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Fighter Jet Model Revealed At Farnborough Airshow

A model of the UK’s planned new fighter jet, the Tempest, has been unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show.

Tempest ModelThe UK’s Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said the jet could be used with either pilots or as a drone.

The craft will eventually replace the existing Typhoon fighter jet. It will be developed and built by BAE Systems, engine maker Rolls-Royce, Italy’s Leonardo and missiles expert MBDA.

Mr Williamson said the UK would be investing £2bn in the new project. The hope is to see it flying by 2035.

Mr Williamson said the programme was aimed at ensuring the UK’s continued leadership in fighter technology and control of air space in future combat: “We have been a world leader in the combat air sector for a century, with an enviable array of skills and technology, and this strategy makes clear that we are determined to make sure it stays that way.”

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Trump And Putin Meet In Helsinki

US President Donald Trump says his face-to-face meeting in Helsinki with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was “a good start”.

Trump And PutinAfter two hours of closed-door talks the two leaders went into a working lunch with their senior advisers.

Speaking earlier, Mr Putin said it was time to discuss “difficult multi-national issues”.

Relations between Russia and the West were severely strained by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russia is also accused of meddling in the 2016 US election, a claim it strongly denies.

Speaking before Monday’s much-anticipated summit, Mr Trump said he hoped for an “extraordinary relationship” and blamed US-Russia tensions on previous administrations. Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were charged on Friday with hacking the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But writing on Twitter, Mr Trump put the blame for the deterioration in relations with Russia on “years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt”.  In response, Russia’s foreign affairs ministry tweeted: “We agree.” The tweets are likely to alarm White House advisers already nervous about the risks of ceding too much ground to the Russian leader during the talks.

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Gunman Kills Five Staff At Maryland Newspaper

Staff at the Capital Gazette have published a Friday edition, after a gunman killed five people and injured more at the local paper’s office.

 Annapolis ShootingChase Cook, a reporter at the Annapolis publication, had tweeted: “We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.”

His post came just hours after the attacker, armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades, shot through a glass door into the newsroom. Police called the shooting a “targeted attack”.

The paper has tweeted the front page of their Friday paper, as well as obituaries for their colleagues.

US media have named a suspect held by police as Jarrod Ramos, who is reported to have unsuccessfully sued the newspaper group in 2012 for defamation. The Anne Arundel Police Department have not, however, yet named the suspect.

A Capital Gazette reporter tweeted that Mr Ramos had been charged with “five counts of first-degree murder”, and would have a bail review on Saturday.

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Three Hospitals In Syria Affected By Air Strikes

Air strikes have reportedly put three hospitals out of service in rebel-held south-western Syria, as pro-government forces press on with a major offensive.

Syria Air StrikesA medical charity and a monitoring group said the facilities in the towns of Saida, Jizah and Musayfira, east of the city of Deraa, were hit overnight.

The strikes came as the army made gains in the region, which borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Up to 50,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in the past week.

The provinces of Deraa and Quneitra had been relatively calm for almost a year because of a “de-escalation” agreement brokered by the US and Jordan, which support the opposition, and Russia, a key ally of the government.

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Khalid Ali Found Guilty Of Planning Attack And Bomb Making

Khalid Ali was carrying three knives when he was tackled by armed officers near Downing Street in April 2017 – and was just moments from being able to attack police, Khalid Alipoliticians or military personnel.

But unknown to him, clues picked up from bomb parts recovered from Afghanistan more than four years earlier meant that police were watching his every move.

Ali was one of seven children born to an Ethiopian mother and Somali father in Saudi Arabia, where the family moved to after escaping civil war in Ethiopia and from where – in 1992 – they came to the UK.

He grew up in Edmonton and trained as a gas engineer and plumber after leaving school, but in his late teens became increasingly absorbed by religion and politics.

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