A man who plotted to kill the Prime Minister has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, from north London, was convicted last month of preparing acts of terrorism.
Rahman had planned to detonate a bomb at the gates of Downing Street and then gain access to the street itself to assassinate Theresa May.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said Rahman “would have carried out his attack” had he not been arrested. Rahman was captured by an undercover operation involving the Metropolitan Police, MI5 and the FBI.
The judge said: “I am sure that at all material times Rahman believed the devices to be real and capable of causing serious harm.”
During his trial he pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct which assisted the preparation of terrorist acts, which related to a “sponsorship” video he filmed for an associate who allegedly wanted to join the Islamic State group in Libya.
A probation report read to the court by the judge revealed that Rahman had admitted in prison he would have carried out the attack had he been able to, which is contrary to what he said during the trial.
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at China for undermining its work with North Korea, as criticism over progress on denuclearisation mounts.
In a series of tweets he also said he saw no reason to resume the joint war games with South Korea that have angered North Korea. Days ago his own defence secretary said military exercises might continue.
China has accused Mr Trump of “shifting blame” in his comments on its relations with North Korea.
A summit between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June ended with a pledge from the North to work towards “the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”. Soon after Mr Trump announced there was “no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”.
But since then many observers say North Korea is not moving fast enough to dismantle its nuclear or rocket sites.
Russia plans to hold massive war games involving 300,000 personnel next month – its biggest military manoeuvres since a Cold War drill in 1981.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the drills were justified given “aggressive and unfriendly” attitudes towards his country.
Units from China and Mongolia will also take part in the exercises at military ranges in central and eastern Russia. The manoeuvres come at a time of rising tension between Nato and Russia. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said 36,000 tanks, armoured personnel carriers and armoured infantry vehicles would take part in Vostok-2018, from 11 to 15 September, along with more than 1,000 aircraft. “Vostok” is Russian for “east”.
All of Russia’s airborne units and two of its naval fleets will also take part in the drills across Siberia and the Russian Far East.