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Khalid Masood identified as London killer.

Police have identified Khalid Masood as the man who carried out the Westminster attack, as the death toll rose to five. Masood, 52, was born as Adrian Elms in Kent and was shot dead by police. He had not been the subject of any current police investigations. PC Keith Palmer, 48, Aysha Frade and US tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, were killed on Wednesday, while a 75-year-old man died on Thursday evening. The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack.

London attack: Police have identified the British-born attacker.

The Westminster attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services, the prime minister has revealed. In a statement to the Commons, Theresa May said he had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism but had been a "peripheral figure". Eight arrests have been made following the attack on yesterday that left four dead. Those that died are PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade who worked at a London college, a man in his 50s and the attacker.

The UN commissioner for Human Rights acknowledged positive advances of securing human rights in Sri Lanka.

UN high commissioner for Human Rights zeid Rad Al Hussein acknowledges some positive advances on human rights and constitutional reform in Sri Lanka. Issuing a report on Sri Lanka yesterday, he said, he welcomes the constructive engagement of the government with the UN resolutions.

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Sushma Swaraj steps in to rescue Indian woman facing domestic abuse in Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed Indian High Commission to renew the passpart of an Indian woman married to Pakistani man, and facilitate her return. Mohammadia Begum hailing from Telangana was living with her husband in Sialkot, Pakistan.

Ms. Begum complained to her parents that she was being harassed and beaten up by her husband and in-laws and that she wanted to come back to India. Mohammad Akbar, the victim's father appealed to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who in turn asked officials of Indian Embassy to meet Ms. Begum.

US and UK ban cabin laptops on some inbound flights.

The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution. It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are not affected. The British ban, announced hours after the American measure, is similar but applies to different airlines.

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces prosecutors.

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is being questioned by prosecutors over a corruption scandal that brought her down. After arriving at the office, she told reporters she was "sorry". Ms Park resisted efforts to question her when she was president, but lost her immunity when judges upheld parliament's decision to impeach her. She could be charged for allegedly allowing close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from large firms. Ms Choi has been charged with bribery and corruption.

FBI's Comey confirms investigation of election 'interference'.

FBI director James Comey has confirmed for the first time that the FBI is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, Mr Comey said his agency had seen no evidence to back up President Trump's claim that his phones had been tapped by the Obama administration. He was giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee. The Trump administration said nothing had changed and there was "no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion".

Theresa May to trigger Brexit process next week.


Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving. Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible.

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Aircraft pound rebel-held eastern Damascus

Syrian government forces are reportedly bombarding eastern areas of the capital, Damascus, a day after rebel fighters launched a surprise offensive. Activists said opposition-held parts of Jobar had been targeted repeatedly by aircraft and artillery, amid fierce clashes along the frontlines.

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US intelligence chiefs to give evidence on Trump-Russia claims.

The heads of top US spy agencies are to testify before Congress about possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's election campaign. They will also address Mr Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama. FBI director James Comey and the NSA's Admiral Mike Rogers will speak at a rare open hearing of the congressional intelligence committee. Russia denies trying to influence the election, while Mr Trump denounced the investigation as a "total witch hunt".

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