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Suspected 'backpack bomber' wanted to blow up beach

A 23-year-old US man charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction told a source that he wanted to make a "timer bomb" that would blow up on a beach in Florida, the Justice Department has said

Suarez purchased components for this device, which was to contain galvanized nails, be concealed in a backpack and be remotely detonated by a cellphone.

Suarez intended to bury the device at a public beach in Key West and then detonate it.

– US Department of Justice

US man charged with attempting to use weapon of mass destruction

Key West Credit: Google Street View

A 23-year-old Florida resident has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the US, the Justice Department has said.

Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, of Key West, Florida, was charged in an alleged backpack bomb plot he planned to carry out.

Prosecutors allege that he was inspired by Islamic State.


NFL upholds Tom Brady suspension over 'deflategate'

The NFL has upheld the four-game suspension against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over "deflategate".

Tom Brady Credit: PA

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Brady's mobile phone had been destroyed before meeting with investigators in the scandal.

The use of under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game put the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

As well as Brady's ban, the club was fined $1 million over the controversy.

The star player could now take the case to federal court in a bid to overturn to the suspension.

Eurotunnel chief says UK must 'get to grips' with crisis

A Eurotunnel chief warned that the government should "get to grips" with the migrant crisis in Calais or face an impact on the UK's trade and economy.

Hundreds of migrants at a time are trying to break into trucks at the Eurotunnel terminal every night, Eurotunnel Credit: PA

John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs for Eurotunnel, confirmed that a "large number" of migrants tried to break into the terminal last night and said that it was a nightly occurrence.

"Hundreds of migrants at a time are trying to break in, climb on to trucks and truck shuttles and make their way to the UK," he said.

"The police are completely overwhelmed by the numbers that are there and it's a growing problem."

The 5,000 or more migrants who are in the Calais area are making attempts every evening to get through and this is yet another example.

The government needs to find a solution to this migrant crisis urgently. They need to stop the flow of migrants coming up to the north of France and they need to remove the migrants that are in Calais at present otherwise this is going to have a continuing effect on the trade through the Channel Tunnel.

It is something that will have an impact on the UK's trade and the UK's economy unless the government can get to grips with it.

– John Keefe, Eurotunnel


UK to spend £7m on improving Eurotunnel security

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said that the UK Government will spend up to £7 million on improving security around the entrance to the Eurotunnel.

She made the announcement as Eurotunnel said that around 2,000 migrants had tried to storm its French terminal last night and called on the Government to act.

"We have agreed today that we will work together [with the French government] to return migrants, particularly to West Africa, to ensure that people see that making this journey does not lead to them coming to Europe and being able to settle in Europe," she said.

Desmond Tutu readmitted to hospital

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's admission to hospital is unrelated to his cancer treatment, daughter says Credit: PA

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a hospital in Cape Town, his family confirmed today.

But his daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, said in a statement his admission into hospital was not related to his cancer treatment

"His oncologist confirms that his PSA level is pleasingly low," the statement released by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said.

His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation.

He'll have a few days of bed-rest while his medical dream team brings the situation under control and determines the next course of action, if any. He will stay in hospital until the weekend, at least.

– Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu

Tutu was discharged from hospital last Tuesday but re-admitted this afternoon after expressing renewed discomfort.

Eurotunnel: Government needs to sort out migrant issue

Eurotunnel has called called on the Government to act as it confirmed that 2,000 migrants stormed its French terminal in Calais last night.

Credit: PA

A spokesman for the operator confirmed that "a number of people were injured" and fences were damaged as migrants tried to board the shuttles.

"This is an issue that is a really for the Government to sort out," the spokesman said as he described storming of the fences as "an almost nightly occurrence."

"We need them to stop the migrant flow from Calais but it appears to be too much for them to handle."

It is an almost nightly occurrence - we're trying to run a travel business here.

– Eurotunnel spokesman
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