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Three men convicted by UK court of plotting to bomb airliners

Three men convicted by UK court of plotting to bomb airliners

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A UK court has found three Britons guilty of planning to blow up transatlantic passenger jets on flights to North America.

Ringleader Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, and co-defendants Tanvir Hussain, 28, and Assad Sarwar, 29, were convicted on Monday for the 2006 plot, which involved bringing liquid explosives onto the flight disguised as soft drinks.

Four other men were found not guilty by the London court, and could not reach a verdict on an eighth suspect, who had previously been convicted on charges of conspiracy.

Prosecutors claimed that the plan targeted seven aeroplanes departing from London’s Heathrow Airport, each of which could carry from 241 to 285 passengers. Intelligence officials cooperating in the original arrest included Scotland Yard, MI5 and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. According to the New York Times: “The idea, intelligence officials said, was to show the world that the security measures adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks were insufficient to foil the kind of low-technology, “asymmetric” attacks favored by Islamic extremists in their war with the West.”

The plan was to detonate liquid explosives on seven flights headed to the United States and Canada.
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The plan of the conspirators was to detonate liquid explosives on aircraft enroute on their transatlantic flights. From records found on the memory stick records found on the convicted men, flights were destined for North American cities including San Francisco, New York, Washington, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. “If they had been successfully deployed, they would have killed thousands of people on board and maybe more if they had detonated them over land,” an anonymous senior British police source said.

The liquid explosives would have been mixed on board in the aeroplane’s lavatory after being brought through airport security disguised as soft drinks.

The sentencing will commence at a future date.



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Chris Moyles breaks record for longest running breakfast show on BBC Radio 1

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Chris Moyles breaks record for longest running breakfast show on BBC Radio 1

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Chris Moyles has broken the record for the longest-running breakfast show on BBC Radio 1, beating the previous record holder Tony Blackburn, who had a total of 2,072 days on the job. Moyles has now clocked up 2,073 days on the job, and the number is still increasing as the days pass.

Cquote1.svg By going out on the road for a week, we are trying to thank as many people as we can. Cquote2.svg

—Chris Moyles

Tony Blackburn opened BBC Radio 1 on September 30, 1967, and kept on going until June 1, 1973. Chris Moyles started the breakfast show on January 5, 2004 and is still going.

The official logo for BBC Radio 1.

In an interview with British tabloid the Daily Mirror, Moyles said: “I have taken a [pay] cut because they wanted me to take a cut.

“I don’t like the fact that I am earning less than I was two years ago, and I don’t deserve to be because we are working harder and the figures are up. But at the same time if the BBC are saying ‘help us out for a bit’, then that’s fine.”

The Chris Moyles Show, the name of the weekday breakfast show on BBC Radio 1, is going on a tour that will involve performing in Plymouth, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and London, all in the United Kingdom. Moyles stated: “By going out on the road for a week we are trying to thank as many people as we can.”

Chris Moyles calls himself “the saviour of Radio 1”. He equalled the record on Friday, and beat it on Monday.



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Japan pledges 25% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020

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Yukio Hatoyama, Japan‘s Prime Minister-elect, has pledged that the country will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020.

The prime minister-elect told a conference on climate change on Monday that “we can’t stop climate change just with our country setting an emissions target. We will also aim to create a fair and effective international framework by all major countries in the world.”

The chief of the United Nations‘ symposium on climate change commended Hatoyama’s plans. “With such a target, Japan will take on the leadership role that industrialised countries have agreed to take in climate change abatement,” Yvo de Boer said to the conference.

Japan has the second largest economy in the world, and is the number-five emitter of greenhouse gases. It has recently come under international pressure to implement more strict emissions policies, being sixteen percent above the Kyoto Protocol.


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Suicide car bomber kills seven in Iraq

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Police officials have said that a suicide car bomber has killed seven people and injured a further fifteen at a western Iraq security checkpoint.

The bomb detonated in a vehicle in a line of cars waiting at the checkpoint near the western city of Anbar early on Monday.

At least three police officers were among the casualties from the blast.

Farmer Mohammed Hussein Alwan, a witness to the event, was riding in a vehicle a few hundred metres from the suicide bomber’s car when it blew up.

“I ran to the site and saw five burning cars and a child who was thrown by the explosion and landed on the top of a car. I tried to approach him to see whether he was alive or dead, but the police started to open fire in all directions and we had to run away,” he said to the Associated Press news agency.

Violence in Iraq has decreased somewhat since 2008, but has picked up again recently, following the withdrawal of US armed forces from large cities across the country in June.



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Sir Terry Wogan announces his departure from BBC Radio 2 breakfast show

Sir Terry Wogan announces his departure from BBC Radio 2 breakfast show

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Sir Terry Wogan has announced that he will be no longer presenting the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, after a 16 year run on the station. File:Terry Wogan.jpg

Sir Terry Wogan.
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Wogan had been presenting the show since April 1972 to December 1984. At the time he had left BBC Radio 2 to pursue a career in television. He came back onto the breakfast show in January 1993 with his show, Wake Up to Wogan. Now Terry has decided to retire from BBC Radio 2 in December.

While live on air on Monday morning, Wogan said to his listeners, “I wanted to be first to tell you. It’s the least I owe you, for endless years, countless hours of morning companionship, friendship, good humour and laughter. Your loyalty and support has been a beacon of love in my life. There hasn’t been a morning, no matter how dark and dreary, that I haven’t had a smile on my face and a song in my heart at the prospect of your company, your marvellous mail, your wit and wisdom. This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my broadcasting career, to say goodbye to you in the mornings.”

Wogan also announced that his career was not finished altogether adding that, “I’ll be starting a really exciting new show…in front of you, as my live audience, presenting the very pinnacle of live music, artists, guests, and of course, you, your mail, your warmth, your wit.” The new show will take place in the Broadcasting House and will be presented live by Wogan himself.

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—Sir Terry Wogan

Chris Evans, who will be replacing Terry Wogan as the breakfast show DJ, will start in January 2010. He previously presented the breakfast show for BBC Radio 1 in 1995 but after the British station refused to meet his demands for a four-day week, he left in 1997.

Fans of Wogan — or T.O.G.s (Terry’s Old Geezers) as they’re commonly referred to — expressed their disappointment about his departure. One fan wrote: “I’d rather have silence than have to endure the torture of being shouted at over breakfast. It will be disaster for the listeners and the station.”

 
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Japan pledges 25% cut in greehouse gas emissions by 2020

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Yukio Hatoyama, Japan‘s Prime Minister-elect, has pledged that the country will reduce its greenhouse gas emisssions by 25% by 2020.

The prime minister-elect told a conference on climate change on Monday that “we can’t stop climate change just with our country setting an emissions target. We will also aim to create a fair and effective international framework by all major countries in the world.”

The chief of the United Nations‘ symposium on climate change commended Hatoyama’s plans. “With such a target, Japan will take on the leadership role that industrialised countries have agreed to take in climate change abatement,” Yvo de Boer said to the conference.

Japan has the second largest economy in the world, and is the number-five emitter of greenhouse gases. It has recently come under international pressure to implement more strict emissions policies, being sixteen percent above the Kyoto Protocol.


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