leader of the right-wing militia the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), Larry Hopkins, in New Mexico on 20 April on firearms charges. The UCP has recently been conducting high-profile border surveillance operations on the US-Mexico border,

Italian government agrees timetable for Piaggio Aerospace restart

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 02:00:00 GMT

The Italian government’s Ministry of Economic Development has agreed on a plan for distressed aircraft and unmanned systems company Piaggio Aerospace. At a meeting on 24 April, chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister Giorgio Sorial and attended by representatives from the Ministry of Defence

Russia deploys new forward air control vehicle to Syria

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 02:00:00 GMT

Russia has deployed a BOMAN (BOyevaya Mashina AviaNavodchika) forward air control vehicle to Syria, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 24 April citing well-informed military sources. According to the report, the BOMAN sent to Syria is a developmental model and its deployment will be used to inform

Brazil negotiates main corvette contract

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:00:00 GMT

With the signing of the declaration of best offer between the Brazilian Navy and consortium Águas Azuis on 2 April – formally confirming the selection of the contracting group to build four advanced multi-purpose combat corvettes – negotiations for the main contract have begun. The

Romania to acquire five more F-16s

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Romania will acquire five more F-16A/B combat aircraft from Portugal in addition to the 12 F-16AM/BM jet fighters now in service with the Romanian Air Force (RoAF), Defence Minister Gabriel Les told a press conference in Bucharest on 19 April. He said that all the required documentation had

The Bahamas commissions new radar to improve maritime security

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) commissioned a new radar on 17 April as part of its new maritime security strategy, which focuses on decentralising the RBDF and acquiring new technologies to improve monitoring and surveillance operations. The newly commissioned long-range coastal radar was

Argentine Army signs AB 206 contract

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Argentine government has signed a ARS103.8 million (USD2.5 million) contract with state-owned company FAdeA to put into service 10 of 20 Agusta (Bell) AB 206 helicopters purchased from the Italian government and received in January 2018. Five of the helicopters will be for the Argentine Army

Belarus develops new surface-to-air missile system

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Belarus has developed a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, dubbed TRIO, to reinforce its air force’s strike capabilities and to combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Belorussian state military and industrial committee announced on 22 April. “The new surface-to-air missile

Boeing reliance on defence and services increases

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Boeing’s defence and services units helped stem the financial impact of plunging first quarter civilian aircraft deliveries, and revenues and profits in the wake of the ongoing 737 MAX debacle. “Nothing is more important to us than the passengers who fly on our airplanes,” CEO

Egypt’s constitutional amendments likely to consolidate Sisi’s dominance, protect military’s interests, and formalise judiciary’s loss of independence

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The results of Egypt’s referendum on constitutional amendments were announced on 23 April, with the amendments officially passed with 88.83% of a 44.33 % turnout. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will now almost certainly continue to rule Egypt until 2030. Foremost among the amendments voted on

First air defence-enhanced FREMM launched

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Alsace , the first Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions (FREMM) frigate with enhanced air defence capabilities, was launched by Naval Group at its site in Lorient on 18 April, the French shipbuilder has announced in a press release. Naval Group said Alsace, which is designated FREMM DA, has

General Dynamics hopeful for Saudi LAV-6 resolution this year

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

General Dynamics has revealed that the delayed payments for Saudi Arabia’s Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) acquisition amount to about USD1 billion but expects that the diplomatic dispute that led to the contract’s suspension will be resolved at a state level this year. A dispute between

J-11D and J-20 programmes vying for supremacy, Chinese sources indicate

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Key Points China’s J-11D fighter programme appears to be intact and making progress The J-11D may now effectively be in a fight for funding with the J-20 programme Two major Chinese fighters, the J-11D and the J-20, appear to be competing for prioritised funding, despite the two platforms

Journalist’s killing in Northern Ireland drives increase in republican anti-British attacks but reduction in routine operations

