Attack plot trick leads to German arrests
Attack plot trick leads to German arrests
BERLIN – A 16-year-old boy and three others were arrested on Thursday over a suspected Islamic extremist attack plan on a synagogue in the German city of Hagen, authorities said.
The detentions took place on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day, and two years after a deadly attack in another German city on Yom Kippur Day.
Police cordoned off the synagogue on Wednesday and a church service scheduled for the evening was canceled.
Officials had received “very serious and concrete information” that there could be an attack on the synagogue during Yom Kippur, said Herbert Reul, Minister of the Interior of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where he is located. finds Hagen. The council indicated “an Islamist-motivated threat situation” and named the possible time and suspect, he added.
Police using sniffer dogs did not find any dangerous objects in or around the synagogue, Reul said. On Thursday morning, the 16-year-old, a Syrian who lives in Hagen, was arrested. Three other people were arrested during an apartment raid, and authorities are investigating whether they were involved in the alleged plan, the minister said.
Reul said research was underway in Hagen, but gave no details and answered no questions. He didn’t say where the tip came from.
British shuffle pushes women up the ranks
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson completed a major government reshuffle on Thursday, reshuffling his team of middle and lower ministers after making big changes at the top.
Johnson appointed a number of women to ministerial posts a day after appointing Foreign Secretary Liz Truss – this is only the second time that a woman has been Britain’s top diplomat. Lawmakers Amanda Milling and Kemi Badenoch were appointed deputy ministers at the Truss Foreign Office, while Penny Mordaunt got a job in the Commerce Department.
The reshuffle shows a Conservative Party government keen to get through 18 months of pandemic disruption – and in preparation for a snap election. Britain is not expected to hold a general election until 2024, but changes in government suggest Johnson wants to go to voters at least a year sooner.
“It sounds like the team he wants to get in an election,” said Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London.
Johnson on Wednesday fired several underperforming Cabinet ministers, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab – transferred to the Justice Department – and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, relegated to the backseat.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace denied Johnson sacked ministers “because they are incompetent” but just wanted to “refresh his team”.
Canadian buddy gets Obama backing again
TORONTO – Barack Obama backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the election on Thursday, calling him an effective leader in a rare endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former US president.
This is the second time that Obama has done it. Obama also urged Canadians to re-elect the leader of the Liberal Party in Canada’s last election in 2019.
Obama tweeted Thursday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as an effective leader who has strong democratic values.
Trudeau is in a bitter re-election fight with his Conservative Party rival ahead of Monday’s parliamentary election. Obama’s endorsement helped Trudeau with progressives in 2019.
Obama also backed Emmanuel Macron as president in the 2017 French elections, and he warned British voters against leaving the European Union.
Trudeau forged a close relationship with Obama when he was president.
Island dolphin slaughter comes under scrutiny
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The government of the Faroe Islands said on Thursday it will reconsider how Atlantic white-sided dolphin hunts are conducted after video footage showed the slaughter of nearly 1,500 marine mammals was released Sunday.
The scale of the slaughter was so large – much higher than in previous years – that it appears participants may not have been able to follow regulations to minimize animal suffering.
“We take this matter very seriously. Although these hunts are considered to be sustainable, we will take a close look at the dolphin hunts and the role they should play in Faroese society, ”Prime Minister Bardur said to Steig Nielsen in a statement.
The government’s decision on the 18 rocky islands which lie midway between Scotland and Iceland was taken after Sunday’s capture. That day, the islanders slaughtered 1,428 white-sided dolphins on the central Faroe Islands island of Eysturoy in the North Atlantic archipelago. Marine mammals are killed for their meat and fat.
White-sided dolphins and pilot whales – which are also killed on the islands – are not endangered species.
An activist for the international animal welfare group Sea Shepherd filmed Sunday’s episode, and on Wednesday the group said they hope pressure will build up from inside the Faroe Islands to end their traditional hunt. marine mammals.