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Confederate monuments testify to the Union's unfinished victory
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:55:13 -0400

Confederate monuments testify to the Union's unfinished victoryThe violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., is emblematic of an old American tradition of progressivism followed by racist reaction.


Trump reacts to Barcelona terror by touting (debunked) anti-Muslim war crime tale
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:32:15 -0400

Trump reacts to Barcelona terror by touting (debunked) anti-Muslim war crime talePresident Trump responded to the news of a terrorist attack in Spain by peddling a debunked legend about a general’s harsh tactics more than a century ago.


Hundreds Line Up, Dozens Ask To Be Arrested For Destroying Confederate Statue
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:24:23 -0400

Hundreds Line Up, Dozens Ask To Be Arrested For Destroying Confederate StatueFour people turned themselves in to authorities in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday to face charges for their role in toppling a Confederate monument during a protest on Monday.


Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:42:40 -0400

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debateCHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.


Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of Remains
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:12:00 -0400

Natalee Holloway's Dad Leads Investigators In New Special as Authorities Dispute Discovery of RemainsDave Holloway said he originally did not want her to go on the trip.


Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's life
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:56:28 -0400

Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's lifeAn outnumbered police officer shot dead four of the five terrorists who attacked the seaside city of Cambrils last night, saving his injured partner’s life, according to a dramatic account of the shootout. The officers were carrying out a routine check at a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils when the terrorists launched their attack, which, it was confirmed today, killed one woman. Their white Audi A3, coming from the direction of the city, ploughed through four pedestrians before smashing into the police car and overturning. The crash left one officer with a broken tibia and an injured head. According to a report in the La Vanguardia newspaper, the five men got out of the overturned vehicle, armed with knives and axes, and wearing false explosives.  The overturned car used in the attack in Cambrils Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP The hero police office shot down four of the terrorists and the fifth fled in the direction of a nearby park, stabbing a pedestrian in the face with a knife. He was gunned down by a separate police officer. The chief of Mossa, the Catalan police force, confirmed that one officer had killed the four terrrorists.  Josep Luis Trapero told reporters at a press conference: "To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest." Video footage has emerged of one of the terrorists taunting police before being shot down. A British tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". Terror in Spain: Dozens killed and injured in Barcelona and Cambrils A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambrils is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. One tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". A terrorist heads towards police armed with a knife Credit: Sky News A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambril is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Barcelona attack key articles  


One Tweet Perfectly Captures Why America Doesn't Need Confederate Statues
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:16:00 -0400

One Tweet Perfectly Captures Why America Doesn't Need Confederate StatuesA tweet about Confederate statues is resonating with hundreds of thousands of people. Jamil Smith, a Los Angeles-based writer who has contributed to The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Daily Beast, had a great response to those who believe the removal of Confederate statues will “erase” history.


KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:10:00 -0400

KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interviewAn Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin.


Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zone
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:15:49 -0400

Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zonePORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway.


'My life is over': Man who attended Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally forced to move away after being identified
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:17:41 -0400

'My life is over': Man who attended Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally forced to move away after being identifiedA man who attended the white supremacist march in Charlottesville has told how his “life is over” after being publicly identified. Jarrod Kuhn was identified as a “nazi” after an anti-fascist group posted 250 fliers around the Honeoye Falls area of New York in the aftermath of the Virginia bloodshed that left three people dead. The flier claimed Mr Kuhn is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities,” according to the Livingston County news.


Historians: Robert E. Lee and George Washington Are Not Equivalent
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:17:45 -0400

Historians: Robert E. Lee and George Washington Are Not EquivalentThe differences and similarities between Robert E. Lee and George Washington after Trump's lawyer sent an email arguing they're the same.


Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:09:18 -0400

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalatesBy Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.


For Israel, White House ties trump neo-Nazi condemnation
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:20:33 -0400

For Israel, White House ties trump neo-Nazi condemnationAn Israeli cabinet minister has said relations with US President Donald Trump take priority over condemning neo-Nazis, to justify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's muted response to events in Charlottesville. Critics have accused Netanyahu of being slow to condemn extremism and anti-Semitism at US far-right protests, having only done so in a single tweet - three days after the rally in the Virginia town that ended in bloodshed. Ayoub Kara, the communications minister and a vocal Netanyahu supporter, said in remarks published Friday in the Jerusalem Post that backing Trump was a strategic must for Israel's right-wing government.


