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Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria

Assad: Turkey Helping IS Fighters Enter Syria

Jihadists who travel to Syria to join Islamic State are being "logistically and militarily" supported by Turkey on a daily ba…

  • Police watchdog to investigate more claims of child abuse cover-ups Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Britain's police watchdog said on Friday it was investigating an allegation a senior Scotland Yard figure ordered officers to drop an inquiry into child sex abuse which involved Members of Parliament, judges, media figures, actors and clergy. The allegation is one of three new claims being examined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which earlier this month revealed it would look into 14 cases where police were accused of suppressing evidence and halting paedophile inquiries because they involved MPs and police officers. "Two months later an officer was called in by a senior MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) officer and told to drop the case," the IPCC said in a statement. The other two new allegations both related to police action during another abuse inquiry during the 1980s. More »

  • Father of slain U.S. blogger says no progress in Bangladesh probe Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The father of a U.S. blogger who was hacked to death by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh complained on Thursday about the lack of a breakthrough in the month since the killing. Bangladeshi-born Avijit Roy was murdered on Feb. 26 outside a book fair in the capital Dhaka. His father Ajoy Roy, who met police earlier this week, told reporters on Thursday that "apparently no progress has been achieved". Media group Reporters Without Borders rated Bangladesh 146th among 180 countries in a ranking of press freedom last year. More »

  • Paris Metro Chelsea Fans Fight Banning Orders
    Paris Metro Chelsea Fans Fight Banning Orders Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Five Chelsea fans suspected of involvement in a black man being prevented from boarding a Paris train will fight bids to impose football banning orders, a court has heard. The five men the Metropolitan Police want football banning orders imposed on for their alleged roles in the incident attended Waltham Forest Magistrates' Court in north east London for a preliminary hearing. More »

  • Armed Officers Cleared Over Mark Duggan Death
    Armed Officers Cleared Over Mark Duggan Death Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The armed officers were cleared by the police watchdog - the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) - following a three-and-a-half year investigation. It found a lack of audio or video material made it impossible to know with certainty exactly what happened when Mark Duggan died in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011. Violence and looting broke out across London, Birmingham, Manchester and other cities after 29-year-old Mr Duggan was shot. The shooting happened after Metropolitan Police firearms officers brought the mini-cab in which he was travelling to a halt. More »

  • London police arrest six after synagogue attack Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    British police arrested four men and two women after they tried to force their way into a synagogue in Stamford Hill in north London in the early hours of Sunday morning. "The incident is being treated as an anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks made by one of the group," London's Metropolitan police said in a statement. Stamford Hill is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities in Europe, with about 30,000 Hasidic Jews living in the area. More »

  • Missing Girl At Centre Of Police Search Found
    Missing Girl At Centre Of Police Search Found Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    A young girl who went missing from her Sussex home, prompting a police appeal, has been found. Jasmine Coleman, 12, had last been seen in her bedroom at her home in Lancing, West Sussex, around 11.30pm, possibly talking to someone on FaceTime. A Sussex Police spokesman said that she was found in the Croydon area on Saturday afternoon. There have been no arrests but police said Jasmine was talking with officers from the Metropolitan Police and had not yet been reunited with her parents. More »

  • London's police make crime pay with grim exhibition Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    By Jonathan Cable LONDON (Reuters) - Visitors to Britain's capital with a penchant for the macabre will have something new to investigate when the Metropolitan Police displays objects from some of its most notorious crimes at the Museum of London. Items on show include gloves used by serial killer John George Haigh, dubbed the "acid bath murderer" for dissolving his victims' bodies in sulphuric acid, as well as masks worn by the Stratton brothers. Alfred and Albert Stratton were the first people in Britain to be convicted of murder using fingerprint evidence. They were executed in 1905 and the exhibition also features a selection of ropes used for hangings. More »

