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FBI to help investigate U.S. citizen blogger killing in Bangladesh

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will help investigate the case of an Amer…

  • Police in Turkey as search goes on
    Police in Turkey as search goes on Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Metropolitan Police officers are in Turkey as the search continues for three missing schoolgirls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State. More »

  • Police Assessing Al Shabaab UK Mall Threats
    Police Assessing Al Shabaab UK Mall Threats Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Islamist militants have released a video in which they appear to call for terrorist attacks on some of the busiest shopping areas in the UK and US. In the footage, fighters from the al Shabaab group specifically mention Oxford Street, and give GPS coordinates for the Westfield shopping centres in Stratford and Shepherd's Bush. US authorities have said they are taking the threats seriously, while the Metropolitan Police told Sky News its Counter Terrorism Command is aware of the video and is assessing the content. Several US shopping malls were also threatened in the video, which was released on Saturday. More »

  • Race To Find Girls Feared To Be On Way To Syria
    Race To Find Girls Feared To Be On Way To Syria Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Three schoolgirls are feared to have run away from east London with plans to travel to Syria and join Islamic State. Instead they met and travelled to Gatwick airport before boarding a Turkish Airlines flight, which landed at Istanbul that evening. The three - Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and a third female aged 15 who is not being named at the request of her family - are pupils at Bethnal Green Academy and have been described as "straight-A students". Metropolitan Police Commander Richard Walton said he was "extremely concerned" for their safety. More »

  • Race Row Chelsea Fans May Face Match Ban
    Race Row Chelsea Fans May Face Match Ban Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Police are investigating whether any of the Chelsea fans who were filmed stopping a black man getting on a train in Paris can be banned from football. The club has condemned the supporters' behaviour as "abhorrent" and says it will support any criminal action against them. They are believed to have been travelling to the Parc des Princes stadium for a Champions League game against Paris Saint Germain, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Metropolitan Police said it was aware of the incident and was working with the French authorities. More »

  • Paris prosecutors probe 'racist' Chelsea fans Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - The Paris prosecutor's office has started an investigation to find the Chelsea fans responsible for chanting "we're racist and that's the way we like it" as they stopped a black man boarding a Paris train on Tuesday. The incident was captured on video by another passenger on the platform at the Richelieu-Drouot metro station before Chelsea played Paris St Germain in a Champions League match at the Parc des Princes in the French capital. Police said no arrests were made in relation to the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but amateur footage posted on The Guardian newspaper website (www.theguardian.com) clearly showed the incident which has been widely condemned by the soccer authorities including FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Chelsea. The Metropolitan Police in London have appealed for anyone with information to come forward and said in a statement that they "took offences of this nature seriously no matter where they occur." The statement added: "We will examine the footage with a view to seeing if we can apply for football banning orders, preventing people from travelling to future matches." With the Paris prosecutor's office opening a case, both the French and British police forces said they would cooperate in identifying those involved. More »

  • Road Rage Manhunt After Mother Of Four Dies
    Road Rage Manhunt After Mother Of Four Dies Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Las Vegas police are looking for a man suspected of shooting a woman to death after an alleged road rage incident. Tammy Meyers, a 44-year-old mother of four, died at the weekend from a gunshot wound. Ms Meyers was at the wheel after giving her daughter a driving lesson at a school parking lot when she had a near-collision with another vehicle, said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in a news release. When Ms Meyers and her daughter returned home, they summoned help from a family member armed with a handgun as her car was apparently followed, police said. More »

  • CCTV Shows 'Sickening' Attack On 92-Year-Old
    CCTV Shows 'Sickening' Attack On 92-Year-Old Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    The victim was followed through the door at the block of flats in Soho, central London, where he lives alone, and attacked in a communal entrance area. The Metropolitan Police have released CCTV footage of the "sickening" attack, which shows the robber taking the wallet and leaving the pensioner on the floor. Detective Sergeant Gemma Alger of the Westminster Serious Crime Unit said: "This is a totally unprovoked, callous and sickening assault on a defenceless pensioner. More »

  • Al Fayed Rape Allegation To Be 'Reassessed'
    Al Fayed Rape Allegation To Be 'Reassessed' Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    A rape allegation made against Mohamed al Fayed is being reassessed after "new information" about the case emerged. The claims were first reported to the Metropolitan Police in October 2013. Following an investigation by officers at the time, no further action was taken against the businessman, who is the former owner of Harrods. Mr al Fayed, who strongly denies the allegation, has expressed his "dismay" at the decision. More »

  • Britain to review high cost of Assange policing operation
    Britain to review high cost of Assange policing operation Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The cost of keeping watch on Julian Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, is proving a drain on police resources and the operation is under review, London's police chief said on Tuesday. The WikiLeaks founder sought refuge in the embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault, which he denies. He faces arrest for breaching British bail conditions if he leaves the embassy, which is in the upmarket central London neighbourhood of Knightsbridge. London's Metropolitan Police have been standing guard outside the embassy around the clock to prevent him from fleeing, at an estimated cost of about 10 million pounds ($15 million) since the operation began. More »

