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French investigate Woolwich ‘copy-cat’ attack on terrorism patrol soldier in Paris

French investigate Woolwich ‘copy-cat’ attack on terrorism patrol soldier in Paris

The soldier was wounded in the incident which happened as he patrolled the French capital’s La Defense business district with two comrades.

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An attack on a French soldier in a busy underground railway station near Paris on Saturday might have been a spur-of-the-moment copy of London’s Woolwich killing, French investigators believe.#

France’s terrorism investigation unit was called in to lead the hunt for a man of Fren appearance who stabbed in the neck a soldier on anti-terrorist patrol amid thousands of Saturday shoppers.

The soldier was cut, possibly by a box-cutter, close to his carotid artery. He bled profusely but was not seriously injured. His wound needed only one stitch.

Officially, the French government is making no direct link with the killing of a British soldier by two Islamist radicals on a street in Woolwich last Wednesday. Unofficially, investigators are said to believe it was almost certainly a copy-cat attack, possibly carried out on the spur of the moment.

The French defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian,  who visited the injured man in hospital, said that it was clear that “someone wanted to kill him because he was a soldier”. The interior minister, Manuel Valls, said France would continue to wage an “implacable fight against terrorism”.

Cedric Cordier, 23, of the 4th cavalry regiment, was patrolling in battle-dress with a policeman and another soldier in the underground concourse of the RER (regional Metro) station at La Défense just west of Paris just before 6pm on Saturday. Anti-terrorist patrols of this kind have become a common sight in France since a  series of murderous bomb attacks on the Paris Metro in the mid-1990s.

The attacker came up behind the soldier, who was the last man in the patrol, and slashed or stabbed his neck with a blade.

The attacker, described as a muscular man in his earlier thirties and of North African appearance, fled into the adjoining shopping centre before the other members of the patrol could react. The area bristled with security cameras whose footage is being studied.

The so-called “Vigipirate” armed military patrols on busy streets and in metro and railways stations are supposed to deter terrorist attacks. They have often been criticised as more decorative than useful. If they become, themselves, an easy target for low-level terrorism, the French government may have to abandon them or revert to police-only patrols.

President François Hollande, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  for a conference on African unity, said: “We will examine all possibilities. I see no reason at this stage to make a link with what happened in London. But we must look into all possibilities, without exception.”

Woolwich attack: Armed officers arrest fifth man in connection with death of Lee Rigby

Woolwich attack: Armed officers arrest fifth man in connection with death of Lee Rigby

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A MAN was arrested today by counter-terrorism officers in connection with the death of Drummer Lee Rigby, Scotland Yard said.

Armed officers were involved in the arrest of the man, 22, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, in St Paul’s Road in Highbury Grove, north London, the Metropolitan Police said.

He is the fifth man to be arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Drummer Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, south east London, last Wednesday.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “At 2.35pm today a 22-year-old man was arrested by officers from the MPS Counter-Terrorism Command investigating the murder of Lee Rigby.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder by detectives supported by specialist firearms officers.

“He has been taken to a south-London police station where he remains in custody.

“He was arrested in St Paul’s Road, in Highbury Grove, north London.”

The latest arrest came hours after members of the serviceman’s family visited the scene of his murder.

Woolwich terror attack: Grieving family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby overcome with emotion as they lay flowers at scene where he died

His widow Rebecca, mother Lyn, 46, and stepfather Ian, 54, laid flowers at the Woolwich Barracks where the soldier with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was based, and where hundreds of floral tributes have already been left by wellwishers.

Their visit came as Home Secretary Theresa May warned today there are potentially thousands of people at risk of being radicalised in the UK, as she indicated plans for a fresh crackdown on extremist groups.

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Nine people have now been arrested in connection with Drummer Rigby’s death.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, 22, who are being held on suspicion of murder, remain in hospital.

Three men aged 28, 24 and 21 remain in police custody after being arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been released on bail, police said last night.

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Two women aged 29 and 31 who were held on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder have been released without charge.

Kenyan anti-terrorism police today confirmed that Adebolajo had previously been arrested in the country close to the border with Somalia, where al Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab is based.

