BRUSSELS — Belgian authorities say they have charged a man with terror offenses linked to the deadly suicide bomb attack on the Brussels airport in March 2016. The Federal Prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that a Belgian national identified as 39-year-old Brahim T. was charged with “participation in the activities of a terrorist group, terrorist murder, attempted terrorist murder,” either in a direct role or as an accomplice. He is scheduled to appear in a Brussels court within five days. Belgium has been on high alert since suicide attackers killed 32 people at the Brussels airport and a subway station on March 22 last year. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Belgian authorities charge man over 2016 airport bomb attack
Photo A Ryanair flight at Stansted Airport near London last month. Flights from the airport were briefly halted on Wednesday because of security concerns. Credit Kevin Coombs/Reuters LONDON — The Royal Air Force escorted a Ryanair plane to Stansted Airport, north of London, on Wednesday after the flight from Lithuania was diverted because of a security threat that the airline later said was most likely a hoax.The flight, which originated in Kaunas, Lithuania, landed safely around 8:55 a.m., the police said, and passengers were escorted off the aircraft. Ryanair said a “suspected hoax security alert” had been flagged by the Lithuanian authorities.Britain has been on edge after a series of terrorist attacks this year, and flights were briefly halted from Stansted on Wednesday, the airport said, but were now “arriving … [Read more...] about Ryanair Plane Is Escorted by Military Jet to Stansted Airport in U.K.
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Latest on the trial in Malaysia of two women accused of killing North Korean ruler’s half brother (all times local): 11 a.m. Prosecutors at the trial of two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea’s leader have presented airport security videos showing scenes of Kim Jong Nam being attacked and both suspects hurrying away afterward. Kim was seen arriving at the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur airport the morning of Feb. 13. A woman identified as Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong approaches Kim at a check-in counter and clasps both hands on his face from behind. Police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz testified Wednesday that the second suspect, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, can’t be seen attacking Kim, but she is soon seen running away in a different direction. Both women are seen hurrying to separate restrooms, holding their hands away from their bodies as if they were uncomfortable. Prosecutors contend the women knew … [Read more...] about The Latest: Video shown in court of Kim being attacked
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — A Malaysian court has been shown airport security video where a Vietnamese murder suspect smeared something on a person’s face two days before she allegedly attacked the half brother of North Korea’s leader in the same manner. The footage seen in court Wednesday showed Doan Thi Huong running toward a person from behind and wiping his face, then slightly bowing before moving away. Police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz testified Huong was more “aggressive” approaching Kim Jong Nam compared to the practice. Wan Azirul said Huong hurried away from Kim and “her hand gestures showed she was uncomfortable.” She walked swiftly to a restroom, keeping her hands partially raised and away from her body. Prosecutors said previously the women knew they were handling poison when they killed Kim. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. … [Read more...] about Video in Malaysian court shows practice before Kim attack
Caption Close SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the trial in Malaysia of two women accused of killing North Korean ruler's half brother (all times local): 3 p.m. A Malaysian police officer has testified that an airport security video shows one of the women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader apparently practicing on another person before the actual attack. The two women are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face at a busy Malaysian airport terminal. Their lawyers have said they thought they were taking part in a harmless prank for a hidden camera TV show. Police officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz told the court Tuesday that the earlier security video shows Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong softly wiping something on the face of a person from behind in the same area of the airport as the attack. He said when the person turned around, Huong clasped her hands together and bowed slightly as if she was apologizing before retreating … [Read more...] about The Latest: Police say suspect practiced before Kim’s murder
Photo A Ryanair flight at Stansted Airport near London last month. Flights from the airport were briefly halted on Wednesday because of security concerns. Credit Kevin Coombs/Reuters LONDON — A Royal Air Force fighter jet was seen escorting a Ryanair plane into Stansted Airport, north of London, on Wednesday, and the police said a flight from Lithuania had been diverted because of a security alert.The police said the plane landed safely at around 8:55 a.m. and that passengers had been escorted off the flight.Stansted Airport said in a statement that the flight, which originated in Kaunas, Lithuania, had landed safely, where it was met by police officers. Flight operations had been briefly halted, the airport said, but flights were subsequently “arriving and departing as normal.”As photographs and videos of the fighter jet … [Read more...] about Fighter Jet Seen Escorting Ryanair Flight Into Stansted Airport in U.K.