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UK parliament attack suspect appears in court, charged with attempted murder

UK parliament attack suspect appears in court, charged with attempted murder

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LONDON (Reuters) - A Sudanese-born British man appeared in court on Monday to face two charges of attempted murder after a car careered into people and a barrier at Britain’s parliament last week. A police van, believed to be carrying Sudanese-born British national Salih Khater, arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Britain August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Simon DawsonPolice believe a car was deliberately driven into pedestrians and cyclists, injuring three people, before ramming a security barrier outside parliament last Tuesday. Salih Khater, 29, was arrested at the scene. He wore a grey T-shirt and white trousers as he was read the charges of the attempted murder of members of the public and the attempted murder of police officers at London’s Westminster Magistrates court.
Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support. Conservatives in his coalition were reportedly sounding out colleagues for a possible leadership challenge before Turnbull on Monday announced the removal of emission reduction targets from the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy. Under headlines such as “PM’s leadership on knife edge” major papers said some government members were gauging support for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to replace Turnbull. Dutton said he supported the prime minister. Asked whether his leadership was under threat, Turnbull declared: “I enjoy
Australian PM under pressure as voter support slides

Australian PM under pressure as voter support slides

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Voter support for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull crashed to its lowest level since December, an opinion poll published on Monday showed, further stoking leadership speculation in his ruling centre-right coalition. FILE PHOTO: Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) address the media following their talks in Berlin, Germany, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo The Ipsos poll published in Fairfax newspapers shows Turnbull’s personal approval plunging nine points to 46 percent, just as he is struggling to unite a restive party room over energy policy. Although Turbull is still personally more popular than opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, the poll shows support for his Liberal-N
UK hopes to pick up Brexit talks pace with Raab-Barnier meeting on Tuesday

UK hopes to pick up Brexit talks pace with Raab-Barnier meeting on Tuesday

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab will travel to Brussels on Tuesday in a bid to pick up the pace of Brexit talks with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hold a joint news conference in Brussels, Belgium July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo“On the agenda will be resolving the few remaining withdrawal issues related to the UK leaving the EU and pressing ahead with discussions on the future relationship,” May’s Downing Street office said. On Thursday, Britain will also publish the first of a series of technical notices, designed to help people and busi
London mayor Khan consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit

London mayor Khan consults disaster planners over no-deal Brexit

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LONDON (Reuters) - London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday he had asked the organisation that deals with militant attacks and disasters in the British capital to assess the impact of a “no-deal” Brexit on access to medicines and food and on law and order. FILE PHOTO: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, looks at the #LondonUnited memorial at City Hall, marking the anniversaries of the four terror attacks in London in 2017 in London, Britain March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Simon DawsonKhan said he would consult the London Resilience Forum, which plans responses to disasters such as the Grenfell Tower Fire, about the implications for Britain of crashing out of the European Union without a deal, saying that such a “catastrophic” outcome looked more likely than ever. Britain is due to leave the EU in
Turkish lira firms before finance minister’s presentation

Turkish lira firms before finance minister’s presentation

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish lira strengthened more than 3 percent on Thursday before a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor. FILE PHOTO: A 100 Turkish lira banknote is seen on top of 50 Turkish lira banknotes in this picture illustration in Istanbul, Turkey August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File PhotoThe currency gained some support from the announcement late on Wednesday of a Qatari pledge to invest $15 billion in Turkey and Albayrak will be looking to reassure investors in his conference call at 1300 GMT. The lira TRYTOM=D3, still down 34 percent against the dollar this year, firmed to 5.7700 by 1100 GMT from a close of 5.95. Other Turkish marke...
Man arrested after suspected UK parliament attack named – source

Man arrested after suspected UK parliament attack named – source

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BIRMINGHAM, England/LONDON (Reuters) - A man detained on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack outside Britain’s parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin, a European security source told Reuters on Wednesday. Police believe a car was deliberately driven into pedestrians and cyclists, injuring three people, before ramming a security barrier outside parliament on Tuesday morning. The 29-year-old driver was arrested by armed officers at the scene moments later. He is currently being questioned on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism and on Wednesday was further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, although police have said he is not co-operating with detectives. On Wednesday police said that they had obtained a warrant to detain him for longer befor
Police search addresses after suspected terrorist attack at UK parliament

Police search addresses after suspected terrorist attack at UK parliament

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LONDON (Reuters) - Police searched three addresses in central England as part of an investigation into what they said appeared to be a terrorist attack outside Britain’s parliament when a man drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists. Forensic investigators work at the site after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. REUTERS/Hannah McKayA 29-year-old driver, a British citizen who had originally come from another country, was arrested on Tuesday morning after ramming his car into barriers outside parliament in Westminster, injuring three people. “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident,” London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters shortly after the cr
Malta lets rescue ship dock after EU states agree to take migrants

Malta lets rescue ship dock after EU states agree to take migrants

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VALLETTA/MADRID (Reuters) - Malta said on Tuesday it would allow the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius, which has been barred for four days from several coastal states, to dock after five European Union countries agreed to take in 141 migrants on board. The boat, run by the Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), had been at the center of the latest continent-wide tug-of-war over how to cope with the arrival of seaborne migrants. The migrants, rescued off the coast of Libya, will be distributed among France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain, the Maltese and French governments said. Sixty of 114 migrants who had been brought to Malta separately on Monday will go to other EU member states. The charities gave a cautious welcome to the deal, sayin...
Car hits pedestrians in suspected terrorist attack at UK parliament

Car hits pedestrians in suspected terrorist attack at UK parliament

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LONDON (Reuters) - A man deliberately drove a car into London pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday before ramming it into barriers outside Britain’s parliament in what appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the building in just under 18 months, police said. Three people were injured. The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested by armed officers moments later. He was not cooperating with detectives, the British police counter-terrorism chief said. “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident,” the officer, London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, told reporters. For a graphic on UK parliament attack, click tmsnrt.rs/2KRiTAD In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westmins