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Special Forces Seize Ship In 7 Minutes After Captain Sent Mayday

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of seizing control of an oil tanker, police have said.

Tanker StowawaysThe men were detained when military forces stormed the Nave Andromeda which was thought to have been hijacked off the Isle of Wight on Sunday night.

Sixteen members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour stand-off which started when stowaways on board the ship reportedly became violent. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said there had been a “threat to life”.

Hampshire Constabulary said the seven men were being held on suspicion of “seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force under Sections 9(1) and (3) of the Aviation and Maritime and Security Act 1990”. “All 22 crew members are safe and well and the vessel is now alongside in the port of Southampton,” a spokesman said. Investigators are now speaking to the ship’s crew to establish what happened.

The stowaways, believed to be Nigerians, were handed over to Hampshire police on Sunday night.

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Extreme Right Wing Terrorist Charged With Preparing Attack

A man has been charged with preparing for a right-wing terrorist attack on a major immigration law firm.

Duncan LewisCavan Medlock, 28, of Harrow, north London, is charged with preparing an act of terrorism by researching Duncan Lewis Solicitors with the intention of killing an immigration solicitor.

Prosecutors allege he equipped himself with a knife and handcuffs, as well as Nazi and Confederate flags before going to the offices in Harrow on 7 September. He faces a trial on 17 May.

Prosecutors say he is an extreme right-wing terrorist who planned to kill a solicitor at the firm because he objected to his involvement in preventing the government from deporting immigrants.

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China Demand US Halt Plan To Sell $1.8bn Of Arms To Taiwan

The US has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth around $1.8bn (£1.4bn), in a move that is likely to increase tensions with China.

Taiwan MilitaryThe Pentagon said the deal comprised three weapons systems, including rocket launchers, sensors and artillery. Taiwan, which considers itself a country, is seen as a renegade province by China.

Tensions have increased in recent years and Beijing has not ruled out the use of force to take the island back.

Last week, US national security adviser Robert O’Brien said that while he did not believe China was ready to invade Taiwan, the island needed to “fortify itself” for the future. Taiwan’s defence ministry said the weapons would help it “build credible combat capabilities and strengthen the development of asymmetric warfare”.

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Soldiers Open Fire On Protestors In Nigeria

A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or wounded at a protest against police brutality in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos.

Nigeria ProtestsWitnesses and the rights group Amnesty International said several people were killed and wounded when soldiers opened fire. The state governor said about 25 people had been wounded but only one person had died.

An indefinite 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Lagos and other regions.

Protests over a now-disbanded police unit – the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) – have been taking place for two weeks, with demonstrators using the social media hashtag #EndSars to rally crowds. As tensions continued to rise on Wednesday, police in different districts of Lagos fired shots in the air to disperse people defying the curfew, the BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo reports from the capital, Abuja.

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Mystery Substance Attack In Dudley

Fifteen people have been treated for breathing difficulties after an unknown substance was sprayed inside branches of Pizza Hut, Tesco and McDonald’s.

Pizza Hut DudleyEmergency services were called to The Arcade in Upper Gornal, Dudley, shortly after 19:00 BST on Tuesday. One person was taken to hospital, but none have suffered any lasting effects, West Midlands Police said.

Forensics experts are working to establish the nature of the substance, the force added.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said fourteen people were discharged at the scene while one man was taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment.

A Tesco spokesperson said its Dudley Gornal Express store was temporarily closed for a deep clean but has reopened, and staff are helping the police and fire service with their investigation. Pizza Hut said none of its staff or customers were injured and it was working with the relevant authorities.

Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.