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‘Obsessed’ security guard hatched plan to kidnap, rape and murder Holly Willoughby, court told | UK News

‘Obsessed’ security guard hatched plan to kidnap, rape and murder Holly Willoughby, court told | UK News

[ad_1] An “obsessed” security guard plotted to break into Holly Willoughby’s family home and knock her out with chloroform so he could kidnap, rape and murder her, a court has heard. Gavin Plumb, 37, allegedly hatched the “graphic” and “sexually motivated” plans over more than two years as he tried to recruit accomplices online. Chelmsford Crown Court heard he boasted of trying to abduct two air hostesses from trains and falsely imprisoning two 16-year-old girls to “bolster his credibility”. Killing Willoughby was suspect’s ‘ultimate fantasy’, court told | Trial as it happened Prosecutors allege his past convictions – which included tying a teenager’s hands behind her back with rope and tape, and using an imitation firearm – showed he knew “what it would take to terrify and overpower a woman”. But Plumb, from Harlow, in Essex, unwittingly disclosed his plans to an undercover US police officer, who alerted the authorities in the UK and disrupted his plans to carry out “catastrophic violence” against Willoughby, the court heard. A jury was told he had more than …

USDA suspends avocado inspections in Michoacán, Mexico over security concerns

USDA suspends avocado inspections in Michoacán, Mexico over security concerns

[ad_1] The United States has suspended inspections of avocados and mangoes in the western Mexican state of Michoacán over security fears, a U.S. official said Monday. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a statement that the decision followed “security concerns” for personnel and said that inspection programs “will remain paused until the security situation is reviewed and protocols and safeguards are in place.” The shipments already in transit would not be affected, and checks in other states are not affected, said the spokesperson, who could not be named due to agency policy. Mexico is the world’s largest producer of avocados — a staple in the diets of many Americans who love it on their toast, or made into guacamole, particularly during the Super Bowl. The United States imported a record 2.78 billion pounds of fresh avocados in 2023, with 89 percent of those imports coming from Mexico, according to the USDA. Michoacán Gov. Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla told reporters Monday that he has been in constant contact with U.S. officials to …

Euro 2024: How Germany is ramping up security for ‘high-risk’ England game | World News

Euro 2024: How Germany is ramping up security for ‘high-risk’ England game | World News

[ad_1] Germany is ramping up security ahead of the start of Euro 2024, with England’s tie against Serbia seen by police as high risk. The heightened security in Gelsenkirchen for England’s opening group game on Sunday means fans will be served lower alcohol beer in the stadium and will not be able to drink in the stands. Policing will be more challenging as UEFA has asked for barriers to be removed and both sides will be seated close together, with two-thirds of tickets going to mixed areas. “I think it’s a very high-risk game because of the history, because of the hooligans both sides have,” Chief Inspector Christof Burghardt told Sky News. “Serbia has many hooligans. The English guys, with alcohol, they are sometimes very aggressive. So it’s a great job to do this, to prepare, so that hopefully nothing will happen.” Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:55 England will play against Serbia on 16 June in their first game of the tournament Ahead of the game, we joined officers …

From security to coverage: seven things sellers need to know about payments | Elavon. Your World of Payments

From security to coverage: seven things sellers need to know about payments | Elavon. Your World of Payments

[ad_1] “Kerr-ching” – the sound of an old-fashioned cash register symbolises that magic moment when a customer taps, swipes, clicks or phones in a transaction and a sale is made. But with an ever-expanding roll of payment methods for online, mobile and physical storefronts, and an intricate web of software systems involved, the process behind that metaphorical sound of success gets more complex by the day. Finding a seamless payment system that takes care of the process while leaving the seller to get down to business is crucial. Whether they are retailers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, bar owners or e-commerce merchants, sellers want reassurance that their payment system is secure, speedy, cost effective and compliant with regulations. To help businesses to navigate the terrain, here are seven essential things sellers need to know about payment systems and how they work. 1. Payment methodsThese have come a long way since the old days of the zip-zap machine and the magnetic stripe. In its place we have chip and PIN, where the customer inserts their card and enters a …