  • Assange Security 'Sucking' Police Resources
    Assange Security 'Sucking' Police Resources Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The UK's most senior police chief says he is reviewing the operation to guard WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because it is "sucking" their resources. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last week revealed the cost of the surveillance operation outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London had reached around £10m. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told LBC radio: "We are reviewing the way forward there. Police officers guarding the building in Knightsbridge are under orders to arrest him if he leaves. More »

  • Man Questioned By Police Over Sex Claims
    Man Questioned By Police Over Sex Claims Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    He was questioned under caution by officers from Operation Yewtree - the investigation looking at claims of historical abuse in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. Scotland Yard said he was interviewed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week at a police station in Stafford, Staffordshire. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man arrested has already been questioned under Operation Yewtree. Five celebrities have been convicted for sex crimes under Operation Yewtree. More »

  • Islamic State video of Goto killing appears genuine - Japan government Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    TOKYO (Reuters) - A video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants appears genuine, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said on Sunday. Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department reported to a meeting of ministers from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government that the video "has a high degree of credibility," Nakatani told reporters. (Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; Writing by William Mallard) More »

  • Met Riot Police Could Get Firearms Training
    Met Riot Police Could Get Firearms Training Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Metropolitan Police is considering training public order officers to use firearms to create a "reserve capability" to cope with terrorist attacks. Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed the force is examining options to create additional firearms capacity in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and the increased terror threat in the UK. The recent attacks by gunmen in Paris, which claimed 17 lives, have increased concern in the UK about the potential for a similar attack this side of the Channel. The Territorial Support Group (TSG) provide uniformed support across London. More »

  • Police "Already Aware" Of Secret File Content
    Police "Already Aware" Of Secret File Content Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    A secret Government file has been opened up to police officers but is not currently forming part of their inquiries into historical child abuse. The file was unearthed at the National Archives by a university lecturer and highlighted by Sky News earlier this week . It was prepared for then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher but is still closed on grounds of national security and held by the Cabinet Office. A Met Police spokeswoman told Sky News: "(We) can confirm we have now had sight of the file, the majority of which we were already aware of in terms of content. More »

  • Police Still Probing Leon Brittan Rape Claim
    Police Still Probing Leon Brittan Rape Claim Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Scotland Yard says it will continue to investigate allegations former Home Secretary Leon Brittan raped a woman in 1967, despite his death. The Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed that a review of the case "remains ongoing". It follows allegations by a woman that she was raped at a flat in London. The woman was over the age of 18 at the time of the alleged attack, police said. More »

  • Briton who faked own death in Syria admits terrorism offences Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    A Briton who fought with an Islamist group in Syria and then faked his own death in the hope of being able to return home undetected has admitted to terrorism offences in a London court. Imran Khawaja, 27, of Southall, west London, travelled to a training camp in Syria in January last year and joined Rayat al Tawheed, which became aligned with Islamic State, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "Khawaja was seen in a disturbing video posted on social media which includes a bag of severed heads," the statement said. "He appears in the footage with his face covered picking up one of the heads from the bag and showing it to the camera." In May 2014, the group put out a message on social media claiming that he had been killed, alongside an image of two masked men holding a flag associated with Islamic State. More »

  • Protection Of Police And Jews In UK Reviewed
    Protection Of Police And Jews In UK Reviewed Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Police are reviewing how to strengthen protection of their officers and Jewish communities in the wake of the Paris attacks. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley - Britain's most senior anti-terror officer - revealed chief constables around the country are looking again at how to prevent attacks against those seen as targets for Islamic extremists. He said there is currently "heightened concern" over the threat to Jewish communities and the "deliberate targeting" of police officers in recent terrorist attacks. This comes as authorities thwarted an "unprecedented" number of terrorist attacks in the UK over recent months, he revealed. More »

  • MP fury over 'concocted' rape claim
    MP fury over 'concocted' rape claim Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Tory MP Mark Pritchard has called for a review on anonymity in rape cases after a "vindictive and outrageous" allegation against him was dropped by Metropolitan Police due to insufficient evidence. More »

  • Met Reveals Wish List Of Most Wanted Criminals
    Met Reveals Wish List Of Most Wanted Criminals Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The Metropolitan Police has released pictures of the 12 most wanted crime suspects in London, with the force vowing to continue to hunt for them over Christmas. More »

  • MP Eric Joyce charged with assault
    MP Eric Joyce charged with assault Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    MP Eric Joyce has been charged with two counts of common assault and one count of criminal damage, the Metropolitan Police has said. More »

  • British police arrest 76 at London Eric Garner 'die-in' protest Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Thursday they had arrested 76 people at a protest about the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man killed in New York in a police chokehold, after demonstrators attacked a shopping centre in west London. London's Metropolitan Police said a small group had broken away from the main protest, a "die-in for Eric Garner" on Wednesday night, and tried to break into the Westfield shopping centre, one of Europe's largest inner city malls. They clashed with security staff and damaged property, leading to 76 arrests for public disorder offences. ... More »

