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Labour: Priti Patel must face probe or quit over Israeli trip

Priti Patel must be investigated for holding unofficial meetings during a holiday in Israel or “do the decent thing and resign”, Labour has said. The international development secretary apologised on Tuesday for holding 12 meetings, including one with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, on a private trip. In the Commons, Labour’s Kate Osamor said it was a “black and white case” of the ministerial code being broken. But minister Alistair Burt said policy did not change as a result of the trip. Ms Patel was not in the Commons to face…

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Priti Patel apologises over undisclosed Israeli meetings

Priti Patel has apologised for holding a series of undisclosed meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday over the summer. The international development secretary met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior figures without “following the usual procedures”. Ms Patel apologised for not informing the Foreign Office and suggesting Boris Johnson knew in advance of the visit. Labour said the “shocking” admission warranted a Cabinet Office inquiry. Kuenssberg: A bad day at the office for Theresa May Downing Street said it welcomed Ms Patel’s “clarification” and that at…

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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers. The Israelis are said to have notified the…

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Up Next: Meet Maya Reik, the 19-Year-Old Israeli Designer Showing in Milan

Up Next By ALEX HAWGOOD Name: Maya Reik Age: 19 Hometown: Beit Yanai, a small seaside village on the coast of Israel. Now Lives: In a minimalist apartment in the center of Tel Aviv that she designed and shares with her boyfriend. Claim to Fame: Ms. Reik is the self-taught designer behind Marei 1998, an ultra-luxe fashion line based in Tel Aviv that includes Carolyn Bessette-esque silk sheath dresses and fur-trimmed robes that nod to the romantic Art Deco period of the 1930s. Started less than two years ago, the…

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Wonder Woman banned by Lebanon over Israeli lead Gal Gadot

Lebanon has banned superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman from cinemas, because the title character is played by an Israeli actress. Gal Gadot was formerly in the Israeli army. Military service is compulsory in the country. The Lebanese interior ministry banned the film hours before its release, on a recommendation from the General Security directorate, reports say. The nations are officially at war, but have observed a ceasefire since 2006. A formal request to ban Wonder Woman was first made by the Ministry of Economy and Trade, which oversees a long-standing policy…

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