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UNITED KINGDOM – Attacker named

UNITED KINGDOM – Attacker named

LONDON –– The attacker who killed three people near parliament in London before being shot dead was named on Thursday as a 52-year-old British-born man, Khalid Masood, who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued by its Amaq news agency, […]

UK: Several injured in ‘terrorist’ incident at Westminster

UK: Several injured in ‘terrorist’ incident at Westminster

London’s Metropolitan Police say an attack in Westminster is being treated “as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise”. A policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament in London. Around three shots rang out outside the Palace of Westminster after a […]

UNITED KINGDOM –– Laptops banned from cabins on some flights

UNITED KINGDOM –– Laptops banned from cabins  on some flights

LONDON – The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution. It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of […]

Impose visas on US citizens, says EU

Impose visas on US citizens, says EU

STRASBOURG – Members of the European Parliament have called for the European Commission to impose visas on US citizens visiting Europe amid an ongoing dispute over visa restrictions against five EU nations. MEPs called on Washington to grant the same visa-free access to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus as enjoyed by citizens […]

ENGLAND – Groom rapes stranger hours before wedding

ENGLAND – Groom rapes stranger hours before wedding

LONDON –– A groom has admitted a “sustained and systematic” rape hours before he was due to marry his pregnant partner. Convicted rapist Derry Flynn McCann, 28, launched a two-hour assault “within sight” of his victim’s front door in Hackney, east London, on January 13. He later married his partner having “recently” been released from prison. […]

UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit Bill defeated

UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit Bill defeated

LONDON – Britain’s upper parliamentary house dealt a defeat to Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, voting for a change to her Brexit plan that says she can only trigger divorce talks if she promises to protect the rights of citizens of the European Union (EU). The defeat is a blow to the Prime Minister, who […]

UNITED KINGDOM – Toshiba chairman quits over $3.4bn loss

UNITED KINGDOM – Toshiba chairman quits over $3.4bn loss

LONDON – Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga has resigned, hours after the Japanese conglomerate revealed details of a multi-billion dollar loss. Earlier Toshiba had delayed issuing its results, but it then said it was set to report a net loss of 390bn yen ($3.4bn) in the year to March 2017. The company said it expected to […]

UNITED KINGDOM – MPs back Brexit bill

UNITED KINGDOM – MPs back Brexit bill

LONDON –– MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. They backed the government’s European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114. But the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrat leadership opposed the bill, while 47 Labour MPs and […]

LONDON – Refugee shelters win design award

LONDON – Refugee shelters win design award

LONDON –– A flat-pack refugee shelter developed by Ikea and the United Nations has been named the best design of 2016. Awarded the Beazley Design of the Year award, presented by the Design Museum in London, the modular Better Shelter is made from recyclable plastic, comprises only 68 components, and can be assembled in as […]

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