  • New Scotland Yard, storied London police HQ, sold to Abu Dhabi
    New Scotland Yard, storied London police HQ, sold to Abu Dhabi Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn and Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London's storied police force and one of the British capital's most famous landmarks, has been sold to an Abu Dhabi investor, paving the way for its macabre but private museum to open to the public elsewhere. The 20-storey block in central London is famous around the globe as the home of the Metropolitan Police Service and for the rotating triangular sign in front of it nicknamed "the revolving cheese" by local wits. ... More »

  • London police's Scotland Yard HQ sold to UAE group
    London police's Scotland Yard HQ sold to UAE group Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London's Metropolitan Police, has been sold to investors from the United Arab Emirates, London Mayor Boris Johnson announced Tuesday. More »

  • Met Police HQ sold off for £370m
    Met Police HQ sold off for £370m Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The headquarters of the Metropolitan Police has been sold for £370million to a multi-billion dollar alternative investment company based in Abu Dhabi. More »

  • Japanese woman arrested again over genitals art work Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo police on Wednesday arrested a Japanese artist for displaying figurines modelled on her vagina and distributing digital data used to build a yellow kayak based on her genitals. The owner of an adult goods store where Megumi Igarashi, 42, who works under the alias Rokudenashiko, displayed her works, was also arrested on obscenity charges, police said. "They showed obscene figurines in a glass case so that people coming to the shop could see it," said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department who declined to give his full name. "This is a new factor," he said. ... More »

  • Seven Met Police Officers Arrested After Brawl
    Seven Met Police Officers Arrested After Brawl Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Seven Metropolitan Police officers have been arrested while on holiday in Lithuania following a stag party brawl. More »

  • Growing UK concern about 'lone wolf' terrorist attacks - top police … Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Law enforcement authorities in Britain are increasingly worried about the risk of a "lone wolf"-style militant attack and have foiled four or five plots this year, London's top police officer said on Sunday. The assertion, by Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, comes on the eve of a terrorism awareness campaign and as the government prepares to introduce a law that would make it easier for the police to identify who is using a computer or a mobile phone at any given time. ... More »

  • UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year
    UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    The head of London's police force said Sunday that as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat. Metropolitan Police Commissioner ... More »

  • DC service set 20 years after shooting rampage Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A memorial service is being held for two FBI agents and a District of Columbia police sergeant shot and killed 20 years ago inside the Metropolitan Police Department's headquarters. More »

  • Part of British parliament evacuated due to suspicious package - police
    Part of British parliament evacuated due to suspicious package - police Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The part of the British parliament housing the offices of many lawmakers was briefly evacuated on Monday due to a suspicious package before staff were allowed to re-enter the building. A spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said Portcullis House, an office building opposite the Houses of Parliament and above Westminster underground station, was evacuated while police investigated. Police on the scene said the station had also been closed, and police motorbikes could be seen blocking cars and members of the public from entering the road. ... More »

  • UK police open murder inquiry in child sex abuse investigation
    UK police open murder inquiry in child sex abuse investigation Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Police looking into accusations that powerful figures at the heart of the British establishment were involved in child sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s said on Friday they were now investigating murder allegations. London detectives launched an inquiry two years ago into allegations about paedophile rings involving politicians, officials and other senior public figures. "Our inquiries into this, over subsequent weeks, have revealed further information regarding possible homicide," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. ... More »

  • Britain puts armed soldiers at London tourist attraction after Canada attac … Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Armed soldiers have been deployed at a top tourist attraction in the heart of London's government district as a precautionary measure after an Islamist gunman attacked the Canadian parliament last week, a military source said on Tuesday. The source told Reuters that the decision to deploy the troops at the entrance to Horse Guards Parade in London's Whitehall was not motivated by a specific threat but was designed to be a visible deterrent. Large throngs of tourists gather each day at Horse Guards, a short distance from Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence, to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard. London's Metropolitan Police force was responsible for security on the streets of the British capital and armed soldiers had only deployed at the tourist attraction because it was also a military barracks, the source said. More »

  • Five Brits Join Islamic State A Week Warns Met Chief
    Five Brits Join Islamic State A Week Warns Met Chief Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner has warned that every week at least five British citizens travel to Syria and Iraq in order to fight for Islamic State (IS). More »

  • Breaking News: Scotland Yard Says 3 Men Arrested in London on Suspicion of Terror …
    Breaking News: Scotland Yard Says 3 Men Arrested in London on Suspicion of Terror … Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that a further three men have been arrested in London today in connection with possible terror offences. More »

  • Alice Gross: Cop Says Investigation 'Colossal'
    Alice Gross: Cop Says Investigation 'Colossal' Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Metropolitan Police's Deputy Commissioner has defended the amount of time it took to find the body of murdered teenager Alice Gross, saying it was a "colossal" investigation. More »