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The New IRA, a dissident republican militant group in the UK region of Northern Ireland, issued a statement late on 22 April offering its "full and sincere apologies" for the death of journalist Lyra McKee. McKee was killed when a New IRA gunman opened fire on police officers during

Kawasaki posts gains for 2018 but defence performance mixed

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) – Japan’s second biggest defence manufacturer – posted overall gains in fiscal year 2018 (FY18) but defence-related performance was mixed, financial data published by the company on 25 April showed. KHI said its net sales for the year up to 31 March





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Everything you need to know about the BOND 25 announcement

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:51:03 +0000

Everything you need to know about the BOND 25 announcement
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Today at 13.10 GMT, the cast of the 25th official James Bond film was officially revealed at a launch, along with some more details about the movie, but not the title. The major news was the casting of Rami Malek and the return of Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.

SPOILER ALERT: this article contains parts of the storyline of BOND 25

BOND 25 press launch on April 25th 2019 at 13.10 GMT live from Jamaica

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:30:47 +0000

BOND 25 press launch on April 25th 2019 at 13.10 GTM live from Jamaica
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Via the official 007 social media accounts the official BOND 25 press conference was announced and it will take place tomorrow April 25th at 13.10 GMT / 05.10 PST.

Pantonova seating system as seen in The Spy Who Loved Me is now reissued by Montana

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:37:13 +0000

Pantonova seating system as seen in The Spy Who Loved Me is now reissued by Montana
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The Pantonova chairs seen in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, created by Danish designer Verner Panton, are being revived.

Verner Panton Fun Shell Lamp

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:37:01 +0000

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Bond villain Blofeld decorates his Piz Gloria lair in the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) with two Verner Panton Shell Lamps from the 'Fun' series.

Auction update: Land Rover Defender SVX SPECTRE sells for €115,000

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:12:36 +0000

Auction update: Land Rover Defender SVX SPECTRE sells for €115,000
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A 2015 Land Rover Defender SVX used in the James Bond film SPECTRE was sold for €115,000 ($130,000 / £100,000) at the RM Sotheby's Auction in Essen, Germany on Thursday 11 April 2019.

Land Rover Defender SVX SPECTRE edition at RM Sotheby's in Essen

Tue, 09 Apr 2019 20:25:02 +0000

Land Rover Defender SVX SPECTRE edition at RM Sotheby's in Essen
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A 2015 Land Rover Defender used in the James Bond film SPECTRE (2015) is being offered for sale on the RM Sotheby's Auction in Essen, Germany on Thursday 11 April 2019. The car is one of just 10 originals built, of which eight are currently in private ownership. This particular Land Rover was damaged during filming for the Austrian mountaintop chase scene.

Aston Martin DB5 socks by Heel Thread

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:14:28 +0000

Aston Martin DB5 socks by Heel Thread
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You can now complete any James Bond style outfit with these Aston Martin DB5 inspired socks made by Heel Thread.

Funko Pop! James Bond 007 Vinyl Figures

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 12:12:46 +0000

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James Bond and other memorable Bond film characters have been given the Funko Pop! treatment.

Launched in December 2017, there are several iconic James Bond available as Funko Pop! Vinyl figures.

20% OFF Sunspel Riviera Navy Blue Polo Shirt

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:37:54 +0000

20% OFF Sunspel Riviera Navy Blue Polo Shirt
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For a limited time, Sunspel offers 20% off the Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirts on their website. James Bond wears a Sunspel Riviera Navy Blue Polo Shirt in Casino Royale.

Online 007 Store now available in USA and offers SPECTRE Day Of The Dead Skull Cane Limited Edition Prop Replica

Sat, 30 Mar 2019 20:51:42 +0000

Online 007 Store now available in USA and offers SPECTRE Day Of The Dead Skull Cane Limited Edition Prop Replica
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The US version of the online 007 Store has arrived. The new SPECTRE Day Of The Dead Skull Cane and other collectibles are now available directly from the US site.