Woolwich terror attack: Lee Rigby murder suspect was arrested in Kenya

Anti-terrorism unit head Boniface Mwaniki told the Associated Press he was arrested in 2010 along with five other men, all believed to have been preparing to train and fight with the group.

He said Adebolajo was later deported.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed that a British national was arrested in Kenya in 2010. “FCO provided consular assistance as normal for British nationals,” she said.

Kenya’s government spokesman later said Adebolajo,was arrested under a different name and taken to court before being handed to British authorities.

“Kenya’s government arrested Michael Olemindis Ndemolajo. We handed him to British security agents in Kenya and he seems to have found his way to London and mutated to Michael Adebolajo,” said spokesman Muthui Kariuki.

“The Kenyan government cannot be held responsible for what happened to him after we handed him to British authorities.”

Source : Daily Record

London: Man hacked to death with meat cleavers outside Woolwich army base. Terrorist?

London: Man hacked to death with meat cleavers outside Woolwich army base. Terrorist?

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A man has been hacked to death and possibly beheaded in a suspected terrorist attack outside a military base in south-east London.

Key Points

  • Cleaver murder victim believed to be soldier
  • Mobile phone footage shows attacker attempting to justify attack
  • Alleged attackers shot by police
  • Witness: “They were just animals.”
  • PM David Cameron cuts short France visit

 

Eyewitnesses say two men used a car to run the victim over in broad daylight on a street about 200 metres from the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.

The men then attacked him with knives and a gun and then remained at the scene, asking passers-by to photograph and film them.

Footage shows one of the men carrying a blood-covered knife and meat cleaver and saying to the camera: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”

Watch the ITV footage (warning: contains graphic images).

Armed police shot and wounded the two attackers after being called to the incident by bystanders.

There are reports the dead man was a serving soldier who was wearing a t-shirt with the logo of the Help for Heroes military charity.

Witnesses describe horror of ‘crazy’ attack

One eyewitness, identified only as James, told local radio station LBC the two assailants “were hacking at this poor guy”.

“We thought they were trying to remove organs or something.

“These two guys were crazy, they just were not there, they were just animals.”

In the footage of the aftermath of the attack, one of the attackers makes a number of political statements while the body of his victim lies in the road behind him.

Speaking in a London accent, the man, looking agitated and angry, said: “I apologise that women had to witness that, but in our lands our women have to see the same thing.

“You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you.”

“They were just animals,” one eyewitness said.

“They then dragged the poor guy, he was obviously dead. There was no way a human could take that, what they did to him.

“They dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road.”

Eyewitness Michael Atley said there was blood all over the road.

“It’s a scene out of a horror movie, to be honest,” he said. “It’s incredible, absolutely incredible, never seen nothing like it.

“Just a bad day. A bad day for the whole of Britain.”

PM Cameron rushes back from Paris, security tightened

Security is being tightened at British military bases in the wake of the attack.

Prime minister David Cameron, who rushed back from Paris to chair an emergency national security meeting, said there were “strong indications” that the killing was “a terrorist incident.”

“The police are urgently seeking the full facts about this case but there are strong indications that it is a terrorist incident,” he said from Paris.

“People in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack.

“We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them.”

Home secretary Theresa May said in a statement: “This is a sickening and barbaric attack.”

London mayor Boris Johnson said security would be boosted at all London barracks.

“I know that Londoners have been through terrorism before and this city has a huge resilience,” he said.

“What we also have is the best, the most professional security services and the best police in the world to protect us and they are now going to get to the bottom of what’s happened.”

Police are on alert for disturbances across London, with reports that supporters of the far-right English Defence League had clashed with police in Woolwich.

Source : ABC.net
P Diddy Stars In Downton Abbey Spoof Video

P Diddy Stars In Downton Abbey Spoof Video

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Hip hop producer P Diddy has released a spoof video showing him ‘starring’ in hit TV show Downton Abbey.

The US music mogul, real name Sean Combs, had announced on his Twitter account that he was to become a regular on the popular ITV period drama.

“MY BIG NEWS: So happy to announce that Im a series regular on DOWNTON ABBEY-my favorite show+i’ll be debuting a sneak peek tonight 12am PST!,” he said.