  • Met Police To Show Macabre Museum Exhibits
    Met Police To Show Macabre Museum Exhibits Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    A syringe of poison the Kray twins planned to use to intimidate a witness and three gallstones found in the drain of an acid bath murderer will be seen by the public for the first time when the Met Police's crime artefacts are put on display. The Black Museum in room 101 of Scotland Yard, the headquarters of London's Metropolitan Police, has until now only been open to officers and invited guests, including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and illusionist Harry Houdini. But, from October, around 500 items from the collection of 20,000 macabre objects will be moved to the Museum of London. More »

  • Syria-Bound UK Teenagers Released On Bail
    Syria-Bound UK Teenagers Released On Bail Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Three British teenagers suspected of attempting to join Islamic State have been released on bail. A man aged 19 and two 17-year-old boys, all from northwest London, were arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts after returning to the UK, police said. A Met police spokesman said: "Officers alerted the Turkish authorities who were able to intercept all three males, preventing travel to Syria. "On Saturday, March 14 the three males returned to the UK and at approximately 11.10pm were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts contrary to section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. More »

  • Watchdog to investigate UK police over child abuse failures Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The watchdog which oversees British police said it had launched an investigation into allegations London police chiefs dropped inquiries into child sex abuse claims because they involved politicians and high profile figures. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would examine allegations police suppressed evidence, hindered investigations into paedophile rings and covered up crimes because they involved lawmakers (MPs) and police officers. London's Metropolitan Police are themselves currently investigating allegations of sex crimes involving powerful establishment figures from the 1970s and 1980s, including claims that three young boys had been murdered. More »

  • UK teens suspected of trying to join Islamic State arrested
    UK teens suspected of trying to join Islamic State arrested Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Three male British teenagers suspected of planning to join Islamic State militants in Syria have been arrested by London police after being deported from Turkey, officials said. The three, who have not been named, were detained on Friday in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Turkish sources told Reuters, after a tip-off from British authorities that two of them were travelling to Turkey via Spain. London police said they had been made aware on Friday that two 17-year-old boys from the city had gone missing and were thought to be travelling to Syria. They were then flown back to Britain late on Saturday, when they were arrested "on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts", the Metropolitan Police statement said. More »

  • British Teenage Terror Suspects Back In UK
    British Teenage Terror Suspects Back In UK Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Three British teenagers are back in the UK after being detained for allegedly trying to travel to Syria to join terror group Islamic State. The group, a 19-year-old male and two boys aged 17, are being held at a central London police station after being arrested on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, said Scotland Yard. The detainees have not been named, but Sky sources in Turkey say the initials of the men are GH, MNG, and MA. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said counter-terrorism officers were alerted on Friday that two 17-year-olds from northwest London had gone missing and were believed to be travelling to Syria. Enquiries revealed they had gone with a third male, aged 19. More »

  • DJ Neil Fox Arrested Over Sex Assault Claim
    DJ Neil Fox Arrested Over Sex Assault Claim Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DJ Neil Fox has been arrested over an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman in the early 1990s. The arrest came as the Magic presenter, also known as Dr Fox, voluntarily attended a central London police station to answer bail. It is the third time Fox has been arrested by Metropolitan Police officers investigating claims of sexual assault. More »

  • Neil Fox arrested on new sex claim
    Neil Fox arrested on new sex claim Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    DJ Neil Fox has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police over an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in the early 1990s. More »

  • Seven injured in bomb attack in Bogota, Colombia Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Five police and two civilians were injured after a bomb exploded in the south of Colombia's capital Bogota on Thursday, police said, in the latest of a string of attacks in the city. The remote-controlled bomb, left on the median strip of an avenue in the south of the city of 7 million, was detonated as police officers passed by on motorcycles, an official from the Metropolitan Police said. The head of the national police force, General Rodolfo Palomino, said recently he did not rule out the possibility that urban commanders from the leftist ELN guerrillas were responsible. More »

  • Woman, 18, on terror attack charge
    Woman, 18, on terror attack charge Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    An 18-year-old woman has been charged with preparing to carry out a terrorist attack during October 2014, the Metropolitan Police have said. More »

