London terror attack: What we know about the assailants so far

On Saturday evening, three men ploughed a van into pedestrians walking across London Bridge before storming Borough Market nearby to indiscriminately stab and kill innocent civilians in cold blood. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, confirming via a statement from its Amaq agency that a “detachment” of jihadis carried out the assault. According to reports, one of the ...

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UK general election 2017 poll tracker: All the latest results as Conservatives battle Labour

Britain heads to the polls on June 8 for a snap general election. And as the campaigns unfold over 50 days, the eyes of thousands of strategists, politicians and the public are on the polls. Pollsters got a bad rep after they mostly missed Brexit and the scale of the Tories’ 2015 majority. But taken together, surveys still make an ...

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'Extraordinary' month for Scottish renewable energy

Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May, according to environmental groups. Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes. WWF Scotland analysed renewables data provided by WeatherEnergy. It also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV panels had enough sunshine to generate more than 100% of the electricity ...

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General election 2017: Greens and UKIP grilled on terror policy

Security and terrorism policy featured strongly as the Green Party and UKIP leaders faced a Question Time audience. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall called for 20,000 more police officers on UK streets, and for a review of funding of mosques in Britain. Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley said the Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy should be scrapped. The Bristol Q&A was the latest in ...

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Canada's mowing man and tornado photo goes viral

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media. Theunis Wessels was “fully aware” of the twister but “wasn’t worried at all”, his wife Cecilia, who took the photo, told the BBC. She said the tornado was about 2km (1.25 miles) from their house ...

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Schoolboy feared he would die in terror attack and 'said goodbye to family and friends'

A schoolboy has told how he was so convinced he would die when the London Bridge terrorists burst into a restaurant that he said goodbye to family and friends. Miles Clarke, 14, was enjoying a meal with family and friends on Saturday night when the jihadi trio struck. The terrorists went from table to table stabbing diners at the Black ...

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China upset at Mattis' 'irresponsible remarks' on South China Sea

SHANGHAI China has expressed its strong dissatisfaction with what it labelled “irresponsible remarks” on the South China Sea by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis during a security forum at the weekend. Mattis accused China of having contempt for other nations’ interests and disregarding international law. He told the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore that the construction and militarisation of ...

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Polls close in key Mexican vote, both main contenders declare victory

By Anthony Esposito | TEXCOCO, Mexico TEXCOCO, Mexico Mexico’s ruling party was in a neck-and-neck race with its main leftist rival for control of the country’s biggest state on Sunday, with both sides claiming victory in an election that could sway the outcome of next year’s presidential contest. Polls closed at 6:00 p.m. (2300 GMT) in the State of Mexico, ...

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Trump supporters confront counter-protests in Portland, Oregon

By Terray Sylvester | PORTLAND, Ore. PORTLAND, Ore. Riot police turned out in force in downtown Portland on Sunday to maintain order as supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump faced off in duelling political rallies, a week after racially charged killings that shook Oregon’s largest city. The Trump Free Speech Rally drew hundreds of demonstrators to a public square ...

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Sovereign investors raise property holdings, wary of UK on Brexit

By Claire Milhench | LONDON LONDON Sovereign investors are raising their property exposure at the expense of low-yielding bonds in an attempt to boost returns, but Brexit is seen as a significant negative for all UK investments, a study by asset manager Invesco showed. The annual report, published on Monday and based on interviews with 97 sovereign wealth funds, state ...

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