Neo-Nazis love media attention. But ignoring them isn't an option | Bob Garfield
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:08:09 -0400

Neo-Nazis love media attention. But ignoring them isn't an option | Bob GarfieldThere is a genuine conflict of two public interests: the collateral damage of publicity versus the right to know. First there was the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where crowds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists and assorted alt-right mouthbreathers were televised chanting racist and antisemitic slogans and roughing up counter-protesters, culminating in the death of one woman. Yep, some of the finest neo-Nazis this great country has to offer.


Barcelona attack: Terror cell 'completely dismantled' amid search for man suspected of driving van
Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:40:17 -0400

Barcelona attack: Terror cell 'completely dismantled' amid search for man suspected of driving vanMoussa Oukabir confirmed shot dead in Cambrils ​Cambrils shoot out ' was like a horror movie'  Who are the victims? British boy, seven, among the missing Who are the suspects in the Spanish terror attacks? Everything we know about first attack on Spain in 13 years Spanish officials confirmed on Saturday at midday that the terror cell responsible for the attack in Barcelona and Cambrils was "completely dismantled". It is believed there is still an international manhunt for the man believed to be the driver of the van which rammed into pedestrians. A huge search was underway across Europe last night for at least one jihadist feared to be still at large after plotting the Barcelona terrorist attacks, as reports emerged that the terror cell may have planned to target the Sagrada Familia. Police and security services were hunting for the remaining members of a Moroccan-born terror cell, amid fears that they could be preparing further attacks at popular tourist areas.  The 17-year-old key suspect of the Barcelona van outrage, Moussa Oukabir, was one of five terrorists shot dead by Spanish police during an attack on the coastal resort of Cambrils in the early hours of yesterday, authorities confirmed last night.  Cambrils suspect taunts police before being shot 00:26 They also named Said Aalla, 18 and Mohamed Hychami, 24 as among those shot dead. Four other suspects were taken into custody. But police were last night continuing to appeal for information on Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22. A French security official said last night that Spanish police were looking for a Renault Kangoo van rented on Thursday in Spain by the suspects that may have crossed into France. Security officials believe the attacks on Barcelona and Cambrils were the work of a terror cell of at least 12 people, who may have been inspired by the London Bridge outrage in June. On Thursday afternoon, Oukabir and his associates drove a van along Barcelona’s crowded Las Ramblas thoroughfare, ploughing into tourists leaving 13 dead and more than 100 injured. Moussa Oukabir, 18, is being hunted as the suspected van driver Among those thought to have been killed was a seven-year-old British boy, who had been visiting Barcelona for a family wedding. Julian Cadman, who was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, but later moved to Australia, had been strolling along Las Ramblas with his mother, Jumarie, when they were both mown down. Mrs Cadman was last night understood to be still in hospital in an induced coma, unaware that her son was missing, feared dead. Her husband, Andrew Cadman, who had been unable to attend the Catalonian wedding and had stayed at home in Sydney, boarded a flight to Barcelona and was due to land late last night. Among the other victims was an Italian tourist, Luca Rosso, who was hit as he walked through the streets with his fiancée. Another Italian, Bruno Gulotta, 35, a father of two, was also killed in front of his wife and children. After carrying out the attack, Oukabir is believed to have fled on foot, before hijacking a Ford Focus car, stabbing the driver, and jumping a checkpoint, in order to make his escape. It is then believed he travelled to the coastal resort of Cambrils, where he met up with four fellow jihadists. Driving an Audi A3, they travelled at speed along the town’s promenade but crashed and flipped the car. Barcelona terror attack The jihadists then got out of the vehicle and started to attack the terrified onlookers with knives and axes. All of the jihadists were shot dead by police who were on the scene as part of a heightened security operation following the Barcelona attack. Despite his role as ringleader in the attacks it was not thought that Oukabir had been known previously to the security services. But social media accounts reputed to be linked to him contained a series of Islamist comments. In one post, when asked what he would do on his first day as absolute ruler of the world, Moussa replied: “Kill all infidels and only allow Muslims to continue the religion.” His older brother, Driss, 28, was among four men in custody, who were being held on suspicion of involvement in the atrocities.  