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Eight Police Officers Killed In IS Attack At Egyptian Checkpoint

Eight Egyptian police officers have been killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in the northern Sinai peninsula, the interior ministry says.

Egypt BorderFive militants were also killed in the ensuing exchange of fire, while others escaped and were being pursued security forces, according to a statement.

The attack took place west of the city of El-Arish, as local people celebrated the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.

The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) later said it was behind the attack. A claim published by its Amaq news agency said militants killed 10 police officers in two simultaneous attacks on checkpoints near El-Arish.

Egyptian state media meanwhile broadcast photographs purportedly showing the bodies of several of the attackers.

An IS affiliate called Sinai Province has killed hundreds of security personnel in attacks since the military overthrew Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

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75th Anniversary Of D Day Commemorated

The Queen has paid tribute to the “heroism, courage and sacrifice” of those who died in the D-Day landings.

D DayShe was joined by 16 world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of history’s largest combined land, air and naval operation.

Mr Trump, who was on the last day of his UK state visit, said D-Day “may have been the greatest battle ever”.

Veterans of the landings in Normandy to liberate western Europe also attended.

Quoting a broadcast by her father, King George VI, at the time of the operation in World War Two, the Queen said the veterans of D-Day demonstrated “more than courage and endurance”, showing “unconquerable resolve”. “The fate of the world depended on their success,” she said. “Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.”

She thanked them “with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country, indeed the whole free world”. The countries represented at the event have agreed to make a joint statement pledging to ensure the “unimaginable horror” of the war is not repeated.

Called “the D-Day proclamation”, the 16 signatories – including the UK and the US – will commit to working together to “resolve international tensions peacefully”.

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Jihadi Jack’s Mother Horrified Son Was In Syria

The mother of a Muslim convert dubbed “Jihadi Jack” told a court she was “horrified” when he called to say he was in Syria.

Mrs Lane and John LettsSally Lane, 56, and her husband are accused of sending or trying to send her son £1,723, despite having reason to believe he had joined Islamic State.

Jack Letts left his Oxford home at 18, married an Iraqi tribesman’s daughter and moved to Syria, jurors have heard.

Mrs Lane and John Letts, 58, deny three charges of funding terrorism. They are alleged to have ignored repeated warnings that they faced prosecution if they tried to help their son while he was in IS territory.

Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, Mrs Lane told jurors her son had initially gone to Jordan and Kuwait for study and tourism.

She said: “He seemed like he was enjoying himself, relaxing and enjoying the country.”

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Death Of German Political Leader A Mystery

Investigators have begun a criminal inquiry into the death of a political leader in the German city of Kassel.

Walter LübckeWalter Lübcke, the 65-year-old head of the regional council, was found shot in the head with no weapon at the scene, German media reported.

Police said only that the circumstances of the death were unclear and that the crime bureau was leading the inquiry.

“We are deeply shocked by the sudden death of our friend,” said Hesse state premier Volker Bouffier.

According to local website HNA, Lübcke’s body was found on Sunday morning in his garden in the village of Istha. The regional authority said he had died suddenly on Saturday night at his home and left a wife and two grown-up children.

Lübcke was not known as a gun-owner, reports said.

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Knifeman Arrested At Gatwick Airport

A man armed with two kitchen knives has been arrested at Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick AirportThe 30-year-old tried to pass through a staff search area in the South Terminal just before 02:00 BST openly carrying a knife in each hand, police said.

The area was secured and he was challenged by armed police officers who used a Taser to detain him. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing offensive weapons and making threats to kill. Police said it was not being treated as terrorist-related.

Police said the man, from Crawley, West Sussex, was not a travelling passenger. Gatwick Airport said the terminal’s baggage reclaim area was temporarily evacuated as a precaution.

Supt Justin Burtenshaw, from Sussex Police, said: “This incident was dealt with swiftly and no members of the public or police were harmed.”

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