A man has been killed in a machete attack and his two assailants shot by police in Woolwich, south-east London.
The government is reported to be treating the assault as a suspected terrorist incident and the prime minister said it was “truly shocking”.
Home Secretary Theresa May has summoned a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee Cobra.
Both suspects in the attack have been apprehended, and are being treated at separate London hospitals for their injuries. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the unidentified victim.
15:26 // 6 months ago
The White House on Wednesday released almost 100 pages of internal emails regarding the talking points that Ambassador Susan Rice and other officials used on Sunday shows following the deadly Benghazi, Libya attack on September 11, 2012.
You can read ‘em here. Meanwhile, the President is going to give a statement on the IRS scandal in 20 minutes.
17:50 // 6 months ago
As Islamists increasingly fill the ranks of Syrian rebels, President Bashar al-Assad is waging an energized campaign to persuade the United States that it is on the wrong side of the war
"If the Syrian regime falls, al Qaeda wins." That’s what Bashar al-Assad wants US officials to believe: By playing off US fears of Islamic terrorism, he’s hoping America will shift its support from the Syrian rebels to the incumbent regime, or at least withhold providing any more material support for the rebels. Because at least one rebel faction is allied with al Qaeda, it’s not an altogether crazy strategy. The regime is reportedly relying on Khaled Mahjoub, a Syrian-American businessman, to relay this message to US officials. “We are partners in fighting terrorism,” said Wael Nader al-Halqi, Syria’s prime minister.
14:32 // 7 months ago
Here’s the full Department of Justice complaint with details on the charges being filed against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains hospitalised at this time.
14:44 // 7 months ago
So Paul Kevin Curtis, the suspect in the ricin mailing incidents (one to a Sen. Roger Wicker; one to President Obama), fancies himself a musician in that sort of broken, home-spun way you might remember from such films as “The Foot Fist Way.” I know what you’re thinking: “SFB, Danny McBride didn’t sing in ‘The Foot Fist Way!’” Well, as it turns out, this guy is also a master of martial arts, based on his Twitter profile pic. (Also, he sort of made it obvious it was probably the same person, using the same phrasing on social media as he did in the tainted letters he sent.) Above is a video of him singing the Prince classic “Little Red Corvette” to a room of terrified students. (ht Dave Weigel)
12:25 // 7 months ago