Police officers by the upturned car used to target civilians in a second terrorist attack in Cambrils early on Friday Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP A huge explosion at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, in which one man died, was connected with the attacks. Police who searched the remains of the property discovered a large number of gas canisters which they believe were intended to be packed into a vehicle and driven into crowds. Police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said they were planning “a much bigger atrocity” than the one that took place. Yesterday, Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, King Felipe VI and Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia – where both attacks took place – held a minute of silence in Barcelona. It was followed by the crowd shouting “not afraid”. Mapped: Barcelona van attack 3:11PM Spain's Princess Letizia greets injured She greeted the child in the hospital del Mar, in Barcelona, Spain Credit:  SPANISH ROYAL HOUSEHOLD Credit:  Spanish Royal Palace, Pool Photo via AP   2:49PM People pay their respects at a memorial tribute People pay their respect at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims on Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas promenade on the Joan Miro mosaic Credit: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti   2:28PM No news about Julian Cadman A tweet from the local police: There are many who ask for specific information about the Australian child. Communicative priority over victims is to family members— Mossos (@mossos) August 19, 2017   1:27PM More pictures of King Felipe and the Princess visiting injured Credit: Spanish Royal Palace, Pool Photo via AP Credit:  REUTERS Credit: Spanish Royal Palace, Pool Photo via AP       12:46PM Spain's King Felipe and Princess Letizia visit injured and staff in hospital Credit: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez The pair arrive to the Mar de Barcelona hospital to visit the victims of the terrorist attacks in Barcelona Credit: EPA/SERGIO BARRENECHEA       12:05PM Terror cell 'completely dismantled' The Spanish Interior Minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has just announced that the cell is "totally dismantled". ÚLTIMA HORA | Zoido: "La célula ha quedado totalmente desarticulada en Barcelona" https://t.co/b9vWxLzc2ypic.twitter.com/PFRzjLJbaV— EL PAÍS (@el_pais) August 19, 2017 Mr Zoido did not clarify the status of the remaining fugitive suspect, but said that with the most recent detentions and identifications of those killed, "yes we can say that the cell is dismantled". 11:53AM CCTV footage shows Las Ramblas panic CCTV footage shows white van speeding past museum in Las Ramblas 00:52   11:49AM Terrorists were 'squatting in bank-owned building' James Rothwell reports Alfons Montserrat, the mayor of Alcanar told the Telegraph he believes the terrorists using a house as a bomb factory in his town were squatters.  "The house was owned by a bank and we don't know what was being done there. We think [the terrorists] were squatting there," he said.  "No one ever saw them doing anything suspicious enough to report them. And I had no advice about them from the municipal authorities." Two police officers armed with assault rifles were posted at the road leading to the house on Saturday. The road is still cordoned off.  Just a hundred yards away from the house, holidaymakers were sunbathing on the beach as life in the resort town returned to normal. Police have carried out controlled explosions to remove any dangerous materials at the scene. 11:29AM Inside the house of van suspect Younes Aouyaaquoub Harry Yorke reports Footage taken from outside of Younes Aouyaaquoub's by the Spanish broadcaster Antena3 shows a modest apartment with a two wooden sofas, curtains draped and the blinds drawn. It is thought he drove the van into pedestrians in Barcelona Credit: AFP/Getty Images Two round wooden tables sat in the middle of the apartment, whilst a bottle of orange juice, opened and almost empty, sat on top.  The walls were bare, save for one picture containing a mosque and a Koranic scripture trimmed in gold leaf. The appartment was raided yesterday by Spanish police, who sweeped the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom for evidence. Today, pictures of the apartment's front door showed it had been split at the hinges, after it had been rammed open during the raid. 11:24AM Imam reportedly connected to the attack thought dead in Alacnar explosion Hannah Strange reports El Pais has named the Ripoll imam whose role is being examined by police. There are reports that officers are seeking to match his DNA with the bodies found after the Alcanar explosion. Samples were one of the things they were searching for when they raided his address overnight, the paper says. 11:19AM  Moroccan relatives in Atlas mountains horrified by what their sons have done Residents of Melouiya, a village high in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, are in shock at the news two of their sons were implicated in terror attacks in Spain. A traditional tent set up on a rocky patch of ground near the rough stone house of the Oukabir family, originally intended for a wedding reception, has been turned into a funeral tent. "Joy has given way to sadness and pain," said Abderrahim, in his forties, an uncle of the Oukabir brothers. Driss Oukabir, 27, was arrested in the Spanish town of Ripoll on Thursday just hours after a van sped into crowds on the