Gunfire and explosions have been heard at a Nairobi hotel and office complex, more than 16 hours after Islamist extremist gunmen launched an attack that is thought to have killed at least 15 people, including a US citizen. A security source in Nairobi said the operation to clear the complex was “slow and cautious” because of fears that attackers were wearing suicide belts. The assault on the dusitD2 compound in the Kenyan capital, which includes a luxury hotel, restaurants, a spa and several office buildings housing international companies, was the most high-profile by terrorists in the country for many years. The sounds of what appeared to be further exchanges of fire and a blast at the complex come after the the interior minister, Fred Matiang’i, said security forces had secured all of the buildings affected. “The security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and [people of] other nationalities from the buildings,” he said in a brief televised … [Read more...] about Nairobi terror attack: gunfire heard hours after minister declares scene secure
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“Don’t take me home, please don’t take me home,” sang the Wales supporters on an evening when there was never any danger that Chris Coleman’s players would do anything other than prolong their stay in France. Inspired by Gareth Bale, Wales were irrepressible as they subjected Russia to a humiliating defeat and secured their place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 as group winners. This was fairytale stuff for a nation appearing at its first major tournament in 58 years. By the end of the evening Coleman was responding to the Wales fans’ requests for a wave as every pass was cheered in what started to feel like an exhibition match. Wales were in dreamland and it will be some occasion on Saturday in Paris at the Parc des Princes. It is a measure of Wales’s dominance that the scoreline flattered Russia on a balmy night in Toulouse. Bale left the field to a standing ovation after registering his third goal in the three matches to become the … [Read more...] about Wales thump sorry Russia to top their group in Euro 2016
At Southampton General Hospital, security guards show the knives they have confiscated from the public. A meat cleaver, a rusty saw blade and a five-inch knife are lined up with surgical scissors and other potential weapons. Attacked at A&E, guards’ injuries have included broken noses, ribs and fingers, a dislocated knee, black eyes, a needle injury, being strangled, being spat at – and they have faced threats of being killed. In one violent assault alone, three security guards were badly injured. In another, a guard was assaulted saving the life of a patient who was trying to jump from a window. “Things here have got so bad because of police and mental health cuts, and the escalation in knife crime,” one of the security guards tells me. “We have found all sorts of weapons stashed in the grounds of the hospital, but our employers refuse to give us stab vests or proper protective clothing, or to pay us properly if we get injured.” Outsourced … [Read more...] about A&E under siege as staff attacked with knives and meat cleavers for £8.64 an hour
What is a drone? Drones – remotely piloted craft – first appeared in the 1990s when they were used for military surveillance by the US. Familiar advances in miniaturisation and cost mean they are now used for all kinds of purposes – for recreation, filming, monitoring conservation or to deliver vital medicines in remote areas. Military technology has also advanced, albeit more slowly, and the principal drones used now are evolutions of the technology first deployed to spot hidden Serbian positions during the 1999 Kosovo war. Weapons on drones were first deployed almost immediately after 9/11, their usage since has been bound up with the so-called “war on terror”. How many military drones are out there? The vast majority of the many thousands of military drones are used for surveillance, and defence experts predict that will continue. Analysts at information group Jane’s estimate that more than 80,000 surveillance drones and almost 2,000 attack drones … [Read more...] about Killer drones: how many are there and who do they target?
In October 2013, Lauri Love was drinking coffee in his dressing gown in his bedroom at his parents’ house in the village of Stradishall, Suffolk, when his mother called upstairs to say there was a deliveryman at the front door. Love, whose first name is pronounced “Lowry”, like the English painter, clomped downstairs. In the front doorway was a man dressed in a UPS uniform. “Are you Lauri Love?” the man asked. “Yes,” Love said. In a single motion, the man grabbed Love’s arm while presenting, not a package, but a pair of rattling handcuffs. For the next five hours, while dusk turned to evening outside, Love, then 28, and his parents sat in the front room as a dozen or so men from the National Crime Agency, which investigates organised crime and other serious offences, checked the computers in the house. In Love’s bedroom, they found two laptops, and a PC tower humming on his desk. Among the bewildering Rolodex of open tabs in … [Read more...] about Keyboard warrior: the British hacker fighting for his life