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'Unite with Russia against radical Islam', Blair urges

Tony Blair will speak today about the threat posed by radical Islam.
Tony Blair will speak today about the threat posed by radical Islam. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA

The West must put aside differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on tackling the threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair is set to warn.

Failing to "take sides" with moderates in the Middle East and North Africa could mean the 21st century is dominated by conflict rather than peaceful co-existence, he will say.

Mr Blair is due to make the intervention in a speech at Bloomberg in London this morning.

It comes with tensions still running high in eastern Ukraine, and after Russia was jettisoned from the G8 group of nations over Vladimir Putin's decision to annexe the Crimea.

But Mr Blair will describe a wider crisis with its roots in "a radicalised and politicised view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam's true message".

Man shot dead in US courtroom after 'attacking witness'

Siale Angilau, 25, was said to have lunged at a witness.
Siale Angilau, 25, was said to have lunged at a witness. Credit: Reuters

An alleged gang member has been shot dead in a US courtroom after apparently 'lunging' at a witness who was testifying against him.

Siale Angilau, 25, was not handcuffed and was shot a number of times by a US marshal after he was said to have made an "aggressive" move toward the unnamed witness while holding a pen.

The shooting took place in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. No one else was injured in the incident, the FBI said.

Mr Angilau - who faced a string of charges relating to alleged street crime - was taken to hospital after the shooting where he later died from his injuries.


Teen stowaway 'traveled to Hawaii on plane wheel well'

Hawaiian Airlines
The teen reportedly stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight. Credit: AP

A runaway teen reportedly stowed away in the wheel well of a plane as it flew from California to Hawaii, surviving a journey halfway across the Pacific Ocean at 38,000 feet.

The Associated Press reports that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara, California was questioned after arriving on the tarmac at Kahului Airport - the flight's destination - without any identification.

Security footage showed the teen had jumped over a fence to board Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning, an FBI official told the news agency.

The FBI said the boy - who is believed to have run away from his family - will not be charged and has been referred to protective services.

Hawaiian Airlines said: "Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived."

Kidnapped twins fight off car thief with toy snake

Seven-year-old twin boys fought off a car thief after he tried to drive away with them and their baby sister in San Antonio, Texas.

Luis and Lucius Lozada were inside the family car parked outside their home when their mother went inside briefly to get a baby bottle.

A man jumped into the car and started driving it away, but one of the twins kicked the car thief from behind, while the other hit him with a toy snake.

The man released the three children about a mile from their home. So far no one has been arrested.


Saudi Arabia to build world's tallest tower

Standing at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet), the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia is set to become the world's tallest tower, beating its closest rival Burj Khalifa in Dubai by nearly 600 feet.

According to CNN, the building is expected to cost £716 million ($1.2 billion)it will be constructed in Jeddah and the building will be situated along the coast of the Red Sea.

The world’s tallest tower has finally been given a start date to begin construction. Credit: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

One feature will be a sky terrace on the 157th floor and when completed it will become the highest terrace in the world.

The sky terrace could become the highest terrace in the world once completed. Credit: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The building will be designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and will require about 5.7 million square-feet of concrete, and 80,000 tons of steel, according to the Saudi Gazette.

The top 5 buildings in the world:

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE - 2,717 ft

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China - 2,073 ft

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, Mecca , Saudi Arabia - 1,971 ft

One World Trade Center, New York City, USA - 1,776 ft

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan - 1,670 ft

Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former US President Bill Clinton, has announced she is expecting her first baby.

Chelsea Clinton is expecting her first baby
Chelsea Clinton is expecting her first baby Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

According to US media, she revealed her pregnancy during a joint event with her mother Hillary, saying she was "very excited" that her first child was due to arrive later this year.

Alleged last words of Boston bomber suspect released

An image allegedly showing the last words written by suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, before he was captured, have been obtained by ABC News.

The writing was apparently found on the wall of the boat he was arrested in.


NEW: Image shows what the younger Boston bombings suspect allegedly scrawled before capture:


ABC have transcribed what they believe to be the inscription on the boat walls:

“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,” said the note ABC News obtained from a law enforcement official.

“We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all.”

More: US seeking death penalty for Boston suspect Tsarnaev

US flight attendant's stand-up safety routine

A sharp-talking flight attendant's novel take on the pre-flight safety warning has won her millions of fans around the world.

The US-based Southwest Airlines employee has her passengers in stitches with her routine which more closely resembles a stand-up set than a safety speech.

This video of her gags had more than eight millions views within four days of it appearing on YouTube.

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