IS ‘lays mines’ in ruins of Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Palmyra’s fall prompted fears the extremist group would seek to destroy the UNESCO World Heritage listed ruins as they have done with heritage sites elsewhere in Syria and Iraq (AFP Photo/-)

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Terrorists may use toiletries to smuggle explosives onto planes headed for Sochi

Airlines warned of possible toothpaste tube bombs ahead of Olympics

Washington (CNN) — The United States is advising airlines with direct flights serving Russia to be aware of the possibility that explosive materials could be concealed in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday night.

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Suspect Arrested with Molotov Cocktails Had Maps to Seattle Colleges

Justin Jasper, 21, appears at a bail hearing on Friday in Seattle. Ted S. Warren / AP

By Daniel Arkin and M. Alex Johnson, NBC News

Prosecutors say the Nevada man arrested near the University of Washington campus with weapons and explosives also had anti-government propaganda and directions to three Seattle colleges.

Justin Miles Jasper, 21, is being held in King County, Wash., in lieu of $2 million bail, said the county’s senior deputy prosecutor Andrew Hamilton.

King County Judge Arthur R. Chapman said at a Friday bail hearing that he considered Jasper a flight risk and a threat, according to The Associated Press.

Montana authorities said Jasper had stolen a pickup truck and several firearms from a truck driver who gave him a place to stay in Butte for the last month, the AP reported.

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Stansted: Fighter Jets Scrambled To Plane

An aircraft from Pakistan with 297 passengers on board is escorted to Stansted Airport, where two men are arrested.

A Pakistan International Airlines is surrounded by emergency vehicles on the tarmac at Stansted Airport

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK709 bound for Manchester from Lahore was diverted to Stansted following an incident on board.


Two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a plane was escorted to the ground by fighter jets.

The British nationals were led off the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane by armed police officers, after it was diverted to Stansted Airport following a disturbance in the cabin.

Superintendent Darrin Tomkins of Essex Police confirmed a threat was made as the plane, flying from Lahore to Manchester with 297 passengers on board, was preparing to land.

According to Pakistan’s Express News, one of the passengers claimed there were explosives on the plane, although Supt Tomkins said no suspicious items have been found.

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