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Date: Aug 10, 2018

Russia's recently appointed envoy to Argentina has submitted a plan designed to combat terrorism in Latin America, warning of foreign plots against the region.

Moscow's new ambassador to Buenos Aires Dmitry Feoktistov held a news conference Thursday shortly after presenting his credentials to the Argentine government, discussing his country's strategy in the country and Latin America. During his remarks, he said that Russian officials "have information indicating that terrorists probably consider using Latin America for their criminal goals. Among other things, this includes the creation of bases for recreation and treatment of foreign terrorists, collection of funds, recruitment and propaganda," according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.

He also said that Argentine authorities were aware of these developments and had agreed to cooperate with their Russian counterparts in thwarting such conspiracies. "In this respect, I submitted to Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie on Monday a draft intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, prepared by Russia," he said.

Read more: Newsweek

A Muslim convert has admitted plotting to kill more than 100 people by driving a truck into pedestrians on London’s Oxford Street, the capital’s major shopping thoroughfare.

Lewis Ludlow, 26, had planned to rent the vehicle and plow it into shoppers in the bustling retail district, which attracts large numbers of tourists, during the busiest time of the week, prosecutors said.

He had also considered attacking London’s Madame Tussauds wax museum and St Paul’s Cathedral.

“Lewis Ludlow considers himself a soldier fighting for Daesh (Islamic State) in the UK,” Deb Walsh from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement on Friday.

“To that end, he planned to drive a van into shoppers at Oxford Street hoping to kill over 100 people. He is a serious danger to the public and accepted his guilt when faced with the prosecution’s case against him.”

The CPS said Ludlow’s mobile phone was found in the storm drain of his home in Rochester, southeast of London, which had photographs showing he had carried out hostile reconnaissance in central London. There was also a picture of a handwritten oath of allegiance to Islamic State (IS).

It also had videos in which Ludlow called himself “the Eagle”, and spoke of his hatred of non-believers.

 

Read more:  Reuters

A severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism was found buried at the ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert that has been the focus of investigators for the past week, the toddler’s grandfather said Thursday.

New Mexico authorities, however, said they had yet to identify the remains, discovered Monday. And prosecutors said they were awaiting word on the cause of death before deciding on any charges.

The boy, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, would have turned 4 Monday. Prosecutors said he was snatched from his mother in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.

The search for him led authorities to New Mexico, where 11 hungry children and a youngster’s remains were found in recent days at a filthy compound shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and an earthen wall studded with broken glass.

The missing boy’s grandfather, Siraj Wahhaj, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, told reporters he had learned from other family members that the remains were his grandson’s.

The imam said he did not know the cause of death.

“Whoever is responsible, then that person should be held accountable,” Wahhaj said.

 

Read more:  AP

Heavily armed Taliban fighters attacked Ghazni city in central Afghanistan early on Friday, burning police checkpoints, shelling houses and business areas and seizing control of parts of the city before being beaten back, officials said.

U.S. attack helicopters and drone aircraft provided government forces with air support. But as smoke rose across the city and witnesses reported bodies lying in the streets, and it was unclear how much of Ghazni was under government control.

The attack on a strategic city straddling the main route between the capital Kabul and southern Afghanistan demonstrated the Taliban’s strength, underscoring how volatile the security situation remains less than three months before parliamentary elections in October.

The defense ministry in Kabul said the attackers had been driven off but were still present in one area of the city and had occupied civilian houses, from where they were still keeping up occasional fire on security forces clearing the area.

It said around 150 attackers had been killed or wounded but gave no estimate of casualties for civilians or security forces.

 

Read more:  Reuters