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Last updated on July 23rd, 2017 at 07:33 am
A new mood is abroad following last week’s London attacks. In Italy:
Police raided scores of homes and detained 174 people across Italy on Wednesday in a sweeping anti-terrorism crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.
Bella! In the US:
A prominent Islamic scholar who exhorted his followers after the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.
Ali al-Timimi of Fairfax was convicted in April of soliciting others to levy war against the United States, inducing others to aid the Taliban, and inducing others to use firearms in violation of federal law.
Yee haw! Woot! Woot! In Britain:
Tony Blair today said he intended to tighten the Government’s controversial anti-terror laws after the London bombings which claimed 52 lives.
Mr Blair also said measures were in hand to fast-track the deportation of radical priests, to prevent them from spreading what he described as their “evil and extreme ideology”, springing from a “perverted and poisonous misinterpretation of Islam”.
Jolly good show, what what! In France:
France has activated a clause in the Schengen open borders agreement enabling it to reintroduce border controls within the European Union, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said.
‘If we don’t reinforce border controls when around 50 people die in London, I don’t know when I would do it,’ Sarkozy said on the sidelines of a meeting of EU interior ministers.
Charles Aznavour! And in Australia:
Over the next three weeks, the government will spend more than $2 million on new ads asking Australians to be vigilant but not alarmed about the terrorist threat.
Er … yay us.
UPDATE. Oh, great:
A proposal for a national identity card is being examined by the Howard Government as a way of improving border security and countering the threat of terrorism.