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Sky News By James Matthews, Scotland CorrespondentA joint counter-terrorism exercise to enhance cross-border co-operation in the fight against terror has been launched by police forces in Scotland and England.A mock attack has been staged at the Royal Bank Headquarters in Edinburgh, in which "terrorists" drove a truck into a building.They then used knives and automatic weapons to "inflict" mass casualties.The three-day training exercise, codenamed Operation Border Reiver, is designed to test the response of the police and emergency services.It will last until 5 October, extending to other sites and properties in Scotland and the North East of England. About 100 volunteers, posing as casualties, lay sprawled around the grounds of RBS near Edinburgh Airport following the mock attack. They were treated by ambulance crews carrying shields and wearing body armour.The scenario involved a truck being driven into a building (represented by a tent) and the "terrorists" then shooting and stabbing...
WMUR Channel 9 MANCHESTER, N.H. — A counter-terrorism expert from New Hampshire spoke to News 9 about the Las Vegas mass shooting and broke down how the shooter may have planned the attack.Former Army Ranger and Green Beret Jim Steiner said one of his first impressions from watching some of the video taken at the scene was that it is clear that 64 year-old Stephen Paddock used an automatic weapon during the attackAdvertisementSteiner said that to have killed and injured so many people, Paddock likely fired around 600 rounds -- all of which could fit in a gym bag.He also said the shooter was probably using 30-round magazines and firing randomly at the crowd.Steiner said Paddock, who was from Nevada, will likely be found to have his own reasoning for doing what he did and not be affiliated with any international terrorist organization or agenda.“He probably went through what I...

France approves tough new anti-terror laws

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BBC News France's lower house of parliament has approved a new anti-terrorism law intended to bring an end to a nearly two-year-long state of emergency.The law will incorporate several measures first authorized under the emergency arrangement.They include easier searches of homes and confining individuals to their home towns, without judicial approval.Most people in France approve of the move, but it has been criticized by rights groups.A state of emergency was first introduced after the attacks of 13 November 2015, when militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) killed 130 people in gun and bomb attacks in Paris.It has since been extended six times, but there was a consensus that to continue with the state of emergency indefinitely would be undemocratic, the BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.The bill was approved by by 415 votes to 127, with 19 abstentions, and is expected to become law before the latest state of emergency...

Extremist refugees need to be deported

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Toronto Sun Canadians were saddened to learn about the cowardly ISIS-style vehicular ramming that unfolded over the weekend in Edmonton. We’re used to seeing scenes like this in Europe. Obviously, they’re just as reprehensible when they happen across the Atlantic. But it’s still not a sight we’re used to seeing here. The scene that unfolded bore eerie resemblances to the 2014 attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that left one Canadian Forces member dead and another injured. Thankfully, no one was killed this past weekend, but one brave police officer and several bystanders were injured. On Monday, police announced Abdulahi Hasan Sharif has been charged with five counts of attempted murder, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge. It’s expected terrorism charges will be added to this list later. Canadians should be relieved injuries are minimal, particularly as we watch our American...
Toledo Blade By Allison Reamer  | BLADE STAFF WRITEROfficials from the Toledo Police Department and Lucas County Sheriff’s Office will review policies and emergency preparedness following a Las Vegas mass shooting at a country concert.Police will also receive and review an after-action report once the Las Vegas Police Department has completed its work, Chief George Kral said during a news conference Monday. Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said his agency also intends to review the case to “think about what we can do in the future.” “We learn from other jurisdictions and we’re going to make sure we incorporate our policies and procedures in our standard operating guidelines [and we’re making sure] that we’re taking into account any possible contingencies,” Chief Kral said.Deputies from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office discussed the incident at Monday briefings, said Sheriff Tharp.“Officers are always on guard and thinking about what they can do to...