FROM Kim Sengupta
Bloody Attack on Soldier Terrifies London After two men hacked another to death on a London street, one of them made a statement to an observer with a cell phone. "We swear by the Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Prime Minister David Cameron, who returned from a visit to France to address the incident , assured citizens of heightened police security but encourage that "one of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives." Kim Sengupta is defense and diplomatic correspondent for The Independent .
Eleven Suspects Appear in Court over Alleged Airline Terror Plot Eleven suspects in the alleged plot to blow up airliners bound for the US were brought to court today in Britain. The charges include conspiracy to murder, and so-called "martyrdom videos" are part of the evidence. Kim Sengupta, defense correspondent for The Independent , was in the courthouse and has the details.
The London Airline Plot and the War on Terror A jet plane from Britain to Washington, DC was forced down in Boston today because an "unruly" female passenger caused some disturbance. In Britain, police have arrested a 24th suspect in the airline bombing conspiracy, and they're trying to extradite another suspect from Pakistan. Interior ministers from the European Union met today to discuss their mutual security, and Britain's Interior Minister John Reid described the threat of terrorism "very real." We get the latest on these developments and what they reveal about airline safety and the war on terror. Were British investigators pushed to go public by making arrests before they were ready? Is Pakistan in accord with the West, against it--or both? Is the so-called "war on terror" being fought more by intelligence agents than soldiers?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.