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Man charged with US tourist murder after London knife attack

A man has been charged with the murder of a US tourist after a knife attack in central London earlier this week, police in Britain’s capital said.

Zakaria Bulhan, 19, was charged with the murder of 64-year-old Darlene Horton plus five counts of attempted murder following the incident which took place late Wednesday in Russell Square.

Bulhan, of Tooting in south London, is a Norwegian national of Somali origin who moved to Britain in 2002.


Kuwait arrests Filipina accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS, planning attack

Kuwaiti authorities have arrested a Filipina accused of pledging allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and planning to launch an attack in the Gulf Arab state, the official news agency Kuna reported.

The woman, born in 1984, entered Kuwait in June as a housemaid and has been in contact with ISIS' affiliate in Libya, the interior ministry said in a statement published by Kuna.

Security forces monitored one of the e-mail accounts run by the woman and found messages in which she had contacted the Libyan militant group and had been using a "fake name and nickname to evade monitoring," the ministry said.


Olympics: German officials blast IOC over Russia verdict

Prominent German sports figures blasted the "cowardly" IOC over its decision to allow 271 Russian athletes to participate in the Rio Games despite a rampant state-run doping programme.

Top-ranking officials decried the decision as a "poor signal", while others demanded the resignation of the International Olympic Committee's chief Thomas Bach, a German.

"The consistently cowardly manner in which the IOC deals with Russia is no more than pure cynicism," she charged, adding that "lies and cover-ups are becoming the norm while the Olympic charter and good sense is being turned into laughing stocks."


Malaysian Islamic leaders say no to Pokemon Go

Islamic leaders in Kuala Lumpur said Muslims should avoid playing Pokemon Go because the popular mobile game was harmful and could “lead to gambling”.

Senior religious official Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said the city’s Islamic Legal Consultative Committee had taken into consideration top scholars’ opinions on the cartoon creatures.

“Pokemon Go and all the Pokemon characters should be avoided as it can bring harm,” he was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama. “The game promoted a search for power and deities with certain powers, which could lead to gambling.”


Olympics: South Korean archer sets first Rio world record

South Korean archer Kim Woo-Jin grabbed the first world record of the Rio Olympics - before the Games had even officially begun.

The opening ceremony later on Friday (Aug 5) promises to be a party, but the world number one and a quadruple world champion was already celebrating - but only a little bit - after scoring a world record 700 for 72 arrows in the men's individual ranking round at the Sambodromo.

Kim, 24, went just one point better than the previous record, set by compatriot Im Dong-Hyun in London four years ago.