But after a series of posts promoting his ‘appearance’ in the show, a video featuring the 43-year-old was released on the Funny or Die website.

He begins by admitting his love for the series – declaring himself an “Abbeyhead” – before insisting he had been cast as its first black cast member.

A succession of clips follow, in which he appears alongside some the show’s main characters – while employing language unlikely to have featured previously in the period drama.

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Diddy in more familiar surroundings, at a 2001 hip hop summit

Having introduced himself as Lord Wolcott, the new owner of Downton Abbey, he assures footman Thomas Barrow: “You keepin’ these hoes in check right here.”

Another clip shows him attempting to coax the Dowager Countess and Isobel Crawley to kiss each other, telling them: “I want you to use your tongues.”

After initial bemusement at Diddy’s claim he had joined the Downton cast, the show’s makers, Carnival, welcomed the producer’s humourous skit.

A spokesperson said, in a statement issued to Sky News: “P Diddy has done a brilliant job with this skit and we are thrilled that he is such a fan of the show.

“We would certainly welcome him to visit Downton Abbey in the future. Lord Wolcott may meet the Dowager yet.”

Actor Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the part of Downton’s Cora, Countess of Grantham, also said she would be happy to see Diddy join the show’s cast.

“Cora looks forward to welcoming him as a potential future son-in-law with open arms and possibly more,” she said.

Source : Sky.com
New 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo unveiled

New 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo unveiled

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New 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo unveiled

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By  @ The Daily Telegraph

The new Porsche 911 Turbo has been revealed; it gets a twin-turbocharged engine, four-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering, and costs from £118,349.

Technical highlights of the new 911 Turbo include a new 3.8-litre flat-six petrol engine with two turbochargers that’s more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient, than its predecessor’s. In standard form it develops 514bhp, while the Turbo S version gets 552bhp.

Drive is via a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, and there’s a newly-developed four-wheel-drive system that features an electronically controlled and activated multi-plate clutch.

A start/stop system is standard. EU Combined fuel consumption for both models is 29.1mpg, an improvement of up to 16 per cent. Porsche quotes a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds for the 911 Turbo with optional Sport Chrono Package Plus, and 3.1 seconds for the Turbo S. Top speed is 197mph.

At speeds up to 31mph the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction to improve responsiveness and aid parking. Above 50mph the rear wheels turn parallel to the front wheels to improve high-speed stability.

As with its predecessors, the new 911 Turbo has wider rear bodywork than lesser 911 models – in this case its overall width is 28mm wider than that of the Carrera 4. Other distinguishing features are two-tone 20in alloy wheels and bespoke bumpers.

An “active aerodynamic system” makes its debut on the 911 Turbo. It consists of retractable three-stage spoilers at the front and rear of the car, allowing the aerodynamics to be biased towards either efficiency or downforce.

The new Porsche 911 Turbo is available to order now. It costs £118,349 for the standard model and £140,852 for the Turbo S. First customer deliveries will be in September.

Beyonce dazzles at London’s O2

Beyonce dazzles at London’s O2

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Beyonce dazzles at London’s O2

To her fans she is Beyonce and according to her tour title she is Mrs Carter, but whatever name she uses the former Destiny’s Child star never fails to dazzle.

By Rosa Silverman

Monday night’s show at London’s O2 arena was no exception, with the Crazy in Love singer mesmerizing the crowds with her showstopping outfits and polished choreography.

Performing her Mrs Carter show in the capital for the first night, she took to the stage in a series of racy costumes that made no attempt to hide her famous curves.

Pictures of the gig were quick to appear on Twitter, despite the photo ban that the singer has imposed on audience members at her concerts.

The Mrs Carter Show World Tour began in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, on April 15.

Its title is a reference to Beyoncé’s marriage to Jay-Z, the rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter.

 

She is performing a total of 11 concerts in the UK this month and next, before returning for one more show at Twickenham Stadium on June 1.

She announced the tour, her fourth solo one, after performing at the Super Bowl half-time show earlier this year in the US.

Her UK dates come two years after her performance at the Glastonbury music festival, which Jay Z has also played.

The show was the first of four dates in London and she plays the same venue tonight, Wednesday and Friday.

