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UK Increasingly Targeted In Cyber Attacks
2011-10-31 09:54:30

The United Kingdom has suffered a series of “disturbing” cyber attacks, including a recent serious, yet unsuccessful, assault on the Foreign Office´s network, Iain Lobban, the director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), said on Monday. GCHQ, the UK´s spy agency similar to the National Security Agency in the US, handles operations such as intelligence-gathering and code-busting and is the heart of Britain´s cyber defenses. Lobban told British...

2008-08-21 12:00:08

Paedophile pop star Gary Glitter has returned to Thailand after being refused entry to Hong Kong, the Foreign Office said today. The increasingly farcical situation leaves the disgraced singer in international limbo. He has already been barred from entering Thailand after travelling there when he was released from a Vietnamese prison. A Foreign Office spokesman said the 64-year-old, travelling under his real name Paul Gadd, was denied entry to Hong Kong and had now returned to Bangkok....

2006-01-18 21:35:27

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain believes the CIA's reported secret transfer of terrorism suspects to foreign countries for interrogation is illegal, according to a leaked government document published on Thursday. The Foreign Office memo says the practice, known as extraordinary rendition, "could never be legal" if the detainee is at risk of torture, according to extracts printed in the Guardian newspaper. It adds that British cooperation "would also be illegal if we knew of the...

2006-01-07 09:36:54

AMMAN (Reuters) - Britain closed its embassy in Jordan on Saturday because of fears of attacks on Westerners there, the Foreign Office said. The move comes two months after triple suicide bomb attacks on luxury hotels in Amman killed more than 50 people. Al Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility. Last August, Syrian militants linked to Zarqawi were accused by Jordan of being behind a failed rocket attack on U.S. warships in the Red Sea port of...

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