Germany deporting more “potential attackers” after Berlin attack

Germany has deported 10 potential attackers since January as part of a tougher approach toward failed asylum seekers and other foreigners it deems dangerous after one of them killed 12 people at a Berlin market, security sources said on Thursday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and other top officials have been pushing for quicker deportations of those denied asylum, while working with Morocco, Tunisia and other countries to speed up the repatriation process. Tunisian Anis Amri, a supporter of Daesh, attacked a Christmas market in Berlin in December after being…

May threat to EU terror pact

Theresa May was accused last night of blackmail after she warned that the fight against crime and terrorism would be undermined if the EU refused to strike a Brexit deal with Britain. The prime minister adopted a conciliatory tone as she triggered Article 50 yesterday. However, she said that the consequences of the talks ending in failure would cause more than economic damage to both sides. “In security terms a failure to reach agreement would mean our co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened,” she wrote…

French PM to visit Algeria, Tunisia in early April

French Prime Minister Bernard Kasnov is to fly to Algeria from April 5 to 7, where he will discuss economic and industrial addresses and Tunisia where he will discuss the fight against terrorism. Kasnov said he would meet with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sallal, and he would praise the improved relations between the two countries, which had been strained in the former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s term and became “excellent” under François Hollande. Algeria’s visit will be dominated by economic and industrial issues. Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valles visited Algeria…

Airline cabin laptop ban to be implemented ‘no later than Saturday’

The UK’s cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets must be implemented by Saturday, the Department for Transport (DfT) said. It was announced on Tuesday that passengers will no longer be able to carry large electronic devices on inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban covers devices larger than a typical smartphone and means that all bigger gadgets, including Kindles and other e-readers, will have to go in the luggage holds of aircraft. A DfT spokeswoman said airlines have been told to implement the rules “over…

Armed police arrest three after swoop on address in Birmingham ‘where car used in London terror attacks was rented from’

Armed police stormed a flat above a takeaway in Birmingham last night and arrested three people A neighbour said he believed it is the home of the ‘lone wolf’ attacker who killed four in London yesterday Another source claimed that the Hyundai 4×4 he used as a weapon was rented from the same area The arrests were made in a joint operation between London’s Met Police and West Midlands Police Armed police stormed a flat above a takeaway in Birmingham last night and arrested three suspects in a raid linked…

European and African militaries to target Libya’s Mediterranean people-smugglers

European and North African nations will step up military operations to target human traffickers in a bid to stymie migration flows, according to a deal reached on Monday. The deal could see European militaries operating along the North African coast, and deep into the Libyan desert. Interior ministers from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Malta, Slovenia, Switzerland and Tunisia reached the agreement after a two-day summit in Rome. The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship was also part of the discussions aimed at putting in place a coordinated Euro-Mediterranean…

Four dead, including police officer, 20 injured in UK parliament attack

Twenty people were injured and four were reported dead in London on Wednesday after a car crashed into pedestrians near the British parliament and an assailant stabbed a policeman in what police called a terrorist incident. The knifeman was then shot by police in the shadow of Big Ben, where he had tried to force his way into a courtyard just outside the Houses of Parliament. The incident appeared to have unfolded in several locations, including on nearby Westminster Bridge where eyewitnesses said a car had crashed into pedestrians. Reuters…

UN Warns of Wide-Ranging Military Battle in Libya

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, warned of dangerous escalation across Libya emanating from the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli and events in Misrata and Benghazi. This comes as the Prime Minister of the international-supported Government of National Accord Fayiz al-Sarraj began his visit to Italy. He partook in the Euro-Moroccan meeting to reach an agreement on a deal to block Libya’s migrant smugglers. “I call for all parties to put Libya and the unity of Libya ahead…

Brussels to unveil terror victims’ memorial one year after attacks in city

A memorial to the victims of terrorism will be unveiled in Brussels on the first anniversary of the attacks that killed 32 people and injured more than 320. “Wounded but still standing in the face of the unthinkable” is the name of the memorial sculpture, a pair of stainless steel slabs bending to the sky in a gesture of hope. The Brussels-born sculptor Jean-Henri Compère said he wanted the work to evoke hope and pay tribute to public resilience in the face of the attacks. The monument is dedicated to…

Which devices will be affected by UK Government’s electronics ban?

Most smartphones won’t be affected, but Kindles and other e-readers will be banned, along with the Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro. Laptops and other large electronic devices will be banned from the cabin on flights to the UK from six countries in the Middle East and north Africa. Those larger than a typical smartphone measuring 16cm by 9.3cm by 1.5cm will now have to be checked into the plane’s hold on flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Devices including Kindles and other e-readers will be banned,…