Iran is a an 'Islamic fascist bureaucracy' says accused embassy bomber

A dissident accused of trying to set fire to a diplomatic car outside the Iranian embassy with a Molotov cocktail has denied carrying out such an ‘inhuman’ act. Ex-political prisoner Sam Parsa, 60, allegedly planted a bottle of petrol along with a scarf into the exhaust pipe of a BMW parked outside the offices in Knightsbridge. The former Iranian national claimed he was ‘tortured’ by the government in his native country and sought asylum in the UK in 1990. He… This Content is for Members only P

Teenagers were 'hired to murder this man'

A waste removal boss recruited two machete-wielding youths to hack a gang rival to death, a court heard. The boys, aged just 14 and 16 at the time, were allegedly enlisted by 26-year-old Shaian Forde to carry out a ‘barbaric’ revenge hit after he was attacked on 19 August last year. The following week Santino Dymiter, 18, tried to flee from Rahiem Anderson, now 18, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named, but was hunted down and murdered...

'Jailhouse murder attack was based on corrupted Islam'

An Islamic extremist accused of trying to murder a prison officer at a maximum security jail was acting on his ‘twisted and corrupted’ ideology, a court heard. Convicted terrorist Brusthom Ziamani, 24, and Baz Hockton, 26, allegedly screamed: ‘Allahu Akbar’ and wore hoax suicide vests as they attacked Neil Trundle at HMP Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire. They ‘lured’ PO Trundle into a cupboard space off-limits to prisoners by asking him to fetch them a spoon before setting upon him with makeshift weapon...

'I shouted Allahu Akbar' as I attacked guard to alert other prison officers

An Islamic extremist accused of attempting to murder a prison officer said he shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack so other prison officers would stop him, the Old Bailey heard today. (Fri) Brusthom Ziamani, 25, said he and Baz Hockton, 26, attacked prison officer Neil Trundle because they wanted to move to different prisons and only wanted to give him minor injuries like a broken nose. Ziamani and Hockton were picked up on footage shown to the jury attacking PO…

'I shot this man dead by accident'

An alleged killer accused of shooting a Tesco delivery driver dead claimed the gun went off accidentally when he used it to pistol-whip the the victim. Iranian national Eraj Seifi, 46, was blasted in the head in a garden outside a hostel in Bravington road, Queen’s Park, northwest London on 29 January. He initially survived the attack but was taken to intensive care where he remained until dying of his injuries more than a week later on 7 February. Mr… This Content is for Members only Please re

Mother and sister in ‘cover up’ after man mowed down cop

A BMW driver mowed down a police officer who tried to arrest him for firing a gun in the street, a court heard. Aydin Altun, 26, discharged a pistol near White Hart Lane, Tottenham, north London and an eye witness gave the registration number of his black Mercedes to police last October 29. Armed police officers stopped the car and ordered Aydin and another man out of the car, the Old Bailey heard. But Altun allegedly tried to escape by driving his black BMW into PC Lewis Crowder, who desperately clung on to the car’s bonnet long enough to recognise him and the man in the passenger seat. He was thrown from the car in severe pain and lapsed in and out of consciousness.

Killer bragged stabbing this teenager in 'squirting blood' rap

A teenage killer said ‘God was looking on him’ because he was not caught on CCTV murdering a schoolboy during the rush hour at a train station, the Old Bailey heard. Louis Johnson, 16, was stabbed with a ferocious 15cm ‘Zombie knife’ and cradled by a commuter at East Croydon station who heard him take his dying breath on January 27. The 17-year-old killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, bragged about the killing in a rap to a…

'Stop trying to pass the buck to each other': Air pollution causes Southall politician to speak out

Ealing’s London Assembly Member called for government intervention over a Southall gasworks redevelopment which is allegedly causing toxic air pollution. Dr Onkar Sahota said Ealing Council and the Environment Agency should investigate the redevelopment of a former Southall gasworks for causing dangerous air pollution. Dr Sahota said: “I will pursue this case and get them all in the same room to meet the residents. “Stop trying to pass the buck to each other.” The site’s former use as a chem