Following her Superbowl performance in February, Beyonce’s publicist asked news websites to remove photos of her on stage that were deemed “unflattering”.

House prices in London are rising by £90 a day but flat or falling in EVERY OTHER major UK city

House prices in London are rising by £90 a day but flat or falling in EVERY OTHER major UK city

London Living 

  • The report from the Land Registry highlights the gulf between London and the rest of the UK
  • In the capital, the average house price has increased by 9.6 per cent
  • Of properties sold over £1m in England and Wales, two-thirds are in London
  • In regional cities such as Birmingham and Liverpool prices have fallen

By BECKY BARROW @ The Daily Mail UK

House prices in London are rising by £90 a day but flat or falling in every other major city in the UK, a report from the Land Registry revealed today. I wrote a bit more on why at http://the-silencer.com/ if you’re interested.

The report highlights the gulf between the capital’s property market, where prices have reached an all-time high, and the rest of the UK, where they are falling by up to 16.5 per cent a year.

In London, the average home now costs £374,568, having soared by 9.6 per cent over the last year, according to the Land Registry.

House prices in London are rising by £90 a day - where prices have reached an all-time high - but are flat or falling in every other major city in the UKAll-time high: House prices in London are rising by £90 a day but are flat or falling in every other major city in the UK

This is equal to around £90 every single day, including weekends.

In the most exclusive corner of London – the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – the average property costs £1.1million, up by an eye-watering £120,000 over the last year.

 

Of all the properties sold for more than £1million in England and Wales, around two-thirds are in London.

Around 13 homes every day change hands for more than £1million in the capital, according to the Land Registry, which excludes Scotland.

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But the rest of the country tells a very different story, fuelling an unprecedented property apartheid between the capital and the rest of the country.

The Land Registry figures show prices have dropped over the last year in the vast majority of urban areas.

Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Bury, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport, Wakefield, Wigan and Wolverhampton are all on the casualty list.

For example, house prices in Liverpool have fallen four per cent since last March.

The average home used to be worth £93,514 but it has dropped to just £89,974, a fall of £3,720 or £10 a day.

Overall, the Land Registry said the average house price in England and Wales is £161,793, up 0.1 per cent in March and up 0.9 per cent over the last year.

Outside London, prices are rising in some of the more expensive areas such as Surrey and Windsor and Maidenhead, but falling 16.5 per cent in Middlesbrough.

Peter Rollings, chief executive of the estate agency Marsh & Parsons, said: ‘House price growth in London continues to surge ahead of the rest of the country with the capital continuing to operate in another realm.’

Giles Hannah, managing director of the upmarket estate agency VanHan, said: ‘There is no getting away from the fact that national average indices conceal significant regional differences.

‘London is undoubtedly the big success story and is doing a good job of pulling up the national average.

Casualty list: House prices in Liverpool (pictured) have fallen by four per cent since last March, a fall of £10 a dayCasualty list: House prices in Liverpool (pictured) have fallen by four per cent since last March, a fall of £10 a day while in Manchester housing prices fell by £9.05 a day

‘Its residential sales market remains robust with prices continuing to rise. International buyers, particularly from Asia, are fuelling demand for best in-class properties and are snapping up properties at 10 to 14 per cent discounts as a result of the weakness of sterling compared with their own currencies.’

The majority of people who bought ‘super-prime’ homes in the countryside last year were foreigners, the first time that British buyers have become a minority.

The research, by Knight Frank, looked at the nationality of people who bought country homes for £5million or more last year from the upmarket estate agency In 2010 and 2011, foreigners accounted for around 40 per cent of buyers.

Last year, it tipped over the 50 per cent mark for the first time to reach 55 per cent.

Around one in four buyers came from Russia and its former republics, such as Armenia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

HOW THE GULF WIDENS BETWEEN THE CAPITAL’S PROPERTY MARKET AND THE REST OF THE UK

 

March 2012 March 2013 Daily equivalent
London £341,759 £374,568 +£89.89
Birmingham £112,832 £111,035 -£4.90
Leeds £126,205 £123,658 -£6.97
Liverpool £93,514 £89,974 -£10.19
Manchester £95,341 £92,036 -£9.05
Sheffield £114,531 £114,121 -£1.12

Source: Land Registry

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