Biden heads for Israel but Arab leaders meeting cancelled after Gaza hospital deaths
US President Joe Biden is set to arrive in Israel to express solidarity and discuss war plans with its leaders, but his visit has been complicated by a blast at a hospital in Gaza that is believed to have killed hundreds of Palestinians. As a result, a scheduled meeting with Arab leaders in Jordan was cancelled due to international outrage over the Gaza deaths. During his visit to Israel, Biden will hold a small restricted bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli war cabinet. He will also meet with first responders to the recent attack on Israel by the Hamas group, as well as individuals who have lost loved ones in the conflict. Israel has reportedly asked the US for $10 billion in emergency military aid. The Hamas-led authorities in Gaza have blamed Israel for the hospital blast, while Israel claims it was caused by rockets misfired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The BBC is investigating the cause of the explosion.
MI5 head warns of 'epic scale' of Chinese espionage
The head of MI5, Ken McCallum, has warned that Chinese espionage in the UK is happening on a "pretty epic scale". McCallum stated that more than 20,000 Britons have been approached by Chinese spies online, with Chinese agents using platforms such as LinkedIn to try to cultivate individuals to provide sensitive information. He further revealed that over the past year, MI5 has identified a number of instances where Chinese companies have sought to gain access to sensitive technology developed by UK universities and companies, often using complex company structures to hide their true role. In addition, McCallum highlighted the potential dangers of stolen research in the fields of cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence, warning that these advances are transforming the world and that authoritarian states are "laser-focused" on the opportunities they present. The heads of security agencies from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have issued the warning together, stating that China sees economic espionage as central to its national strategy.
Sudan conflict: Ethnic cleansing committed in Darfur, UK says
Satellite and social media data analyzed by the BBC has uncovered evidence of ethnic violence in western Sudan. The research, which has highlighted 68 villages targeted by armed militias, was conducted in partnership with Centre for Information Resilience, an organization partially funded by the UK government. Fires were located using heat-recognition technology from NASA, and the CIR then matched images on social media platforms with satellite imagery. The research suggests that the British government has identified the situation Sudan as ethnic cleansing, the first time the term has been used in relation to what is occurring there.