MPs under pressure to halt overseas sales of surveillance devices
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MPs under pressure to halt overseas sales of surveillance devices

The government is under mounting pressure to stop British companies selling surveillance equipment to authoritarian regimes amid fears they are using it to hack the mobile phones and computer systems of political opponents. Human rights groups believe a loophole in export controls is allowing the technology to be sold to foreign security services under civilian,…

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Ray Galton, co-creator of Steptoe and Son, dies aged 88
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Ray Galton, co-creator of Steptoe and Son, dies aged 88

Ray Galton, one half of the Galton and Simpson writing duo who createdground-breaking sitcoms such as Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, has died aged 88. The scriptwriter died on Friday night after a “long and heartbreaking battle with dementia”, his family said in a statement. “Ray passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.…

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1,600 scientists sign petition against Cern physicist’s ‘open discrimination’
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1,600 scientists sign petition against Cern physicist’s ‘open discrimination’

More than 1,600 scientists have backed a campaign condemning the Italian researcher who claimed physics was “invented and built by men”. They have signed a petition in response to comments made by Prof Alessandro Strumia of Pisa University, who said male scientists were being discriminated against because of ideology. After making the comments during a…

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