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Iranian threats ‘put on hold’, says US defence chief

Iranian threats ‘put on hold’, says US defence chief

World
The potential of attacks by Iran has been "put on hold" by US counter-measures, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said.The US has warned of a threat from Iran in recent weeks and Mr Shanahan briefed lawmakers at a closed-doors meeting.Tension has risen sharply, with the US deploying military assets to the Gulf to tackle the unspecified threats.On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted: "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran."He has maintained a strong anti-Iran policy since taking office and last year unilaterally withdrew the US from a nuclear deal with Iran and five world powers. US-Iran tensions explained Why the WhatsApp spies may have eyes on Iran President Trump's National Security Advise...
Judge calls Assange’s defence ‘laughable’ during court hearing

Judge calls Assange’s defence ‘laughable’ during court hearing

World
A judge branded Julian Assange a "narcissist" as he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions - hours after he was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London following seven years of refuge.The WikiLeaks founder is facing extradition to the US on charges of conspiring to break into a classified government computer, where he could face a maximum jail sentence of five years. Assange was detained by police after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum - accusing the self-proclaimed journalist of interfering in international affairs and being discourteous to embassy staff. Image: Assange was arrested at the embassy on Thursday morning The 47-year-old shouted and gesticulated as he was carried away in handcuffs by...
US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

World
US Defence Secretary James Mattis is resigning, the latest in a string of senior US officials to do so.His announcement came a day after President Trump said he was withdrawing troops from Syria - a decision General Mattis is understood to oppose. In his resignation letter, Gen Mattis strongly hinted at policy differences with Mr Trump.He said the president had the right to appoint someone "whose views are better aligned with yours".Gen Mattis, 68, will leave the job in February. President Trump has not immediately named a successor, but said one would be appointed shortly. White House revolving door: Who's gone? Trump rewrites US Syria policy Members of Congress from both sides of the political divide have reacted with shock to ...
Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

Technology
UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017.Sky News previously revealed the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents throughout the whole of last year, with military data exposed to nation-state level cyber risks on dozens of occasions.These incidents included defence information being left unprotected to foreign states' surveillance of internet traffic, and checks not being performed to spot sophisticated espionage malware on computer devices.Similar slip-u...
Prepare for cash crunch if no Brexit deal – defence body

Prepare for cash crunch if no Brexit deal – defence body

Business
The Treasury should prepare emergency measures to ease a cashflow crisis that could hit companies in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, the leading body representing Britain's aerospace and defence industry has told Philip Hammond. Sky News has seen a letter from ADS, the trade association which counts Airbus and Rolls-Royce among its members, in which its chief executive urges the chancellor to ensure that there is sufficient liquidity to prevent companies being punished for "dipping into their overdraft or for breaching loan covenants".The call from Paul Everitt for the Treasury to begin contingency planning with banks and other lenders in order to avert a cashflow squeeze reflects growing anxiety across manufacturing industries about the ramifications of no deal being agre...