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Two men due in court over alleged plot to kill PM

Two men are due in Westminster Magistrates’ Court later over an alleged plot to kill Theresa May. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham, have been charged with terrorism offences. The BBC understands the allegations involve a plan to bomb Downing Street security gates and then attack the PM with a knife. The men were arrested on 28 November by counter terrorism officers. It comes a day after a security review said it was “conceivable” the Manchester Arena bombing could have been prevented….

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News: Trump travel ban comes into full effect following supreme court ruling

The United States supreme court has ruled a travel ban proposed by president Donald Trump on visitors from six mainly Muslim countries can go into full effect. The decision is pending legal challenges. The move means travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen will face restrictions on their entry to the United States. The ruling covers the third version of the directive that the president has issued since taking office. It is a significant boost for president Trump, in a week that also saw major tax reform passed….

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Supreme court backs Trump travel ban

The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go fully into effect. Seven of the nine justices granted the administration’s request to lift injunctions imposed by lower courts. But the directive against travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen still faces legal challenges. The ruling covers the third version of President Trump’s controversial policy that he has issued since taking office. The presidential proclamation also imposed restrictions on travellers from North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials. Those provisions…

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Should opioids be banned in court over fears of exposure?

The potency of certain opioid painkillers has Massachusetts‘ judiciary considering whether to ban the substances from being brought into courtrooms as evidence — a move some experts say is driven by a misunderstanding of the real dangers. The chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court recently told prosecutors that she fears allowing fentanyl and carfentanil into courtrooms puts lawyers, jurors and defendants at risk even when the drugs are properly packaged. “Given their demonstrated potency and toxicity, the risk of accidental exposure, the training necessary to safely handle even though…

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Praljak: Bosnian Croat war criminal dies after taking poison in court

Media playback is unsupported on your device A Bosnian Croat war criminal has died after drinking poison during an appeal hearing in The Hague. Slobodan Praljak, 72, died in hospital, with the UN court announcing that the courtroom was now “a crime scene”. On hearing that his 20-year jail term had been upheld, the ex-commander of Bosnian Croat forces said he was not a criminal and then drank from a bottle. In 2013, he was sentenced for crimes in the city of Mostar during the Bosnian war from 1992-95. Praljak…

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Ratko Mladic removed from war crimes court

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been removed from a court in The Hague after he shouted at judges reading his trial verdict over crimes during the 1990s Bosnian war. His expulsion happened after the judge rejected a request by his lawyer to adjourn the session on health grounds. Known as the “Butcher of Bosnia”, Gen Mladic faces 11 charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity, at the UN tribunal. Gen Mladic, 74, has denied the charges. The session was resumed shortly after he was expelled. He was sent…

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