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)
Short Url
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.


Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul
Updated 16 min 53 sec ago

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul
  • The victim, a fashion model, was a tourist visiting Turkey and had never met the attacker before

LONDON: A Russian woman who was stabbed seven times by a knife-wielding attacker in Istanbul has regained consciousness, her sister said. 
Maria Rosanova, who is the sister of the victim Alexandra, told Life.ru news website that doctors at the hospital said she had regained consciousness and doctors are assessing her condition, according to a report by RT Arabic. 
Alexandra, a fashion model, was a tourist visiting Turkey and had never met the attacker before. 
“The incident not only caused physical suffering to her, but also emotional damage,” her sister said. 
Alexandra was attacked by a Turkish man along with two other Russians, a man and a woman, late on Sunday night. They were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life threatening. 
 The man suspected of attacking the Russians, a local garbage collector, has been detained by police, according to Russian agency Sputnik.
Preliminary reports suggested he was mentally ill.
The attack was caught on camera and widely shared online.
Turkey continues to grapple with high rates of violent crime, particularly murder and attempted murder.