'Al-Qaeda on way to US to commit terror act'
A small Al-Qaeda cell is either on its way to the United States or may already be in the country to commit terrorist acts, senior American intelligence officials have said.
In light of the intelligence input, the White House has convened an urgent multi-agency meeting on Thursday to consider steps needed to minimize the threat and harden the security for government buildings.
A former FBI agent and now its consultant has been quoted as saying by ABC news that they have information that a cell or cells coming to the United States want to attack government facility.
Law enforcement officials were quoted as saying that the recent failed attacks in London have provided important new clues about possible tactics. The London attackers use of the Internet left important clues that are being used to decode other e-mails that had initially been deemed unimportant but are now taking on new significance.
The ABC report yesterday came on the same day the Chicago Tribune quoted Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as saying that the nations faces a heightened chance of attack this summer.
"I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk," Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune's editorial board in an unusually blunt and frank assessment of America's terror threat level.
"Summertime seems to be appealing to them," he said of Al-Qaeda. "We do worry that they are rebuilding their activities."
India's missions in Canada are enhancing their outreach to students from India as their numbers balloon along with a spate of incidents, including accidents, suicides, even murders. The latest such tragedy was reported on Sunday, when Peel Regional Police found the body of 20-year-old Navkiran Singh from Moga district in Punjab drowned in the Credit Valley River in Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area. No cause has yet been attributed for the death.
A no-confidence motion tabled by the Opposition against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday, media reports said. The motion by Opposition Tamil National Alliance MP M A Sumanthiran to suspend Parliament's standing orders in order to debate an expression of displeasure over President Rajapaksa was defeated with 119 MPs voting against it, the Economy Next newspaper reported. Only 68 MPs voted in favour of the motion, it said.
The United States hopes “India would reconsider” its decision to ban wheat exports which “will make the current global food shortage even worse”, an envoy said on Monday amid concerns with no end in sight for the Ukraine war. Agriculture ministers from the Group of Seven nations on Saturday also emphasised that India's decision to ban wheat exports would worsen the global food shortage.
Canada will quickly ratify the membership of Finland and Sweden in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), as and when it has been approved. Speaking to reporters during the course of a teleconference from Brussels, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly said such ratification has support from across party lines in Canada.
The United Kingdom on Tuesday accused Russia of being prepared for artillery use against inhabited civilian areas in Chernihiv, to the north of Ukraine's Capital, Kyiv, pointing to what it said was the 'scale of damage' to residential buildings caused by Moscow's troops in the region. The UK also projected that Moscow, in a bid to regain momentum in its advance in the Donbas area, would keep relying 'heavily' on massed artillery strikes.