busy Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, leaving 13 people dead. Driss Oukabir, suspect linked to the attack of Barcelona  Credit: AFP/Getty Images His brother Moussa, 17, was one of five "suspected terrorists" shot dead after knocking down pedestrians in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils in a second attack in the early hours of Friday. "We are in shock, completely distraught", said the father of the two young men, Said, with tears in his eyes. With an athletic build and a baseball cap on his head, he was surrounded by family members, neighbours and friends who had come to offer their condolences. "Spanish police called Moussa's mother who is in Spain to tell her that he was dead," he told AFP shortly before the official announcement by police on Friday night. The twin terror attacks left 14 people dead and some 120 wounded. "We are simple, peaceful people. We don't know anything about radicalism or terrorism," another resident told AFP. 'A nice boy' The economy of the impoverished, mostly Berber-speaking region is based mainly on farming, herding and money sent home by family members working in Europe. Said Oukabir left to try his luck on the other side of the Mediterranean in the 1990s. With his son Driss, who was 10 at the time, he headed for the province of Girona in Catalonia. Moussa Oukabir Moussa, who would have celebrated his 18th birthday in October, was born in Ripoll, a Spanish town of around 10,000 people about 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Barcelona. The family have since lived between Spain, Melouiya and the nearby town of Aghbala. The news that the two brothers were implicated in the Spain attacks shocked relatives, who said they had no idea the two had been radicalised. "The whole region is in shock," Moussa's uncle said. "He was gentle, always smiling, he didn't smoke or drink." Said said his sons had shown no sign of radicalisation. "They lived like the young people of their age, dressed like them," their father said. "Moussa was a nice boy who didn't hurt anyone. "He was attending classes and was going to take his high school exams next year. He recently started praying... but it stopped there." He said the young man had "doubtless" been manipulated. Driss had "left school early to work honestly and earn a living", he said. "Today he is between the hands of God and the police. He is under investigation. I hope they will say he's innocent. I don't want to lose both my sons." 11:08AM The injured: numbers This tweet contains information about those injured. 50 hospitalised in #Barcelona 12 critical 24 major injuries 11 minor inj. 3 light inj. 4 in #Cambrils 1 major inj 2 minor inj 1 light inj— EmergènciesCatalunya (@emergenciescat) August 19, 2017   10:24AM Were the terrorists radicalised by a spiritual leader? Hannah Strange reports from Barcelona: El Confidencial is also reporting the hypothesis of a "spiritual or idealogical leader" who radicalised them and helped them plan the attacks over a number of months, citing sources involved in the investigation. The paper says investigators believe the cell members' lack of prior terror links  support this theory. Sources also said they had detected a number of trips by some members to France and Morocco. Among the up to 20 members of the suspected cell, there are five sets of brothers, the paper also reports. 10:21AM Hunt for 'van driver' continues Harry Yorke reports  The blinds were drawn at Younes Abouyuqoub's third floor apartment today, with no answer when his door was knocked. A neighbour, Huan, 47, said that he had seen Younes on several occasions, but that he did not live with anyone else But another woman, who refused to give her name, said that she had seen children in the apartment. She did not know if they were relatives. 9:49AM Second source claims terror cell may have planned to target historic landmark James Badcock reports: One hypothesis being considered by investigators is that the 12-strong terrorist cell planned to perpetrate three van attacks in Barcelona, mowing down as many pedestrians as possible before detonating the gas canisters inside the vehicles at emblematic locations around the city. According to the online newspaper El Español, the popular port area of the city could have been the third location, along with the Sagrada Familia basilica and La Rambla boulevard. The police have found more than 100 butane gas canisters amongst the rubble of the cell’s bomb-making safehouse in Alcanar, which they believe were to be ignited with acetone peroxide, also known as “mother of Satan” and used regularly, despite its instability, by Isil terrorists. The Sagrada Familia isto hold a special Mass on Sunday in memory of the victims of the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. 