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Live Baltimore bridge collapse: Ship mayday alert ‘saved lives’ after power failure

A mayday alert issued by the crew of the cargo ship shortly before crashed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge “saved lives”, Maryland Governor Wes Moore said.

Mr Moore also paid tribute to the officials who rushed to close the bridge to traffic before the 112,000-ton vessel, which suffered a power failure, plunged into the structure early on Tuesday morning.

Six construction workers who were repairing potholes on the bridge are unaccounted for. Authorities have detected several vehicles, including a cement lorry, on the bottom of the Patapsco River.

“I’m thankful for the folks who, once the warning came up… that there was a mayday, who literally by being able to stop cars from coming over the bridge, these people are heroes — they saved lives,” Mr Moore said.

ABC News, citing US intelligence, reported earlier today the ship’s crew alerted Maryland officials when they lost power soon after leaving port, warning they could collide with the bridge.

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Live Sunak: We’re tougher than our allies on China

Rishi Sunak has defended the UK’s approach to dealing with China as he argued it is “undoubtedly more robust” than “most of our allies”. 

The Prime Minister told the Liaison Committee that China had engaged in behaviour which the UK and its allies “won’t stand for”, referring to the recent news about cyber attacks. 

He said: “The first thing to say is China represents the greatest state-based threat to our economic security and as we have seen recently, we have seen behaviour that we just won’t stand for. 

“Their actions in relation to our and our allies’ democracies are deeply concerning which is why recently we have taken a retaliatory action and we will continue to address their behaviour with tough action.” 

He added: “Where we identify risks and threats the track record is clear that we will take action.” 

A number of prominent Tory MPs have urged Mr Sunak to adopt a tougher stance on Beijing and it was suggested to him this afternoon that the UK often talked tough on China but had not actually taken any significant action. 

He rejected the suggestion and said: “Our approach to China is undoubtedly more robust than I’d say most of our allies.”

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Zelensky replaces national security adviser in surprise shake-up

Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, has dismissed Oleksiy Danilov, Ukraine’s security council secretary, in a surprise reshuffle.

Mr Danilov, who has held the post since October 2019 – a few months after the president took office – was replaced by Oleksandr Lytvynenko, the foreign intelligence service chief, under a decree published on the presidential website. No reason was given for the change.

Ukraine’s national security and defence council co-ordinates national security and contains the country’s top political, security and defence chiefs.

The move comes as Mr Zelensky continues to rotate high-ranking security and defence officials, with last month’s dismissal of Ukraine’s top general presaging a wider clear-out of the military’s top brass.

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