B&B Italia Serie Up 2000 Armchair and Pouf

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:53:59 +0000

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A red B&B Italia Serie Up 2000 Armchair and Pouf UP5_6 can be spotted in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever.

Elrod House, Palm Springs, USA

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:53:50 +0000

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One of the most stunning villas seen in a James Bond film is Elrod House in Palm Springs, which doubles as Willard Whyte's summer house in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

G Plan 6250 chair

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:59:50 +0000

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A black leather G Plan 6250 armchair was used by villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Donald Pleasence, in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). Similar or the same model chairs can be seen in Goldfinger (1963).

Orlebar Brown teases second instalment of 007 collaboration

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:20:46 +0000

Orlebar Brown teases second instalment of 007 collaboration
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Orlebar Brown just released the first teaser images and landing page with countdown timer, announcing the ‘second instalment’ of their exclusive collaboration with 007.

The Folio Society's illustrated edition of Thunderball

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 17:58:44 +0000

The Folio Society illustrated edition of Thunderball novel book
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The Folio Society has released their seventh illustrated Ian Fleming novel: Thunderball.

Manticore Yacht - Northern Cross

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:44:57 +0000

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The Manticore yacht seen in the 1995 movie GoldenEye is the Northern Cross, a 43m (141ft) luxury yacht built in Sweden in 1991.

In the film the Manticore yacht is owned by the Janus crime syndicate ("leased to a known Janus corporate front" according to Miss Moneypenny) and used by Xenia Onatopp (played by Famke Janssen).

This is how you can nominate 007 ELEMENTS for the 2019 Building of the Year Awards

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:18:52 +0000

nominate 007 ELEMENTS 2019 Building of the Year Awards
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ArchDaily, the world's most visited architecture website, has just launched the 10th edition of its Building of the Year Awards and the 007 ELEMENTS building in Sölden is eligible for nomination.

Secret Cinema presents Casino Royale

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:37:30 +0000

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to Sunday, September 22, 2019

From June - September 2019 this highly anticipated experience sees Secret Cinema present the critically-acclaimed film Casino Royale (2006), directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

The experience takes place on a secret location in London and will run from Wednesday 5th June to Sunday 22nd September 2019.

Secret Cinema presents Casino Royale

An Audience with Caroline Munro and Martine Beswick

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:17:13 +0000

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Date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019

In 2019, Brit Movie Tours hosts a series of James Bond events. Guests are invited to join us on a series of intimate evenings with several James Bond actors from across the years.

On Saturday 16 November 2019 you can meet Caroline Munro (Naomi) from The Spy Who Loved Me and Martine Beswick (Paula) from Thunderball and (Zora the Gyspy Girl) from From Russia with Love.

An Audience with Stefan Kalipha (Hector Gonzales) from For Your Eyes Only

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:12:20 +0000

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

In 2019, Brit Movie Tours hosts a series of James Bond events. Guests are invited to join us on a series of intimate evenings with several James Bond actors from across the years.

On 29 june 2019 you can meet Stefan Kalipha (Hector Gonzales) from For Your Eyes Only.

With a maximum capacity of 35-40 persons, this is a great opportunity to hear the stories from the stars themselves about their experience working in a James Bond film as well as aspects about their career and lives.






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LIVRÉE À UN ÉGORGEUR !

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:06:23 +0000

Concentrée devant la glace, Erika brosse une dernière fois ses longs cheveux noirs. Jean étroit, haut en dentelle blanc… la jeune fille de 17 ans est très belle, ce 25 août 2015. Au moment de quitter la maison, sa mère d’accueil, chez qui elle habite depuis un mois, lui adresse un clin d’œil : —Tu...… En lire plus...

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UN BAIN DE SANG POUR SON PREMIER JOUR DE STAGE

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:05:55 +0000

Ce matin-là, le jeune homme s’est levé sans savoir qu’il serait prié d’assister à un événement particulier… Assis au bout de la grande table de réunion – la place des « nouveaux » dans l’entreprise –, Trevor Wehner est impressionné. Ce vendredi 15 février est son premier jour de stage à la Pratt Company, un… En lire plus...

