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London Bridge: Attacker had been convicted of terror offence

The man who carried out Friday’s stabbing attack at London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences. The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured. Khan was shot dead by officers ... Read More »

Albania earthquake: Tears, prayers in village near epicenter

The Albanian village of Thumane experienced the worst destruction in this week’s earthquake. Residents there have celebrated rescues and mourned deaths as emergency crews search the rubble for survivors. The Albanian village of Thumane was hit hard by Tuesday’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake. Emergency services are now working around the clock to find and rescue locals. When someone is pulled from ... Read More »

Iraq: Protesters set fire to Iran consulate in Najaf

Protesters have stormed the Iranian consulate in the Iraqi city of Najaf and set fire to the entire building, authorities said. Police reportedly fired live rounds into the crowd but failed to prevent the breach. Iraqi authorities declared a curfew in the holy city of Najaf after a group of protesters breached the Iranian consulate and started a fire on ... Read More »

Hong Kong protests: Trump signs Human Rights and Democracy Act into law

US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that supports pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The Human Rights and Democracy Act mandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justify its special status with the US. Mr Trump said he signed the law “out of respect for President Xi [Jinping], China, and the ... Read More »

European Commission: ‘Team Ursula’ gears up

The European Parliament will vote on the new commission on Wednesday, after a month’s delay. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen wants it to be “geopolitical,” green and cost-effective. It hasn’t been an easy start for Ursula von der Leyen’s team: The European Parliament rejected three candidates from France, Romania and Hungary, whose governments then had to find replacements. French President ... Read More »

Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists

The US will legally designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups, President Donald Trump says. The move would enable a wider scope of US action. Mr Trump also said he had told Mexico the US was ready to “go in and clear out” the cartels. In response Mexico’s foreign minister said his country would not allow any “violation of national ... Read More »

Bangladesh Islamists sentenced to death for 2016 cafe attack

Seven Islamists have been sentenced to death for a 2016 attack on a cafĂ© in the Bangladeshi capital in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed. The attack on the Holey Artisan cafe in Dhaka was carried out by a group of five men, who took diners hostage. Eight people were on trial, accused of planning and supplying the attackers ... Read More »

Hong Kong leader defiant after pro-democracy election gains

Carrie Lam has acknowledged her government’s “deficiencies” following a landslide victory for pro-democracy groups in Hong Kong’s local elections. But she has refused to give in to any protest demands. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam held strong in her refusal to offer concessions to protesters on Tuesday, following local elections that saw a landslide victory for her pro-democracy rivals. Speaking ... Read More »

Albania hit by deadly 6.4 magnitude earthquake

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Albania, bringing down buildings and leaving people trapped under rubble. At least 13 people have died. One man was killed after jumping from a window in panic, a defence ministry spokeswoman said. The quake hit 34km (21 miles) north-west of the capital, Tirana, in the early hours of Tuesday. Hours later, a separate earthquake ... Read More »

Thirteen French troops killed in helicopter crash in Mali

Thirteen French soldiers were killed when two helicopters collided during an operation against jihadists in Mali, the French president’s office said. It’s believed to be the biggest single loss of life for the French military since the 1980s. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “deep sadness” over the incident. An investigation has begun. In 2013, France deployed thousands of troops ... Read More »

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