Islamist militant threat may rise: UK
LONDON • The threat Islamist militants pose to Britain is expected to remain high for the next two years and could rise, the interior ministry said yesterday, on the first anniversary of an attack that killed eight people in central London.
The current threat level is severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. The government said it had foiled 25 Islamist militant plots since June 2013 and was handling over 500 live operations.
UK's Brexit policy to be ready by June EU meet
LONDON • Britain will have a good set of Brexit policy proposals ready for a meeting of European Union leaders this month, Interior Minister Sajid Javid said yesterday, adding that he expected a positive response from Brussels. He rejected a newspaper report saying failure to reach an exit deal would cause immediate food and fuel shortages.
Frenchwoman gets life term for joining ISIS
BAGHDAD • An Iraq court yesterday sentenced a Frenchwoman to life in jail for membership of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as lawyers accused Paris officials of interfering to prevent her return home.
Melina Boughedir, 27, got seven years' jail last February for "illegal" entry and was set to be deported but another court ordered a trial under its anti-terrorist law and she was found guilty yesterday.