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Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram’s web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm’s founder said he was “upset” by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by…

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May to press G20 on terror financing

There must be no “safe spaces” for terrorist funding in the global financial system, Theresa May will tell a meeting of the G20 on Friday. The UK PM will focus on ways to track small sums of money used to finance “lone wolf” attacks, as well as large transfers, at the summit in Germany. More must also be done to tackle the risk of foreign fighters “dispersing” from Iraq and Syria, she says. The terror threat must be combated “from every angle”, Mrs May is urging. The UK has been…

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Homeland star speaks out on UK terror attacks

Being in the UK during the recent spate of terror attacks has not left Oscar-winning actor F Murray Abraham feeling pessimistic about the future. “It’s going to change and it’s going to get better,” the Homeland star told the BBC. “I absolutely believe that. “Things happen and you go on,” Abraham continued. “It’s the same in New York.” The actor, who won an Oscar in 1985 for playing Salieri in Amadeus, can be seen currently as an ill-tempered playwright in West End play The Mentor. The production, which runs at…

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UK terror convictions rising, BBC Jihadist database shows

More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014, research by the BBC has revealed. The youngest is a schoolboy from Blackburn who was 14 when he incited an act of terrorism in Australia. The figures also show there are growing numbers of women and girls being prosecuted. Police say five terror plots have been foiled since March and 18 thwarted since 2013. For the last two years the BBC has tracked the numbers of people from the UK…

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Policing 'at risk' as officers deal with terror

Policing in England and Wales could be at “significant” risk if resources are diverted to fight terrorism, the UK’s top counter-terrorism officer has said. Counter-terrorism policing has been placed on an “emergency footing” after recent attacks, the BBC understands. Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has asked ministers to reassure officers that funding will not be diverted from mainstream policing as a result. The Home Office said counter-terrorism funding would increase by 30% by 2022. ‘Difficult choices’ In a letter to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, seen by the BBC, Mr Rowley warned…

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Manchester attack: Terror threat reduced from critical

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK terrorism threat level has been reduced from critical to severe, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. The change indicates an attack is highly likely, not imminently expected. Soldiers deployed to support the police will be stood down on Monday night, at the close of the bank holiday weekend. Earlier on Saturday, police evacuated an area of Moss Side in the city, in a search linked to Monday’s bomb attack at the Manchester Arena which killed 22 people and left scores injured….

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General election 2017: Corbyn pledges change 'at home and abroad' to tackle terror

UK foreign policy would change under a Labour government to one that “reduces rather than increases the threat” to the country, Jeremy Corbyn has said. He said experts had linked British involvement in wars to terrorism “at home”, as election campaigns resumed after the Manchester attack. He pledged to reverse police spending cuts as he praised the city’s “inspiring” response to the tragedy. Opponents criticised his timing, days after the attack which killed 22. Security Minister Ben Wallace told the BBC his comments were “crassly timed” while Lib Dem Leader…

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