World Briefs: Britain's youngest terrorist jailed

Britain's youngest terrorist jailed

LONDON • Britain's youngest person convicted of terrorism was sentenced yesterday to a minimum of five years in jail for plotting an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-style "massacre" at an Anzac Day parade in Australia.

The boy was 14 when he masterminded the plot, to behead police officers at a memorial event in Melbourne, from his bedroom in Lancashire, northern England. He was handed a life sentence at Manchester Crown Court, but may be released after five years.

The teenager, now 15, incited Australian Sevdet Besim to carry out a "major terrorist plot" which had reached its "late stages" before being thwarted by police. Besim, 18, is awaiting trial in Australia.


Pope 'did not ask to meet clerk'

VATICAN CITY • Pope Francis did not ask to meet a Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and did not offer her unconditional support, the Vatican said yesterday. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Mrs Kim Davis was one of "several dozen" people who had been invited to see Pope Francis.

The meeting with Mrs Davis, which was originally kept secret, disappointed many liberal Catholics.


Merkel tipped for Nobel Peace Prize

STOCKHOLM • Speculation mounted yesterday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel could scoop this year's Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership during Europe's migrant crisis.

Ahead of the Nobel prize season beginning on Monday, Germany's influential Bild newspaper said Dr Merkel, 61, had "a good chance" of winning, in the light of her open-door policy on refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Dr Merkel has held fast to the mantra "we will manage this" in the face of an expected up to one million new arrivals in Germany this year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2015, with the headline 'World Briefs: Britain's youngest terrorist jailed'. Subscribe