'There is nothing to be gained for us': London's Irish community fear life after Brexit

Britain’s EU Withdrawal Agreement came under fire from London’s Irish community because of fear it could disrupt their lives. Irish nationals living in London expressed fear the agreement could cause deportations for immigrants and would harm Irish businesses operating in the UK. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in Dublin last week: “There is almost no other country in the European Union that is more affected by [Brexit] than Ireland.” The UK’s Withdrawal Agreement was signed

Brexit and social media to blame for rise in hate crime say anti-racism orgs

Anti-Racism organisations have said Brexit may have caused a rise in hate crime and triggered including two recent racist acts of vandalism. The first act of vandalism was anti-Semitic graffiti in Hampstead and Belsize Park, where the Star of David and “911” was painted on several shops, a phone box, and South Hampstead Synagogue. The graffiti is thought to be a reference to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews planned the 2001 attack on New York’s World Trade Centre. Hampstead Council

Brexit uncertainty drives auto industry towards Germany

Tesla’s first European 'Gigafactory' will be built near Berlin. The site, located near Berlin Brandenburg airport, is scheduled to begin manufacturing batteries, powertrains and the Model Y car in 2021. Tesla CEO Elon Musk also announced an engineering and design centre will be constructed in Berlin, due to the city’s reputation as a cultural centre. Mr Musk declared to industry website AutoExpress in 2014 that the UK was considered as a potential site for their first European factory, but unce

Developing nations dominate free zone investment flows

Special economic zones in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Emerging Europe receive more FDI investment than the rest of the world combined, according to a study on free and special economic zones by crossborder investment monitor fDi Markets. Since 2015, fDi Markets has recorded greenfield investments into 681 global free zones (GFZs) across the globe. It found that $110.83bn was invested in these GFZs between 2015-2018, $98.47bn of that in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Emerging Europe. How

Parties clash over NHS in BBC Election debate

The NHS loomed large in today’s debate between the seven major parties, as every party on stage pledged more NHS investment and more staff. Conservative Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, shifted the debate to his party’s slogan saying the UK can support the NHS by getting Brexit done. However, when pressed Mr Sunak denied allegations his government was privatising the NHS by stealth, angrily telling his fellow debaters to withdraw the charge. Mr Sunak said: “The NHS is not for

New Zealand tops World Bank Doing Business report

The latest edition of the World Bank’s annual Doing Business report details how 12 different areas of business regulation enhance or constrain domestic business activity across 190 economies. The report documents 294 regulatory reforms enacted between May 2018 and May 2019. Doing Business 2020 found 115 economies improved the business regulatory environment. Togo, Tajikistan, China, India and Saudi Arabia were all held up as significant examples of regulatory reform in the past year.

Gowling WLG: Europe popular for HQs

European countries are the most popular locations for new corporate HQs, according to a new study by international law firm Gowling WLG. Some 97% of executives considering relocating their HQ are considering an international move, with 46% of those looking at Germany as a potential location. Gowling WLG surveyed 650 board-level executives, and found 26% were considering a relocation, or had already relocated their HQ. There was a significant discrepancy between countries, with only two per cen

SPI report: UN SDGs will not be met until 2073

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be achieved until 2073 without significant international action, according to the Social Progress Imperative, a Washington DC-based non-profit organisation that publishes the Social Progress Index (SPI). The report found the world is “underperforming” according to its income at several SDGs, with access to water and sanitation underperforming by more than 11 points, more than any other SDG. The world also underperforms in personal rights, nut

Global climate strike in London: 'This needs to be something that becomes part of our lives'

Tens of thousands packed central London streets from Trafalgar Square to Westminster Abbey as schoolchildren led a global climate strike yesterday. Teachers marched alongside uniformed pupils in support of the strike, while unions, politicians, and university students came out to show support for the striking children. Students went on strike globally, calling for international action to prevent further climate change. Julia Steinberger, one of the authors of the UN’s latest climate change re