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Islamic State group plans to rebound with more attacks – MI6

Image copyright EPA Image caption Alex Younger, head of MI6, said people returning from Syria warzones should be investigated The head of MI6 has warned that the Islamic State group is reorganising for more attacks despite its military defeat in Syria. Alex Younger, the UK’s intelligence chief, also told of his concern about jihadists returning to Europe with “dangerous” skills and connections. They should expect to be investigated and possibly prosecuted, he said. His comments come after Shamima Begum, a teenager who ran away to join IS, said she wants…

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Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Trump supporter shoves a BBC cameraman at the El Paso rally A supporter of US President Donald Trump has attacked a BBC cameraman at a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC’s Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away. Mr Skeans said the “very hard shove” came from his blindside. “I didn’t know what was going on.” Mr Trump saw the attack and confirmed…

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Tunisia attacks: Militants jailed over 2015 terror

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The 38 people killed in the Sousse attack were mostly British tourists Seven jihadists have been sentenced to life in prison in Tunisia over gun and grenade attacks at a museum and a beach resort in 2015. Sixty people, mostly tourists, died in the attacks and many were wounded. Other defendants received lesser prison terms, but 27 were acquitted. The first attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015 killed 22 people. Three months later, 38 tourists, most of them British, were shot…

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Exclusive: Ukraine says it sees surge in cyber attacks targeting election

KIEV (Reuters) – Hackers likely controlled by Russia are stepping up efforts to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential election in March with cyber attacks on electoral servers and personal computers of election staff, the head of Ukraine’s cyber police said on Friday. Ukrainian Cyber Police Chief Serhiy Demedyuk speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kiev, Ukraine November 2, 2017. Picture taken November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Serhiy Demedyuk told Reuters the attackers were using virus-infected greeting cards, shopping invitations, offers for software updates and other malicious “phishing” material intended to steal…

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London violence: Two dead and four hurt in knife and gun attacks

Image copyright MPSHACKNEY Image caption In one of the violent incidents early on New Year’s Day, a woman was shot at a nightclub in Hackney Two people have been stabbed to death and four others hurt in separate attacks in London, including one at a private party in the West End. Police were called to Park Lane, Westminster, at about 05:30 GMT following reports of a stabbing. A man, believed to be in his 30s, was found with stab wounds and died at the scene about 30 minutes later. In…

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Ambulance vandalism: Bins and scooters used in attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmbulances have been targeted with fireworks, bottles, wheelie bins and scooters Fireworks, wheelie bins, knives and scooters have all been used to attack ambulances and rapid response vehicles in the past three years, a BBC freedom of information request has found. More than 200 acts of vandalism were reported between 2015 and October, some also featuring metal poles and bricks. NHS trusts have had to pay thousands of pounds to repair damage and take ambulances off the road for repairs. Unison has…

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Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne gang used oxy-acetylene canisters to cause an explosion Thieves are increasingly trying to smash or blast their way into UK cash machines – with the number of attacks on ATMs nearly doubling in four years. Attempts to steal cash have risen from 400 attacks in 2014 to 723 last year, according to a report by ATM operator Cardtronics. It said one in five incidents in Europe occurred in the UK. Thieves are generally unsuccessful, with 41% of cases resulting in cash…

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Stanley town centre mob of youths attacks officers

Police faced down mob of about 100 youths, some of whom attacked with bricks and fireworks, it has emerged. A Police Community Support Officer was also punched in the face during the disorder in Stanley, County Durham, earlier this month. Since the attack, the force has set up a text message service which will alert parents when there is trouble in the town centre, telling them to collect their teenagers. Source link

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Being an amateur referee: your stories of threats and attacks, but a love of the game

Assaulted referee forgives his attackers Every week, thousands of referees oversee grassroots matches – for the love of football and the reward of enjoying the match, but often for little financial return and a risk to their safety. While many will encounter no serious problems, others face verbal or even physical abuse by players and spectators. Republic of Ireland Combined Counties League referee Daniel Sweeney was assaulted last week after an amateur game – an attack that left him with a broken jaw. This prompted us to ask an open…

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Bank of England to test financial system resilience to cyber attacks

FILE PHOTO: People pass the Bank of England in the City of London January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England said it will carry out a test on Friday to gauge the financial sector’s ability to withstand a major cyber attack. The BoE said that, in partnership with the finance ministry and the Financial Conduct Authority, it would host a one-day exercise on Nov. 9. “The exercise will help authorities and firms identify improvements to our collective response arrangements, improving the resilience of the…

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