The taxpayers in New Zealand are spending $103 million a year on intelligence as a kind of membership fee for the country to be part of the Five Eyes surveillance club together with the US, UK, Australia and Canada, a declassified report said.
The outgoing director of GCHQ has used his farewell speech to praise the UK surveillance agency’s practices. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations, Sir Iain Lobban called the agency’s work a “mission of liberty, not erosion of it.”
A third British jihadist, belonging to a group of Portsmouth extremists who call themselves the ‘Britani Brigade Bangaldeshi Bad Boys’, has been killed while fighting for Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) in Syria.
A Green Party MP has called for Parliamentary pensions to be divested from the fossil fuels industry. Caroline Lucas says the Contributory Pension Fund, worth £487million, should join 800 corporations in withdrawing $50 billion in investments.
More than half of Britons have been victims of online ‘cybercrimes’ including hacking, ID theft and fraud, according to a poll. The Cabinet Office says a significant number are unaware of who to contact in the event of an online attack.
An extremely rare illness that causes sufferers to sleep for up to 22 hours a day has afflicted a young woman from Stockport, Greater Manchester. During episodes which can last weeks at a time, Beth Goodier is awake for only two hours each day.
Britain will deploy both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones to Syria “very soon” to participate in surveillance missions, to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) militants. The drones will be armed, but not permitted to fire on targets.
Around 150 army medics will arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Tuesday evening as part of the UK’s aid effort to tackle Ebola. The soldiers will join a further 90 British medics and 300 soldiers already combating the virus.