London Bridge Attackers Had Tried To Hire 7.5 Ton Truck: Police

London Bridge Attack

The three Islamists who killed eight people after driving a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then attacking nearby revellers had initially tried to hire a 7.5 tonne truck, the head of the UK capital's counter-terrorism unit said on Friday.

Commander Dean Haydon also revealed that the men had a stockpile of petrol bombs in the back of their van and carried out their deadly attack with pink ceramic knives. Officers also discovered a Koran in their safe house, opened at a page on martyrdom.

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Northern Ireland Policeman Injured In 'Terrorist Gun Attack' In Belfast, Suspect Arrested

A man has been arrested after a Belfast police officer was injured in a suspected drive-by shooting on Sunday, in what Northern Ireland's Police Federation said amounted to a "terrorist gun attack".

The 36-year-old was arrested following the incident at a petrol station in north Belfast at around 7:30pm (1930 GMT), police said on Twitter.

The policeman was hit in the arm after several shots were fired and the officer was taken to hospital for surgery.

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Czech Republic & Hungary push for joint European army

Czech Republic & Hungary push for joint European army

The drive to create a joint European army appears to be gaining momentum with the Czech Republic and Hungary both speaking out in favor of deeper defense ties on the continent, in moves which are likely to rile NATO.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has championed the move to create a joint defense force on a number of occasions, says that a joint European army was needed to ensure security.

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Ireland need first win over Italy in 22 years to advance

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To stay in the European Championship, Ireland must do something it hasn’t done in more than two decades beat Italy in a competitive match. 

Any other result in Wednesday’s final Group E game at Stade Pierre Mauroy will send the Irish home. And even a win doesn’t guarantee advancement following a 1-1 draw with Sweden and a 3-0 loss to Belgium.

No such worries for Italy, though, as coach Antonio Conte led his team to two straight wins to secure first place in the group.

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