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Diplomatic immunity: Rape accused among nine suspected of serious crime

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Foreign Office "does not tolerate foreign officials breaking the law", says Jeremy Hunt An embassy official accused of two rapes - one of nine diplomats who faced serious allegations last year - was able to leave the UK without trial.The suspect, also accused of attempted rape, was among about 23,000 foreign officials entitled to immunity from prosecution, MPs have been told.The accused
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UK pledges greater use of Artificial Intelligence to repel military threats

[ad_1] Image copyright Ministry of Defence Greater use will be made of artificial intelligence (AI) and other new technologies to combat emerging global threats, the government has said.A £160m fund will be set up to support new military capabilities to tackle space and cyber-threats.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs that AI had a growing role to play in protecting the UK's submarine fleet.But Labour said no new money had been
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No deal Brexit: Gavin Williamson says 3,500 troops ‘at readiness’

[ad_1] The UK has thousands of troops - regular and reserves - ready to help the government should there be no deal made with the EU over Brexit, Gavin Williamson has told MPs.He was asked by Conservative MP Will Quince about using "our world class armed forces personnel",Gavin Williamson said there were "3,500 service personnel held at readiness" to support any government department on any "contingencies", but so far there
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John Healey on Labour’s no confidence bid in Theresa May

[ad_1] A Labour front bencher is asked about the timing of its plan to bring down Theresa May over her handling of Brexit.John Healey said the party was "dysfunctional, divided, distracted, disqualifying itself from office".Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts said Labour was "playing games", and its bid being about the PM, rather the government, meant it was "a motion of no consequence".Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell said Labour’s motion would have
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Brexit: Theresa May to hold a series of MPs’ votes on options

[ad_1] Image copyright HOC Theresa May is planning to hold a series of votes in Parliament to find out what kind of Brexit MPs will support, sources have told the BBC.The prime minister was previously thought to be against this idea.But sources say she wants the vote planned for the third week of January on her Brexit deal to be a "moment of reckoning".It comes as the cabinet announced it
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Government still committed to net migration target – Brokenshire

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The government's target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 a year has been left out of draft proposals for a new immigration system. But Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the government remained committed to the target.He said the aim was to get net migration down to "sustainable" levels.The final version of the much-delayed immigration plan, which aims to end free movement from the EU
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Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn says Theresa May ‘led UK into national crisis’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: May taking shambolic government to new level Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of having led the UK into a "national crisis" on Brexit.The Labour leader told the Commons she had "cynically run down the clock" to force MPs to pick from "unacceptable outcomes" - her Brexit deal or no deal.Since delaying last week's Brexit vote, she