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Follow RT’s live updates on the Woolwich attackRigby was described as an “extremely popular and witty soldier” with a “larger than life personality who was also a “loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years.” He joined the Army in 2006 and upon completion of his infantry training course, was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and posted to 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – an infantry regiment of the British Army.Rigby was first deployed on Operations to Helmand province, Afghanistan in April 2009, where he served as a member of the Fire Support Group in Patrol Base Woqab.Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, Commanding Officer Second Fusiliers, described Rigby as “an experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus.”Rigby took up a recruiting post in London in 2011, where he also assisted with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.Taylor said his “ability, talent and personality made him a natural choice to work in the recruiting group.” On Wednesday afternoon in Woolwich, South London, two men drove onto the sidewalk and hit Rigby with their car before getting out and hacking away at his body with knives and meat cleavers while shouting”Allahu Akbar!” The suspects, one of them identified as British born 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, spoke at length to bystanders and made politically charged statements before the Metropolitian Police’s armed response team finally arrived, shooting them both.Rigby died at the scene, while the attackers were detained and are currently hospitalized under armed guard.It was reported on Thursday that both of the alleged assailants were part of earlier investigations carried out by MI5 – Britain’s internal security service. However, intelligence services assessed that neither suspect posed a threat to life.British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Intelligence and Security Committee would carry out a full probe to determine whether or not there were any failings in the run-up to the attack. …
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Britain’s Ministry of Defence has identified the soldier who died near the Woolwich army barracks in southeast London as 25-year-old Drummer Lee Rigby.
He was serving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and leaves behind a two-year-old son.
Police are still trying to establish what happened on Wednesday afternoon.
Witnesses say two men used a car to run down the victim whom they then attacked with knives and a machete shouting “Alllahu Akbar- God is Great.”
Around 20 minutes later, an armed response unit arrived and shot the men but not before one of the suspects was filmed by a passerby justifying his actions.
The killing sparked a terror alert with suspicions raised that this was a possible jihadist attack.
One of the alleged killers is reportedly 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo – British of Nigerian descent.
Muslim leaders in the UK have strongly condemned the attack declaring it was not carried out in the name of Islam.
“What we have seen is a ratcheting up of tensions,” said Muslim Political commentator, Mohammed Ansar.
“We have seen hysteria about Muslims and Islam, fear and hatred and xenophobia against foreigners and immigrants and, in that political cauldron, these kind of sparks can cause real, real damage and that is the danger, that communities do not turn on themselves.”
But as police investigate whether the killing was part of a terrorist plot or carried out by so-called ‘lone wolves’, there have already been two attacks on mosques in the southeast of England. The British National Party (BNP) has issued anti-immigration statements and last night members of the far right English Defence League (EDL) clashed with police.
“Enough’s enough. Our message is – enough’s enough. We have weak leaders, weak police. Our police, our leaders tiptoe around this issue. This issue is political Islam. It’s political Islam that’s spreading across this country,” said EDL leader
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Journalists asked Naryshkin on Thursday if there were “objective reasons” to change the Russian government given that such a scenario has lately been widely speculated on the media.“I’d like to remind you that very recently [on April 17], the State Duma was hearing the government’s report on the results of their work in 2012. The deputies did not raise the issue of [the Cabinet’s] dissolution,” he observed.When the journalists noted that the answer was hardly clear, the Duma chairman recommended that they “read between the lines.”Last month, after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev presented the government record, his Cabinet’s performance came under bitter criticism from the opposition factions.In particular, senior Communist party member, Ivan Melnikov demanded that Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov be fired. He added that the Communists were skeptical about Medvedev’s speech “because the Cabinet has entrenched itself in the stockpiles of papers and has drowned in figures,” cited Itar-Tass.Fair Russia’s Nikolay Levichev stated that if the country returned to recession, they may put forward a vote of no-confidence in the government.United Russia Party – chaired by Medvedev – also voiced its concerns over the decrease of small and medium sized businesses in the country.Besides that, the ruling party’s MPs were dissatisfied with the coordination of work between the lawmakers and the government.Responding to criticism, Medvedev noted that there are posts in the government that always come under fire, but ministers are not coins to be liked by everyone and they will not be fired.President Vladimir Putin, though, took a favorable view of the report, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.On May 7, Putin held a meeting on the execution of his orders signed on the day of his inauguration a year before. In these landmark decrees – that outlined key directions of Russia’s development in near future – he sought to fulfil his presidential campaign promises.Putin admitted that some “results have been achieved” in a year since he returned to the Kremlin. But then he poured cold water on the ministers blasting them for poor implementation of his decrees. He promised he would judge the effectiveness of the government by the improvement in people’s lives and not by paper reports.Following that speech, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov – once known as the architect of the so-called Russian sovereign democracy – refused to read his report on the fulfilment of Putin’s orders. He admitted that president’s criticism was fair. The following day Surkov resigned. On May 23, President Putin gave Medvedev till June 7 to work out a plan of government activities for the next five years aimed at the fulfilment of his May 7, 2012 orders. He also told the prime minister to implement measures to increase the transparency of government and to make public the results of new legislation, the Kremlin press service reported. According to political analyst Aleksandr Kynev, drafting such a plan for government is similar to “scheduling their own dismissals,” he told Kommersant daily. In his view, Putin’s decrees are quite difficult to implement. …
Kim Dotcom is once again making headlines, but not over his controversial Mega website. Rather, Dotcom claims he invented two-factor authentication. He has promised to not sue companies using the technology; namely Google, Facebook and Twitter, but only in exchange for aiding his fight against the onslaught of DMCA-based legal troubles… …