HMS Severn joins sister ship Tamar at Portsmouth after gunboats saw off angry French skippers

HMS Severn sailed back to Portsmouth this morning after seeing off French fishermen off the coast of Jersey together with HMS Tamar following a row over post-Brexit fishing rules. The Royal Navy River-class offshore patrol vessel was welcomed home today after it was scrambled amid an escalating standoff with French skippers who have threatened to … Read more

Port of Darwin lease with China could be torn up by foreign minister Marise Payne

How Australia could take the Port of Darwin back from Chinese hands after the controversial Belt and Road deal was scrapped Port of Darwin lease with Chinese company could be torn up by government Northern Territory signed 99-year lease for a Chinese-owned company in 2015 Foreign minister Marise Payne could seriously consider ending the long … Read more

Vladimir Putin shows off his fearsome robot tanks

Vladimir Putin’s fearsome special unit of TANK ROBOTS will go into action ‘soon’ in the Russian Army amid fears of war in Ukraine Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu attended a firepower demonstration  He witnessed Russia’s unmanned Uran-9 robot tanks operating remotely  Russia is preparing to deploy its first unit of five Uran-9 in the near … Read more

Greensill lobbying row: Rishi Sunak releases text messages to David Cameron amid row over access

Rishi Sunak released messages he sent to former prime minister David Cameron tonight amid a furious lobbying row involving collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital. The Treasury released the Chancellor’s texts after a freedom of information request into efforts by the ex-Tory leader to contact ministers in search of millions of pounds of extra Covid rescue … Read more

Shadow defence secretary John Healey urged ministers to give Greensill £200m loan

Labour was today dragged into the Greensill scandal after it was revealed its shadow defence secretary John Healey lobbied ministers to hand the cash-strapped company £200million in COVID-19 loans ‘without delay’. The shadow defence secretary wrote to Business Secretary Nadhim Zahawi in May 2020 urging him to give Greensill, run by Australian financier Lex Greensill and owners of … Read more

Shadow defence secretary John Healey urged ministers to give Greensill £200m loan

Labour was today dragged into the Greensill scandal after it was revealed its shadow defence secretary John Healey lobbied ministers to hand the cash-strapped company £200million in COVID-19 loans ‘without delay’. The shadow defence secretary wrote to Business Secretary Nadhim Zahawi in May 2020 urging him to give Greensill, run by Australian financier Lex Greensill and owners of … Read more

Brazil’s army, navy and air force chiefs all QUIT over President Bolsonaro’s leadership

The leaders of all three branches of Brazil‘s armed forces jointly resigned on Tuesday following President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement of the defence minister. The move caused widespread apprehension of a military shakeup to serve the president’s political interests. The resignations are the latest crisis to hit Bolsonaro, who is coming under heavy criticism for his … Read more

Theresa May says sacking Gavin Williamson over Huawei leak allowed security chiefs to ‘speak freely’

Theresa May defended firing Gavin Williamson as defence secretary over a leak from a security meeting about Huawei today, saying his departure allowed security officials to ‘speak freely’ again. The former prime minister said that the 2019 incident in which material from a National Security Council meeting about the Chinese tech giant was leaked to the … Read more

Boris Johnson to offer to share UK AstraZeneca Covid vaccine doses with EU as ‘peace offering’

Britain will offer to share millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine made at a factory in the Netherlands in a desperate peace offering to the European Union, it was claimed today. No10 is seeking to defuse an escalating jab war with EU chiefs, amid growing fears the bloc will push ahead with an extraordinary … Read more