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London govt defends itself against accusations that it was soft on Russian interference

London will probably be able to escape a serious discussion about addressing the failures of their intelligence services by invoking the traditional need for secrecy. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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LONDON - Britain's ministers are considering strengthening existing security laws after a report by MPs in London accused the government of underestimating alleged Russian interference in the country's domestic politics.

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has told Parliament that his government is "committed to new espionage legislation" and additional laws against "hostile state activity". He says this will include considering whether to force foreign agents to register, and the creation of new offences and powers for dealing with foreign spies.

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