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UK intelligence agencies 'requested CIA report redaction'

The UK did request that parts of the Senate report into the CIA be redacted. Elements which referred to British intelligence agencies were deleted, Downing Street has confirmed the Guardian reports.

Number 10 had previously said that they only deleted items were due to national security concerns.

The U-turn will fuel speculation over how much the part US allies played in some aspects has been sanitised.

MI6 chief Sir John Sawers to stand down

MI6 chief Sir John Sawers will stand down after five years in the post, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Sir John is set to leave the Secret Intelligence Service in November, a spokesman said.

Sir John Sawers will stand down from his post as MI6 chief in November. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Prior to his appointment in 2009, he served as a career diplomat rising to become Britain's ambassador to the United Nations.

Previously Sir John spent three years as foreign policy adviser to the then-prime minister Tony Blair.

Spies allowed to break speed limit under law change

Spies are to be given a "licence to speed" for the first time, under changes to motoring laws.

Officers in MI5 and MI6 currently have to abide by the rules of the road even when national security is under threat.

But transport minister Robert Goodwill is to hand them the same exemptions as police, fire and ambulance drivers.

James Bond may not always obey the rules of the road, but spies have to. Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA

They will be able to break the speed limit once they have completed a training course in high-speed driving.

Vehicles used to carry organs for transplant, bomb disposal units, and mountain rescue teams are also set to be added to the list.

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