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Theresa May to announce new defence treaty on visit to Poland

Brexit will strengthen not weaken the UK’s ties with Poland, Theresa May is to insist on a visit to Warsaw – where she will announce plans for enhanced defence and security co-operation. Poland will still “matter greatly” to the UK after it leaves the EU, she will say, citing shared history and values. A proposed new defence treaty will be a “powerful symbol” of co-operation, the PM will tell her Polish counterpart. The UK will also back an initiative to blunt Russian propaganda in the region. The treaty will be…

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Russia a 'risk' to undersea cables, defence chief warns

The UK’s most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defence staff, said Britain and Nato needed to prioritise protecting the lines of communication. He said it would be an “immediately and potentially catastrophic” hit to the economy if they were cut or disrupted. The cables criss-cross the seabed, connecting up countries and continents. Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute defence think tank, Sir…

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Terrorists 'certain' to get killer robots, says defence giant

Rogue states and terrorists will get their hands on lethal artificial intelligence “in the very near future”, a House of Lords committee has been told. Alvin Wilby, vice-president of research at French defence giant Thales, which supplies reconnaissance drones to the British Army, said the “genie is out of the bottle” with smart technology. And he raised the prospect of attacks by “swarms” of small drones that move around and select targets with only limited input from humans. “The technological challenge of scaling it up to swarms and things like…

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Outlaws to begin T20 blast defence against beaten finalists Birmingham

Next year’s NatWest T20 Blast will begin with a repeat of last year’s final between Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Birmingham Bears. Nottinghamshire completed a cup double in September when they overturned Birmingham’s home advantage on finals day at Edgbaston with a 22-run victory. The sides will kick off the 2018 edition on July 4, this time at Trent Bridge, as they once again vie for control of the North Division. The competition occupies a mid-summer block for the second year in a row, with the entire group stage wrapped up in…

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Williamson named as defence secretary

Chief Whip Gavin Williamson has been appointed as the new defence secretary after Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation. Theresa May has moved quickly to replace Sir Michael, who quit on Wednesday over allegations about his past behaviour. Announcing his resignation, Sir Michael said his conduct had “fallen short” of the required standards. Mr Williamson has been replaced as chief whip by his former deputy, Julian Smith. In the role Mr Smith will be in charge of enforcing party discipline in the Commons. The mini-reshuffle comes after Sir Michael became the first…

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