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Tory MP: May plans 'stepping stone to Snooper's Charter'

Senior Conservative MP David Davis has hit out at his party colleague Theresa May over plans to let police seize internet companies' data to identify possible terror suspects and paedophiles.

The Home Secretary wants the police to be able to identify suspects by using IP address matching to trace their computers.

Former leadership contender Mr Davis warned ministers were trying to reintroduce the so-called 'Snooper's Charter' that was shelved last year following intense opposition from the Liberal Democrats and some Tories.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

It's a stepping stone back to the old Snooper's Charter. The thing that Parliament roundly threw out about a year and half ago, two years ago because they weren't convinced that this was necessary.

Now this technical change is okay, it's sensible, but the Home Secretary has said in effect that she sees it as a route back into the whole Snooper's Charter and, frankly, I think she's going to have real trouble.

– David Davis


Palestinian 'shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza strip'

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry says.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. It would be the first such fatality since a 50-day Gaza war ended in August.

The ministry identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabalya refugee camp.

One of Halawa's relatives said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets.

Footage shows massive roof collapse after US snowfall

Video footage of a massive collapsed roof in New York's Erie County shows the extent to which the recent snowfall has affected parts of the US.

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The footage, posted on the county sheriff's Facebook page, was shot on Friday and shows a large manufacturing area, which remained unnamed for safety reasons.

The state is now preparing for likely flooding in areas hit by several feet of snow in the last week.

Theresa May: Police 'still won't be able to trace everybody'

Forcing internet firms to hand over information on IP addresses is "a step forward" in the battle against terrorists and paedophiles online, the Home Secretary has said.

However, Theresa May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that police would "still not be able to identify everybody who is accessing illegal content on the net".

She said in order to identify everyone, police would need access to the kind of communications data that she had originally planned to include in the Communications Data Bill - legislation that was blocked by Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last year.


Iran nuclear deal 'impossible' as deadline looms

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton ahead of yesterday's talks. Credit: Reuters

A comprehensive deal to resolve the stand-off over Iran's nuclear ambitions will be "impossible" to achieve before tomorrow's deadlines, the country has reportedly said.

"Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov 24," the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) quoted an unnamed member of Iran's negotiating team in Vienna as saying.

The source was also quoted as saying that that an extension was one option that would be discussed if no deal was reached.

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China began a final round of talks with Iran on Tuesday, with hopes of acheiving an agreement in which Tehran would curb its nuclear work in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

Theresa May: Terror threats have become more diverse

Theresa May appearing on the Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

The Home Secretary has warned that the UK faces "more diverse" terror threats than previously, with both groups and individuals potentially planning attacks.

Theresa May told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that many of the groups were "self-starting" and not affiliated to bigger organisations such as al-Qaeda.

There was a time when people were looking at perhaps just al-Qaeda-related threats that were a long time in the planning. Now the threat is more diverse in terms of the number of groups out there who will be looking to carry out attacks in the West.

It's also more diverse in that not everybody's affiliated to a particular group, some are self-starting groups and you do have individuals, perhaps the 'lone wolves' or the volatile individuals, so we have to look across the board at all sorts of threats that are out there.

– Theresa May

Met chief: Police have foiled four or five terror plots in 2014

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe speaking this morning. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

The head of the Metropolitan Police has said the police have foiled "four or five" terror plots so far this year - a marked increase on the number in recent years.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

We've said on average over the last few years it's been about one a year but this year alone we think four or five and over the last few months again, you'll have seen in the press, we've made some significant arrests which have all been followed by charges.

We've seen a change to the momentum, I've said in the past that we've seen a change to the drumbeat, we've seen a change to the frequency and the seriousness of the types of plots that we're looking at.

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
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