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UK: Taxi explosion in Liverpool was bomb
British authorities raised the country’s threat level to its second-highest rung Nov. 15, after police said a blast in a taxi outside a Liverpool hospital was caused by a homemade bomb.
Investigators said they were treating the Nov. 14 explosion — which killed the suspected bombmaker and injured the cab driver — as a terrorist incident, but that the motive was unclear.
Counterterrorism police named the dead man as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen. Three men in their 20s were arrested in the city Nov. 14 under the Terrorism Act. (AP)
UK police called after report of drugs in Parliament
British parliamentary authorities are calling in the police after a newspaper reported that traces of cocaine had been found at numerous sites in Parliament.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said he was contacting police after The Sunday Times reported that illegal drugs were being used inside Parliament buildings.
The newspaper said tests using drug detection wipes found traces of cocaine in 11 locations that are only accessible by accredited parliamentary lawmakers, staff and journalists, including a washroom near the prime minister’s office. (AP)
These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.