  • Anti-Radicalisation Strategy 'Toxic' To Muslims
    Anti-Radicalisation Strategy 'Toxic' To Muslims Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    A Muslim former police chief has condemned the Government's strategy for tackling radicalisation as "toxic". Former Chief Superintendent Dal Babu has said most Muslims are suspicious of the community-led Prevent scheme, and believe it is being used to spy on them. Mr Babu, who retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2013, said the force's counter-terrorism command was "virtually all white" and there was a "lack of knowledge" around race and faith issues. He said: "There's been a lot of concern about the Prevent strategy in the Muslim community over the last few years. More »

  • Will Protesters Have To Pay To March?
    Will Protesters Have To Pay To March? Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Protests are in danger of becoming privatised, campaigners have told Sky News. Thousands of people will gather later to join the Campaign Against Climate Change's march through central London, but its organisers have told Sky News they were shocked to be told by the Met Police that they would have to pay thousands towards road closures and for private security. "We were very surprised to be told that we need to hire a private traffic management firm to close the roads for us," organiser Claire James told Sky News. The Met Police has traditionally always taken the lead when it comes to helping organisers prepare for protest marches. More »

  • Missing Girls' Families Slam Police Over Letter
    Missing Girls' Families Slam Police Over Letter Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The families of three London schoolgirls feared to have fled to Syria to become jihadi brides have accused the Metropolitan Police of failing to pass on a crucial letter. They say a letter from the force requesting to interview the girls in relation to a classmate who ran away to Syria last year should have been handed directly to the families. Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, who attended Bethnal Green Academy in east London, sparked a police hunt after they flew to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport last month. A Metropolitan Police statement said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has been engaged with staff at the girls' school since December 2014 as part of the routine inquiry by officers investigating the disappearance of their friend. More »

  • Scandal 's Ferguson-Inspired Episode Was Extraordinary Television
    Scandal 's Ferguson-Inspired Episode Was Extraordinary Television Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Scandal, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama about a professional Washington "fixer," is unique in many ways, one of which is the fact that its main character, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is African American, and her race is a nonissue. Olivia was called out by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department to help minimize the backlash (the "optics," as the chief put it) after a black 17-year-old was shot and killed by a white cop four blocks from the Capitol. More »

  • Ex-Tory MP's Home Searched In Sex Abuse Inquiry
    Ex-Tory MP's Home Searched In Sex Abuse Inquiry Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The home of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor is being examined by officers investigating claims of sex abuse against boys by establishment figures. A Met Police spokesman confirmed to Sky News that a property in Grantham was being searched by officers from Operation Midland. Operation Midland is investigating allegations that a paedophile ring of high-profile figures - including politicians, law enforcement and military officials - operated in the 1970s and 80s. Mr Proctor told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he found himself "in a very Kafka-esque fantasy situation". More »

  • FBI to help investigate U.S. citizen blogger killing in Bangladesh Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will help investigate the case of an American blogger hacked to death in Dhaka last week, a senior police official said on Tuesday. Avijit Roy, an engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was killed by machete-wielding assailants on Thursday while returning from a book fair. His wife and fellow blogger Rafida Ahmed, who lost a finger and suffered head injuries, remains in hospital. "An FBI team might come to Dhaka this week to assist in our investigations of the killing of writer and blogger Avijit Roy," said Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Monirul Islam. More »

  • Man And Girl, 4, Found Dead In Notting Hill
    Man And Girl, 4, Found Dead In Notting Hill Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A woman in her 30s has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a man and four-year-old girl, whose bodies were discovered in a west London flat. Police said they were called to an address in Colville Square, Notting Hill, on Friday evening after concerns were raised about the welfare of its occupants. The Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) is investigating the deaths, which are being treated as unexplained. More »

  • Rambo-Style Combat Knives Hidden Near School
    Rambo-Style Combat Knives Hidden Near School Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Two Rambo-style knives with blades up to 12 inches long have been recovered by police after they were allegedly hidden by two pupils in a bush near a south London school. An image of the fearsome weapons with serrated edges was posted on Twitter by Southwark Police Borough Commander John Sutherland who branded the disturbing discovery as "utter madness". And another serving Met police officer said the possession of such knives, which could be picked up as cheaply as £10, was a "worrying trend". More »

  • 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 »