Fewer Troops, More Robots, and New-Look Marines

British troop levels will shrink to record lows as the Ministry of Defence puts its faith in technology, automation, and cyber and space capabilities in its long-awaited revamp. The Defence Command paper, published yesterday, is billed as the biggest shake-up to the military since the Cold War. The plan includes swarming drones, a new ship… Continue reading Fewer Troops, More Robots, and New-Look Marines

UK on Path to Reclaim Freedoms, PM Says on Lockdown Anniversary

One year after the first CCP virus lockdown began, the UK is now “on the path to reclaiming our freedoms,” Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. Exactly one year ago, on March 23, 2020, Johnson ordered people to stay at home and shut down much of the economy in an attempt to stem… Continue reading UK on Path to Reclaim Freedoms, PM Says on Lockdown Anniversary

London Police Arrest Man on Suspicion of Terrorism Offences

A Metropolitan Police car is seen in London, England, on Feb 7, 2021. (Hollie Adams/Getty Images) LONDON—London police arrested a man on suspicion of explosive substance and terrorism offences, the Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday. A 53-year old man was detained on Monday on suspicion of possessing an explosive substance. On Tuesday “he was subsequently… Continue reading London Police Arrest Man on Suspicion of Terrorism Offences

Britons Going on Holiday Abroad Face £5,000 Fines

People leaving the UK without a “reasonable excuse” will face £5,000 ($6,900) fines from next week, under the government’s new CCP virus regulations. Under the new health protection regulations (pdf), which were presented to Parliament on Monday, the penalty would be issued to anyone who, “without a reasonable excuse,” travels outside the UK or to… Continue reading Britons Going on Holiday Abroad Face £5,000 Fines

Biden Security Adviser Says It Wasn’t a Mistake to Call Putin a Killer

President Joe Biden did not make a mistake when he described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a killer, a top adviser said Monday. “President Biden was asked a direct question. He gave a direct answer. That’s how he has operated for 40-plus years in public service, and it’s how he’ll continue to operate as president,”… Continue reading Biden Security Adviser Says It Wasn’t a Mistake to Call Putin a Killer

‘More Arrests Are Imminent’ Over Bristol Riot: Police Says

Bristol police on Monday said they are going through “an enormous amount” of evidence on the riot on Sunday, and are confident that “more arrests are imminent” in light of this evidence. Following a protest against a new policing bill on Sunday, hundreds gathered outside Bridewell police station in Bristol city centre. Rioters vandalised the… Continue reading ‘More Arrests Are Imminent’ Over Bristol Riot: Police Says

3 Russian Military Pilots Killed by Faulty Ejection Seats

MOSCOW—Three members of a Russian warplane crew died Tuesday when their ejection seats accidentally activated during preflight checks, the military said. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the incident happened Tuesday at a military airbase in the Kaluga region, about 145 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Moscow. It said the crew of a Tu-22M3 long-range… Continue reading 3 Russian Military Pilots Killed by Faulty Ejection Seats

UK Manufacturing Shows New Signs of Life in March: CBI

Technicians work on a Rolls-Royce engine prior to it being installed in a car on the production line of the Rolls-Royce Goodwood factory, near Chichester, Britain, on Sept. 1, 2020. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters) LONDON—British manufacturing showed clear signs of revival in March as a gauge of new orders rose to its highest in almost two years… Continue reading UK Manufacturing Shows New Signs of Life in March: CBI

Germany’s Merkel Banks on Easter Circuit-Breaker to Combat ‘New Pandemic’

BERLIN—Germany is extending its lockdown until April 18 and calling on citizens to stay at home for five days over the Easter holidays to try to break a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel said early on Tuesday. In talks that ran deep into the night, Merkel pushed the leaders of Germany’s… Continue reading Germany’s Merkel Banks on Easter Circuit-Breaker to Combat ‘New Pandemic’

One Year on From First Lockdown, Britain Grieves for COVID-19 Dead

LONDON—A year to the day after they were first ordered to stay at home to contain the spread of COVID-19, Britons will remember the more than 126,000 people who have lost their lives to the virus, a toll few could have imagined in March 2020. People were being invited to observe a minute’s silence at… Continue reading One Year on From First Lockdown, Britain Grieves for COVID-19 Dead