9:25AM Julian Cadman's family face agonising wait The family of Julian Cadman, 7, who is missing after the attack, are facing an agonising wait for news of their boy. His father, Andrew, who found out over the radio while at work that his son was missing and wife badly injured in the attack, boarded a plane and took the long journey from Sydney to Barcelona to hunt for his son. Missing Julian However, there is still no news. On Saturday morning, relative Debbie Cadman wrote on Facebook: "Morning everyone. First of all thank you to all who got involved yesterday in trying to track down my young cousin Julian. Your many good wishes were of great strength and comfort. Unfortunately we as a family have no news to bring you. Will let you all know if there's any updates. Trying to stay positive but it's far from easy. Hopefully he's being looked after by some kind people somewhere safe and sound. With heartfelt thanks" 9:16AM Reports the terrorists wanted to blow up the Sagrada Familia Hannah Strange reports from Barcelona El Confidencial cited sources in the investigation as saying the famous landmark was a target in the cell's original plans, which police believed involved explosives found in a house in Alcanar, 120 miles to the south of Barcelona.  Those plans are believed to have been called off after a blast in the house in the early hours of Thursday morning - at first suspected to be caused by a gas leak - which destroyed much of their materials. Barcelona Sagrada Familia Credit:  GlobalVision Communication / GlobalFlyCam A spokesperson for the Mossos d'Escuadra, the Catalan police force, told The Telegraph that they could not confirm the potential targets at this stage. It was clear that the group had been planning a "large scale" attack using explosives in Barcelona but police could not say whether this was on one target or multiple points, consecutively or simultaneously, they explained. The police force put out an alert on Saturday morning advising that residents of Alcanar were about to hear several controlled explosions. 8:54AM Spanish police are investigating Barcelona attackers' bomb factory From James Rothwell in Alcanar Spanish police are to carry out a series of controlled explosions at the site of the Barcelona attackers' bomb factory in the seaside resort of Alcanar on Saturday.   The house exploded on Wednesday, when the terrorists are believed to have accidentally set off on an improvised bomb.  According to local media, the jihadist cell had been producing a crude homemade explosive known as ketone peroxide which is highly unstable and must be kept at low temperatures.  Neighbours in Alcanar speculated that the intense heat may have triggered the explosion.  It was also reported that more than 105 gas cannisters were being stored in the house.  8:41AM Hunt for "van driver"  ongoing as man still on the run Harry Yorke reports from Ripoll At least six men from the small Pyrenees town of Ripoll are thought to have been involved in the Las Ramblas and Cambrils terror attacks, it emerged last night. Three of the men, all thought to be of Moroccan origin and including chief suspect Moussa Oukabir, were said to have been killed by Spanish police during the second attack in Cambrils on Thursday night.  Mohammed Hychami, 23, who lived in the same building as Moussa Oukabir, and Said Aalla, 19, who lived in nearby Ribes de Freser, Girona, were also killed in the shootout. Meanwhile, four other men from Ripoll, including Oukabir's older brother, Driss, and Aalla's brother Mohammed, who was arrested late last night, have been detained by Mossos d'Esqaudra.  Last night Spanish media reported that 11 of the 12 man terror cell had either been killed or detained.  However, Younes Abouyaaqoub, 21, who lives a ten minute's walk from the Oukabir's family home, is still on the run.  Police now believe that Abouyaaqoub drove the white van into crowds on Las Ramblas, having previously identified Moussa Oukabir as the driver.  The son of Moroccan immigrants who moved to the town in 2006, Abouyaaqoub was described by locals in the town as "shy" and "timid", compared to the other men he kept company with.  Speaking to The Telegraph, a young woman who asked to remain anonymous said that she had gone to school with Abouyaaqoub, adding: "Younes was a shy boy, I have said this to others. I did not think he could do something like this."  Another local told the Catalonian newspaper La Vanguardia that Abouyaaqoub had associated with a group of men of Moroccan descent from varying age groups, including Hychami, who he said was two years older and more "boastful".  8:29AM Terror threat to Britain is increasing, according to the Security Minister. The Press Association reports The terror threat to Britain is increasing as Islamic State (IS) loses battles and territory in Syria and Iraq, the Security Minister has said. Ben Wallace said extremist Britons and other Europeans are either unable to get out to the region to join IS, also known as Isis, or have come home and are trying to inspire homegrown fanatics to carry out attacks. The terror group has already lost its base in Iraq, Mosul, and is facing an international coalition-backed offensive in Raqqa, Syria, which was described by former prime minister David Cameron as "the head of the snake". Mr Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think the threat is still increasing, partly driven by the fact Isis is collapsing in Syria and people are either unable to get out there to fight for Isis and so they look to do something at home, or also because people have come back and tried to inspire people with their stories and tales of the caliphate. "I think those two things mean that the threat is to some extent increasing." Mr Wallace rejected suggestions that the Government's voluntary anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent, could be made compulsory. It comes after Simon Cole, the police lead for Prevent, said there needs to be a debate about