• Gibraltar rehearses reaction to terrorist attack

    • December 5, 2015

    Gibraltar practiced its response to a marauding terrorist attack this week, mobilising all emergency services, armed response police and military units in a shoot-out scenario using blank rounds, pyrotechnics and fake blood to simulate casualties. The simulated attack at HM Naval Base formed part of the annual GIBEX exercise which was expanded this year to

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  • Spain’s King Felipe confirms UK visit

    Spain’s King Felipe confirms UK visit

    • December 4, 2015

    Spain’s King Felipe VI has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in March 2016, accompanied by Queen Letizia. The visit was confirmed yesterday by Buckingham Palace. The King and Queen of Spain will stay at Windsor Castle during the stay, which will last from March 8

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  • JMC in joint push to counter ‘hostile sovereignty claims’

    JMC in joint push to counter ‘hostile sovereignty claims’

    • December 4, 2015

    The UK and its Overseas Territories will work together to “counter hostile sovereignty claims” and defend the right to self-determination, the Joint Ministerial Council said in a communique yesterday. The council, which brings together UK ministers and leaders of the Overseas Territories including Gibraltar, met at Lancaster House in London for discussions ranging from security

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  • Security reviewed as UK launches Syria airstrikes

    Security reviewed as UK launches Syria airstrikes

    • December 4, 2015

    The Gibraltar Security Council met yesterday as Britain carried out its first airstrikes in Syria after MPs approved action against Islamic State targets, with the threat level in Gibraltar to remain at substantial. The Council – comprising Governor Alison MacMillan, Acting Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, Commissioner of Police Eddie Yome and Commander British Forces

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  • Cross-Frontier Group highlights ‘stability and trust’ as key to cooperation

    Cross-Frontier Group highlights ‘stability and trust’ as key to cooperation

    • December 4, 2015

    Cross-border cooperation must be “shielded from politics” in order to gain the trust of citizens and the business community in Gibraltar and Spain, the Cross-Frontier Group said yesterday. The group, which brings together unions and business organisations from both sides of the border, is pushing ahead with plans to set up a European Grouping of

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  • Customs tightens border controls for Christmas

    Customs tightens border controls for Christmas

    • December 2, 2015

    HM Customs has taken a number of steps to strengthen border controls including drafting in police dogs to help enforce the prohibition of illegal imports of fireworks over the weeks leading to Christmas and the New Year. This follows the commencement of ‘Operation Comet’, the objective of which is the collection of import duty and

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