Tag Archives: The Independant

London terror attack: Isis claims responsibility amid group's 'call for increased attacks'

Isis has claimed responsibility for the London terror attack through its Amaq ‘news agency’. A statement on the group’s propaganda outlet said a “detachment” of its fighters had carried out the atrocity, in which seven people were killed and 48 were wounded. One of their victims was Christine Archibald, a Canadian woman who is believed to have worked in a ...

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London attack: Security services wrestle with copycat terror threat

Theresa May has warned in the aftermath of the London atrocity of how “terrorism breeds terrorism” with violent extremists carrying out copycat attacks “often using the crudest means” to maim and murder. The rise of such attacks, with Islamists emulating previous acts of terror, is a matter of deep concern, say security sources, with difficulties in uncovering plots by small ...

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Thousands surge into Portland, Oregon, to protest an alt-right rally held nine days after double stabbings in city train

As officers in riot gear and bearing heavy arms strove to keep one side from advancing into the other, protestors from each flank of America’s bitter political divide took over adjacent parks in downtown Portland, Oregon, in a simmering and dangerous show of mutual disdain and anger. Tensions in a city known for progressive pride spiked as leaders of the ...

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt's climate change denial refuted by scientific paper

In a sign of growing tensions between scientists and the Trump administration, researchers have published a scientific paper that was conceived and written as an explicit refutation to an assertion by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt about climate change. The study, in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, sets up a direct test of a claim by Pruitt, made in ...

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Jose Mourinho refuses to talk Antoine Griezmann as he reveals he's given Ed Woodward his list of summer targets

Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on Manchester United‘s interest in Antoine Griezmann but revealed he has given Ed Woodward his list of transfer targets for this summer. United secured all-important qualification for the Champions League with the win in the Europa League final, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the goals to see off Ajax in Stockholm. United are ...

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It was naive to praise Melania and Ivanka Trump for refusing the headscarf in Saudi then covering up at the Vatican

The Trumps are on tour. And the only thing scarier than the political allegiances forged between the US President and some of the Middle East’s most war-hungry men has been the spilling of commentary on the First Lady’s wardrobe choices. Because while Donald was signing a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia – the first port of call of ...

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After Game of Thrones, Kit Harington is looking forward to doing nothing

Just as Jon Snow is a reticent king, you sense there’s a reluctance on Kit Harrington’s part to be a celebrity, to be a Big Deal. He comes across slightly shy and seems disorientated by the hype surrounding Game of Thrones, and consequently is looking forward to “relative obscurity” once the show comes to a close next year. “Maybe I ...

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Netflix cancels costly show The Get Down after one season, Baz Luhrmann reacts

Netflix has cancelled Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama The Get Down after just one season. While the reasoning is unconfirmed, it seems that the streaming service’s decision could be down to budget – the hip-hop themed series was one of Netflix’s most expensive shows with the first 12 episodes costing approximately $120 million (£92.5m). Royal drama The Crown is reported to be the ...

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Ramadan 2017: When is it this year, why does it vary and why do Muslims fast?

The holy month of Ramadan will start at the end of May this year, marking a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims across the globe. Here we look at what the month means for Muslims, why people fast during this period, and why it falls at a different time each year. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is ...

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The China-Russia summit will focus on North Korea – but it's really about Western influence in the region

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi makes an official visit to Russia on Thursday and Friday for meetings with key officials, including his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The timing, which coincides with the NATO and G7 summits of Western powers, underlines that Beijing and Moscow have an alternative cooperation agenda on multiple issues, including the Korean nuclear stand-off and the Syrian conflict. ...

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