introducing an element of compulsion for certain groups, such as returnees from Syria. Responding, Mr Wallace said Prevent is under review all the time and revealed plans to release more information about its operations to boost public understanding. But the Security Minister went on: "I'm not sure at the moment that compulsion is the right thing to do, I think the first thing to do is get everyone on board with it. "That includes people like the NUT and all these people that have campaigned against it. "There's no ifs and buts nowadays, if we're going to stop these people who use everyday items such as vehicles and kitchen knives to murder people on our streets, we are going to have to all engage together with Prevent and we are having real success when we do that." He added: "I think it's time for all of us to put a shoulder to the wheel on Prevent and move it along." 8:27AM What we know about the victims We have a full report on the victims here. Here is a short round-up of what we know about the dead. A three-year-old boy is among the dead. Local reports suggest this is the nephew of Francisco Lopez Rodriguez, 65, from Barcelona, who has also been confirmed as dead. However, this has not been confirmed. Two Germans, as yet unnamed, have been confirmed as dead. Ana Maria Suarez died in the attack in the seaside resort of Cambrils. The 61-year-old, from Zaragoza, northeast Spain, was with her husband and sister, who were both injured in the attack, according to Radio Television Espanola. Spaniard Pepita Codina, 75, died in the attack, according to the mayor of Hipolit de Voltrega, a small town near Barcelona where she was from. Xavier Vilamala posted messages of condolence on Twitter and Instagram. Elke Vanbockrijck, a Belgian woman, has been confirmed as dead.  Ian Moore Wilson, a Canadian father, has been confirmed as dead. Jared Tucker, a US citizen who was on holiday with his wife of a year, has been confirmed as dead by family. Bruno Gullotta, an Italian father-of-two, was confirmed as dead on Friday by his stricken colleagues and friends. There are reports a 74-year-old Portugese woman died in the attack. Silvina Alejandra Pereyra, a 40-year-old Argentine-Spanish dual citizen, has been confirmed as dead. Luca Russo, a 25-year-old on holiday with his fiancee has been named as dead. Francisco Lopez died in the attack while on holiday with his family, according to his niece. Julian Cadman, a 7-year-old boy who was born and raised in Kent, is still missing. His father flew out from Sydney, where they now live, to find him yesterday. 8:13AM Two Germans confirmed dead Earlier reports said there were three German victims of the attack but the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, just said the true number is two. He said: "Just like Germany, Spain also seemed to be a safe land (...). Terrorists are trying to widen their network. (...). Sadly there is no absolute safety against terrorism. "The majority of people in the world know that such events are always possible nowadays, many such attacks have been hindered but we can't always prevent it". 7:59AM People continue to lay floral tributes There are now floral tributes along the whole length of Las Ramblas pic.twitter.com/URqMYjJhyy— Hannah Al-Othman �� (@HannahAlOthman) August 19, 2017   7:31AM 'Compassionate, generous' Canadian victim identified as dead Ian Moore Wilson has been identified as dead. Ian Moore Wilson was killed in the attack  His daughter, Vancouver police Staff Sgt. Fiona Wilson, issued this statement:  "My dad, Ian Moore Wilson, was a much-loved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, who lived a healthy, active life alongside his partner of 53 years, my mum, Valerie. "He was compassionate, generous, adventurous, and always game for a lively debate, a good book, exploring new places, and a proper-sized pint.  In the midst of this tragedy, my dad would want those around him to focus on the extraordinary acts of human kindness that our family has experienced over the past several days, and that is exactly what we intend to do.  "From our policing colleagues and friends at the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP, who have been unwavering in their love and support; to Albert, who threw a family member on the back of his scooter to rush him to the hospital after tragedy struck; to the Air Canada employee who offered up a personal discount pass to make emergency flights more affordable; to the people who assisted my dad in his final moments, and those who focused on my mum’s urgent medical attention and aftercare; and to the Catalonian first responders who put their lives at risk for the safety of others. "These are the things we will choose to focus on when we endeavour to come to terms with the senseless violence and acts of hatred that have taken loved ones before their time. My dad’s passing leaves an immense void in our tight-knit family. He was desperately loved by us all and will be dearly missed." Read more on this here. 5:09AM Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to pray for missing boy Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked people to pray for a young Australian boy who is missing after a vehicle attack on a popular Barcelona promenade that killed 13 people. Mr Turnbull said on Saturday that the boy's mother was badly injured and is in a hospital following Friday's attack at the Las Ramblas promenade. Mr Turnbull says the boy's family is searching for him. He did not release the boy's name. He added: "All of us as parents know the anguish his father is going through, and his whole family is going through, as they rush to seek to find him in Barcelona." 