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NATO Summit Wales 2014 #NATOSummitUK #NATO

10 Downing Street, LondonOn 4 to 5 September 2014, Wales will host the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain as the UK hosts the NATO summit. President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other countries.

The summit comes as NATO draws down from its longest ever mission in Afghanistan and against a backdrop of instability in Ukraine. It is an opportunity to ensure that NATO continues to be at the forefront of building stability in an unpredictable world.

This will be the first NATO Summit since Chicago in 2012, and the first NATO summit in the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher welcomed NATO leaders to London in 1990.

During working sessions at the Celtic Manor and more informal events in Cardiff, world leaders will look to address issues which threaten NATO countries’ national security, from fragile states to piracy, from terrorism to cyber attacks.

As a strong player in NATO over the last 65 years, the UK continues to provide forces for NATO operations around the world today. Beyond Afghanistan, there are British service personnel serving in the Baltic Air Police mission and on counter-piracy operations.

Bringing the summit to Wales is an opportunity to shine the global spotlight on this corner of the United Kingdom, highlighting its strong commercial sector – from manufacturing to innovation, life sciences to cyber, and its academic excellence. And showcasing the tremendous potential in Wales for investment and business, tourism and study.

Announcing that Wales would host the NATO Summit 2014, the Prime Minister said:

It’s a great moment for Wales to advertise its modern and economically brilliant face to the world. We are going to have up to 60 world leaders coming to Wales for this vitally important NATO conference, so I think it’s a very good moment for Wales to put its best foot forward.

We had the G8 in Northern Ireland, we had the Olympics in London, we’ve got the Commonwealth Games in Scotland – it is Wales’ turn for one of these big events, a great showcase for Wales and a great opportunity and I’m really pleased that we are going to be doing that.

Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street – GOV.UK.

London rapper turned jihadist believed to be under investigation for James Foley beheading #JamesFoley

Abdel-Majed Abdel BaryAbdel-Majed Abdel Bary was known as ‘L Jinny’ as a rapper

A former rapper fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria is believed to be one of several British jihadists under investigation following the beheading of James Foley.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, was known as L Jinny or Lyricist Jinn at home in London, where his rising music career saw him appear in videos and have his singles played on BBC Radio in 2012.

He came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.

The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”

Bary reportedly travelled to the country last year from Maida Vale, west London, where he lived with his mother and five siblings.

His father Adel Abdul Bary 1, an Egyptian refugee thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants, was extradited from Britain to the United States on charges of terrorism in 2012 for his alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998.

His family is frequently mentioned in rap songs that can still be listened to online, with many people, unaware of L Jinny’s macabre transformation, praising his lyrics.

In early songs put online in 2012, Bary makes apparent reference to drug use, violence and life on a council estate and talks about the threat of his family being deported to Egypt.

“It’s hard to progress in the future with a damaged past but still I try to count my blessings and I thank Allah,” he rapped in 2012.

“I’m trying to change my ways but there’s blood on my hands and I can’t change my ways until there’s funds in the bank.

“I can’t differentiate the angels from the demons, my heart’s disintegrating. I ain’t got normal feelings.

“Even my life’s blessed, still I will not find rest.”

In later songs, apparent references to cannabis (“roll up and watch the leaves ignite”) stop and are replaced with tirades against people who choose to spend their money clubbing, drinking and on drugs rather than feeding their families.

Many British jihadists are known to be in Syria, including these men featuring in an Isis video to urge Islamists in the West to join themMany British jihadists are known to be in Syria, including these men featuring in an Isis video to urge Islamists in the West to join them.

The most recent video, which was posted on YouTube in March this year, is called “The Beginning”.

“Give me the pride and the honour like my father, I swear the day they came and took my dad, I could have killed a cop or two,” Bary raps.

“Imagine then I was only six, picture what I’d do now with a loaded stick. Like boom bang fine, I’m wishing you were dead, violate my brothers and I’m filling you with lead.”

Bary’s current whereabouts in Syria is not known and his Twitter account under the name “Terrorist” @ItsLJinny has been deactivated.

Previous posts mentioned Abu Hussein al Britani, a fellow Isis militant who has uploaded pictures of himself on Twitter with guns in Syria.

He and associate Abu Abdullah al-Britani were seen offering travel advice to would-be jihadists online earlier this year.

The Sun newspaper has linked the trio to a group of British jihadists known as “The Beatles”, including the man known as “John” who beheaded American journalist Mr Foley.

The Independent.

  1. Why are the family still in the country,  If parents allow their children to become terrorists, or do not notify the authorities of their child’s intentions then the whole family should be deported back to where they came from, this is the only way we will show these ‘immigrants’ that we will not tolerate their sick ideas of idealism 

Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London #NottingHillCarnival

By BBC News.
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Hundreds of thousands of people have attended the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.

The two-day event in west London started with children’s day and featured Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes made their way along the procession route from 10:00 BST.

About one million people are expected at the event over Sunday and Monday.

Organisers say this year is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary.

About 6,000 police officers are in attendance and the Met Police said they had arrested 63 people for offences including assault, criminal damage, drugs and theft.

Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams said the force’s priority was to “facilitate a safe and vibrant carnival”.

“Carnival very much presents us with two extremes; those who want to enjoy the sound systems, cuisine and have a good time and those who use it as an opportunity to commit crime,” she said.

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Prior to the main carnival, the J’ouvert event from 06:00 BST opened proceedings with a procession and a paint fight.

During the parade, the Chocolate Nation Mas float was followed by hundreds of people throwing liquid chocolate over themselves and the public as they danced through the streets.

Michelle Johns, 37, from Lincoln, who watching the procession with her family, said: “The group was spraying the chocolate around and going right up to them and spreading it on the officers’ faces.

“The officers were laughing the whole time.”

This year’s event will pay tribute to the steel pan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, which has been a significant feature of the carnival from 1964 until the present day.

The Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust said some people thought the first carnival took place in 1964, but others argue a street parade took place the following year.

However, the trust said there was documentary evidence which showed the first event with performers, costumes, music and placards took place in 1966

A crackdown by police in the run-up to the carnival on 21 August saw officers make 126 arrests and seize guns, drugs and about £78,000.

Officers known as “super-recognisers” are trained to spot anyone banned from attending the carnival in the crowds.

BBC News.

Australia: Queensland couple who died on #MH17 have been identified

Debris at the crash site of MH17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photograph: Xinhua News Agency/REXDebris at the crash site of MH17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Photograph: Xinhua News Agency/REX

An Australian couple who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has been formally identified.

Howard and Susan Horder, both 63 and from Brisbane, had been travelling in Europe and were among the 298 killed when the aircraft was shot down on 17 July by a suspected missile over part of eastern Ukraine where rebels have been fighting government forces.

Up to 39 Australian citizens and residents were on board the aircraft.

In a brief statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, members of the Horder family said they were relieved Howard and Susan had been identified. They also wished to thank all those who helped in the process.

“We look forward to Howard and Susan coming home so that we can lay them to rest peacefully. Our thoughts are also with all those affected by this tragedy and we extend our deepest condolences to all the other families,” they said.

The couple have three sons living in Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast and London.

via Queensland couple who died on MH17 have been identified | World news | theguardian.com.

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure?

An exercise by the Healthy Air Campaign, King’s College London and Camden council used members of the public to track exposure to air pollution in London. The monitoring found that that travelling on foot or by bike exposed commuters to significantly fewer fumes than using a car or bus.

The Guardian.

Editors Note: The same could probably be said for every major city in the world, air pollution kills more people than alcohol and tobacco combined yet our governments seem slow to implement measures to combat this.