UK’s MI5 spy chief: Overall threat from Iran, Russia and China is growing in severity

UK’s MI5 spy chief: Overall threat from Iran, Russia and China is growing in severity
Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. (AFP)
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Updated 14 October 2020

UK’s MI5 spy chief: Overall threat from Iran, Russia and China is growing in severity

UK’s MI5 spy chief: Overall threat from Iran, Russia and China is growing in severity

LONDON: The overall threat from Russia, China and Iran is growing in severity and complexity, the UK’s MI5 spy chief Ken McCallum said on Wednesday. 

McCallum, in his first major remarks since being named as the new boss of MI5 in March when Britain was under national lockdown, said terrorist threats also persist.

"One of the toughest challenges facing MI5 and indeed government is that the differing national security challenges presented by Russian, Chinese, Iranian and other actors are growing in severity and in complexity – while terrorist threats persist at scale,” he said.  

The head of MI5 added that British spies are trying to defend COVID-19 vaccine work against hostile powers that seek to steal or sabotage research data in the race to find a jab providing immunity.


Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, COVID-19, environment

Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, COVID-19, environment
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Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, COVID-19, environment

Biden plans immediate orders on immigration, COVID-19, environment

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden plans to kick off his new administration Wednesday with orders to restore the United States to the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, aides said.
Biden will sign 17 orders and actions hours after being sworn in as US leader to break from policies of departing President Donald Trump and set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting Covid-19 and the economy, they said.
In first-day moves, he will end Trump’s much-assailed ban on visitors from several majority-Muslim countries and halt construction of the wall that Trump ordered on the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
He will also set a mask mandate on federal properties to stem the spread of Covid-19; restore protections of nature reserves removed by Trump; and seek freezes on evictions and protection for millions behind on their mortgages due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He also plans to send a bill to Congress to revamp immigration policies and give millions of undocumented migrants living in the country a path to citizenship that the Trump administration denied.
Biden “will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” the aides said in a statement.