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News: Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia for first time since 2015 terror attack

Thomas Cook is resuming its holiday and flight operations to Tunisia for UK customers from today. It will be the first time the tour operator has flown to the country since a 2015 beach attack in which 30 Britons were killed. The programme will start with three weekly flights to Enfidha, from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham, expanding to include Glasgow from April and Newcastle and London Stansted from May. The decision was taken to put the destination back on sale after the UK government changed its advice for Tunisia…

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Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

Big Ben and Heathrow Airport were among landmarks targeted by a British man who was “fascinated” by the so-called Islamic State, a court has heard. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, from east London, denies preparing acts of terrorism. He is on trial at the Old Bailey in London alongside three other men, aged between 19 and 27. Mark Heywood QC, opening the case, said Mr Haque had decided to “carry out one or more violent attacks” in the UK and had “identified methods and targets”. The court heard his other intended…

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UK 'Christmas terror plot': Police searches resume

Counter-terror police are to resume searches of two properties after an alleged Islamist terror plot set to happen at Christmas was stopped. Armed officers and an Army bomb disposal squad were involved in raids on five properties in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire on Tuesday. Four men arrested under the Terrorism Act remain in custody. Searches at scenes in Burngreave, Sheffield, and at a house in Chesterfield will continue later. A 31-year-old man was arrested after the bomb squad cordoned off a street in Chesterfield. Three other men aged 22, 36…

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Terror raids: Four arrests as army bomb disposal called in

An army bomb disposal team is at a house in Chesterfield after police arrested four men in terror raids across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. A cordon has been set up and nearby homes are being evacuated at the site in central Chesterfield, police said. A 31-year-old man who lives at the address has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences. Three other men aged 22, 36 and 41 were arrested in the Burngreave, Meersbrook and Stocksbridge areas of Sheffield. All four suspects have been taken to a police station in…

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Russia meddled on Twitter after UK terror attacks, study says

Suspected Russia-linked Twitter accounts were used to “extend the impact and harm” of four 2017 terrorist attacks in the UK, a study says. Cardiff University researchers have found hundreds of related messages in 47 accounts previously tied to Russia. Some posts were anti-Muslim in nature, while others were critical of those who held such views, they report. Moscow has not commented but has denied past claims it sought to meddle in Western democracies via social media. Even so, one influential MP has condemned the activity. “It is wrong that any…

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Trump Putin call: CIA 'helped stop Russia terror attack'

Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on St Petersburg’s Kazan cathedral, the Kremlin says. The attack was allegedly planned to take place on Saturday, officials say. In a phone call, President Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the CIA’s intervention, the Kremlin said. Mr Putin told Mr Trump that Russia’s special services would hand over information on terror threats to their US counterparts, it added. Russia’s FSB security service said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell…

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Teenager, 17, guilty of plotting Cardiff terror attack

A teenager from south Wales has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack in Cardiff. The boy, 17, who cannot be named, was arrested on the day of a Justin Bieber concert at the Principality Stadium on 30 June. He has been found guilty of five terror-related charges at Birmingham Crown Court. The other charges included encouraging terrorism online and possessing terrorist information. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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