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LA MAISON QUI ATTIRE LES ASSASSINS

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:53:08 +0000

Elle avait des habitudes d’aristocrate qui pouvaient surprendre. Mais de là à lui faire du mal… Un portail de bois grisé par le temps, une terrasse envahie d’herbe, puis une longue demeure aux tuiles moussues, couverte de vigne vierge… Aux assises de Périgueux on projette sur écran des photos d’une maison où, sans doute, il...… En lire plus...

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UN RÊVE ACHEVÉ DANS LE SANG…

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:52:57 +0000

La haine qu’il déverse sur Facebook va se transformer en carnage. Penché sur sa meule de pierre, Christophe affûte sa lame, encore et encore, concentré à l’extrême. Pour ce nouveau couteau « à pompe », entièrement forgé de ses mains à partir d’acier brut, il veut le fil parfait, l’excellence. Manche en corne véritable, signature… En lire plus...

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LES ENFANTS OTAGES DE DJIBOUTI

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:51:23 +0000

7 heures du matin, à Djibouti, le 3 février 1976. Un car de ramassage scolaire transportant trente et un fils et filles de militaires français fait halte dans la banlieue de la ville. Sept Africains, arme au poing, font irruption à l’intérieur. Ils forcent le chauffeur à conduire le véhicule jusqu’au-delà de la frontière. Le… En lire plus...

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CELLE QUI L’A CHANGÉ EN ASSASSIN

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:51:07 +0000

Qu’est-ce qui ne va pas ? Simone observe attentivement son jeune cousin. Visiblement, il a quelque chose à lui annoncer, mais il hésite : — Tu sais, je vais me marier avec la fille dont je t’ai parlé, finit-il par dire de sa voix sur­aiguë. En face de lui, Simone Gendreau, sa vieille cousine, reste...… En lire plus...

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CE TRÉSOR QU’IL NE VOULAIT PAS PERDRE

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:50:51 +0000

Sans quitter des yeux la maison de la petite place, il enfile une cagoule, prend un marteau, un couteau… Il est 7h30. Cernay-la-Ville, petite commune des Yvelines, est encore plongée dans l’obscurité. Seule la boulangerie a ouvert ses portes. Dans les rues glaciales de ce 24 janvier, quelques parents, d’un pas rapide, conduisent leurs enfants… En lire plus...

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EN PLEIN TRIBUNAL L’AVOCATE TOMBE RAIDE DINGUE DE SON CLIENT

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:52:27 +0000

La voix de l’avocate de la défense vibre dans le tribunal. Passionnée, pleine de fougue. D’amour ? Quel talent ! Quelle aisance ! L’avocate de la défense, Me Rebeca Santamalia, connaît son boulot. Il faut voir avec quelle ardeur, cette femme menue aux longs cheveux blonds déroule sa plaidoirie dans le décor solennel de la...… En lire plus...

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UNE LONGUE NUIT COMMENCE…

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 07:52:05 +0000

Arrêt « Pérols », terminus. Les portes du tramway s’ouvrent. Lunettes sur le nez, Vanessa* se lève de son siège, pas trop rassurée… Il est plus de 21 heures, la rame est presque vide, et la jolie étudiante de 19 ans n’a pas l’habitude de s’aventurer si loin de chez elle. Au dehors, une lune… En lire plus...

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LE GENTIL VOISIN PLANQUAIT UN CADAVRE

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 07:50:45 +0000

Ainsi, ce serait lui qui aurait tué la jeune femme. Un ancien bon copain… Un lotissement avec des jardins tirés au cordeau, des enfants qui jouent au ballon dans les rues et des mères de famille qui rentrent du supermarché. A Saint-Just-Chaleyssin, dans le nord de l’Isère, l’ambiance fait penser à la série Desperate Housewives,...… En lire plus...

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