3:53AM Security stepped up at sporting events  Security is being stepped up at major sporting events in Spain. The country's main football competition, La Liga, returns this weekend following its three-month summer break. Barcelona's opening match against Real Betis will go ahead as planned at the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday. Additional police will be on duty at all major sporting venues. In addition, the Vuelta, one of cycling's three Grand Tours, enters Spain on Tuesday, with thousands of spectators expected to line the route. The stage will finish at Tarragon, which is  is only 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) along the Mediterranean coast from Cambrils. 2:13AM Former head of anti-terrorism expert says vehicular terror attacks are difficult to stop Former head of anti-terrorism expert says vehicular terror attacks are difficult to stop 01:33   11:36PM Watch how large Barcelona's Las Ramblas memorial grows over time Watch how large Barcelona's Las Ramblas memorial grows over time 00:55   10:07PM Police confirm Moussa Oukabir shot dead by police in Cambrils Spanish police on Friday released the names of three Moroccan suspects in the deadly attacks in Spain's Catalonia region, shot dead overnight by security forces in the seaside resort of Cambrils. Catalonia's regional police identified them as Moussa Oukabir, 17, Said Aallaa, 18, and Mohamed Hychami, 24. Police said they were searching for a fourth suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, aged 22. 9:21PM American Daniel Tucker confirmed among the dead as family pays tribute A man says his son, a California resident, is among the dead in a truck attack in Barcelona, Spain. Daniel Tucker tells The Daily News of New York that his son Jared Tucker's body was identified by his wife at the morgue on Friday. Tucker says, "It's just something we really just don't understand." The couple, celebrating their first wedding anniversary, posed for this photograph just an hour before the attack Jared Tucker and his wife, Heidi Nunes, were visiting Barcelona for their first wedding anniversary. Tucker and his father worked together installing swimming pools. The elder Tucker tells the newspaper that "everybody loved him." 7:32PM Spanish police 'looking for a rented Kangoo utility vehicle that may have crossed into France' A French security official says Spanish police are looking for a Kangoo utility vehicle rented by suspects in the Barcelona attacks that may have crossed into France, AP reports. The official said Spanish police alerted French authorities to the vehicle, rented on Thursday in Spain. The official said French police nationwide are on the lookout for the car, and were given information from Spain about four suspects believed to be on the run. A Renault Kangoo The official was not authorised to be publicly named speaking of an ongoing manhunt. After two deadly vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, France's interior minister said his country reinforced police surveillance on Friday of what is normally an open border between Spain and France. French officials said on Friday evening that no one has been detained so far in the Spanish investigation.


Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:48:43 -0400

Several people stabbed in Finnish city of TurkuSeveral people were stabbed in an knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday but it was not immediately clear if this was a militant action or had some other motive. The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that at least one person was killed in the attack. Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat said eight people had been taken to hospital following the stabbings, some of them are in critical condition.


Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deported
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:01:09 -0400

Chicago activist loses US citizenship, will be deportedAn activist known for helping Arab women in the Chicago area lost her U.S. citizenship Thursday and will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem decades ago.


Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:03:39 -0400

Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drugLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber.


The Women Behind the 'Alt-Right'
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400

The Women Behind the 'Alt-Right'Last Friday night, the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park all looked strikingly similar. They were almost exclusively white, of course. But they were also relatively young. And with a handful of exceptions, they were men.


USS Fitzgerald's Leadership Removed Over Poor Seamanship
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:25:33 -0400

USS Fitzgerald's Leadership Removed Over Poor SeamanshipThis is not the first time U.S. Navy took a strict action against the leadership for acting inappropriately in a particular situation.



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