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News: NYC & Company: City remains safe following terror attack

NYC & Company president Fred Dixon has said the city remains safe following the deadliest terrorist incident in the US tourism capital since the September 11th attacks in 2001. Eight people were killed and 12 injured when the driver of a truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan yesterday. Five friends from Argentina were among those killed. A 29-year-old man, an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle. He is under arrest. New York governor Andrew Cuomo subsequently revealed a note…

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Birmingham woman, 21, guilty of aiding knife terror plot

A 21-year-old woman has been found guilty of buying a combat knife to help her husband prepare to carry out a planned terror attack in Birmingham. Madihah Taheer, from the city, denied preparing an act of terrorism by assisting her husband Ummariyat Mirza earlier this year. Woolwich Crown Court heard the husband and wife team had developed their plans after falling in love as teenagers. In March, armed police arrested the husband at gunpoint in Birmingham. They acted on MI5 intelligence that Mirza was going to carry out a rampaging…

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MI5 boss Andrew Parker warns of 'intense’ terror threat

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK’s intelligence services are facing an “intense” challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned. Andrew Parker said there was currently “more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly” and that it can also be “harder to detect”. The UK has suffered five terror attacks this year, and he said MI5 staff had been “deeply affected” by them. He added that more than 130 Britons who travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with so-called Islamic State had died. Speaking in…

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Vegas shooting death toll rises to 58, no apparent connection to international terror

At least 58 people were killed and 515 were injured in Las Vegas Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. The “nonstop gunfire,” according to one witness, sent more than 22,000 country music fans scrambling for their lives. Two sources familiar with the investigation said there was a combination of rifles and handguns at the scene, and one of the sources said there were 19…

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UK's terror fight 'puts unsustainable strain on police'

The UK’s counter-terrorism effort is putting an “unsustainable strain” on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times. She added “this puts extra strain on an already-stretched service”. The Home Office said it was working with police on the demands they faced. So far in 2017 there have been five terror attacks in the UK, killing 36 people. What powers do…

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Theresa May to warn tech firms over terror content

Technology companies must go “further and faster” in removing extremist content, Prime Minister Theresa May is to tell the United Nations. She will urge social networks and search engines to act when she addresses the general assembly. Mrs May will also host a meeting with other world leaders and firms including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. Separately, tech giant Google has said it will give a total of £1m to fund counter-terrorism projects in the UK. Google launches UK ‘anti-terror fund’ Politicians take on the internet over extremism The prime minister…

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Parsons Green: UK terror threat increased to critical after Tube bomb

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK terror threat has been increased to its highest level following the attack on a Tube train in south-west London, the prime minister has said. Theresa May said the threat had been raised from severe to critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently. An “improvised explosive device” was detonated at Parsons Green station on a District Line train from Wimbledon. A hunt is under way for the person who placed the bomb, with so-called Islamic State saying it was behind the attack….

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