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup clash prompts New York to beef up security | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup News

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup clash prompts New York to beef up security | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup News

[ad_1] State governor says there are no ‘credible threats’ to the tournament or the India-Pakistan match on June 9. Security arrangements in New York will be “elevated” for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, especially ahead of the marquee clash between India and Pakistan at Eisenhower Park in Long Island, the state’s governor has said. The South Asian rivals are set to meet at the Nassau County Stadium in Eisenhower Park, Long Island on June 9 in a Group A fixture that is expected to be a sellout, attracting tens of thousands of cricket fans to New York. “In preparation for the @cricketworldcup, my team has been working with federal & local law enforcement to keep attendees safe,” Governor Kathy Hochul wrote in a post on X on Wednesday but added that there was “no credible threat at this time”. Hochul said she had asked the state police to elevate security measures and the state will “continue to monitor” them in the lead-up to the tournament. In preparation for the @cricketworldcup, my team has been …

Hong Kong Convicts 14 Democracy Activists in Largest National Security Trial

Hong Kong Convicts 14 Democracy Activists in Largest National Security Trial

[ad_1] Fourteen democracy activists in Hong Kong were convicted on Thursday on national security charges, adding to the ranks of dozens of others — once the vanguard of the city’s opposition — who may now become a generation of political prisoners. The authorities had accused 47 pro-democracy figures, including Benny Tai, a former law professor, and Joshua Wong, a protest leader and founder of a student group, of conspiracy to commit subversion. Thirty-one of them had earlier pleaded guilty. On Thursday, judges picked by Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader convicted 14 of the remaining activists and acquitted two others. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The convictions show how the authorities have used the sweeping powers of a national security law imposed by Beijing to quash dissent across broad swathes of society. Most of the defendants had already spent at least the last three years in detention before the 118-day trial ended. Some of those accused are former lawmakers who joined politics after Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule by the British …

‘TunnelVision’ Attack Leaves Nearly All VPNs Vulnerable to Spying

‘TunnelVision’ Attack Leaves Nearly All VPNs Vulnerable to Spying

[ad_1] Researchers have devised an attack against nearly all virtual private network applications that forces them to send and receive some or all traffic outside of the encrypted tunnel designed to protect it from snooping or tampering. TunnelVision, as the researchers have named their attack, largely negates the entire purpose and selling point of VPNs, which is to encapsulate incoming and outgoing Internet traffic in an encrypted tunnel and to cloak the user’s IP address. The researchers believe it affects all VPN applications when they’re connected to a hostile network and that there are no ways to prevent such attacks except when the user’s VPN runs on Linux or Android. They also said their attack technique may have been possible since 2002 and may already have been discovered and used in the wild since then. Reading, Dropping, or Modifying VPN Traffic The effect of TunnelVision is that “the victim’s traffic is now decloaked and being routed through the attacker directly,” a video demonstration explained. “The attacker can read, drop or modify the leaked traffic and …

As Rafah hangs in the balance, will Bibi defy Biden? – POLITICO

As Rafah hangs in the balance, will Bibi defy Biden? – POLITICO

[ad_1] It’s true. While American Democrats, who have long been urging for conditions to be placed on arms transfers, argue that Biden’s been underestimating Washington’s clout, the history of U.S.-Israeli relations suggests his leverage may not be as great as some progressives think. Sometimes bare-knuckle pressure works, sometimes not — and particularly less so when Israeli leaders believe their actions are fundamental to their national security. Indeed, Netanyahu is just the latest in a long line of Israeli leaders who brazenly disregarded U.S. presidents. Ben-Gurion, the country’s first prime minister, engaged in a battle of wills with Kennedy over Israel’s nuclear program. Reagan was furious with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin over Israel’s bomb raids on west Beirut in 1982, nine weeks into the Israeli invasion of Lebanon (though Reagan’s suspension of the delivery of did bring Begin round). And George H.W. Bush was one of several U.S. presidents who tried to halt Israeli settlement encroachments in the West Bank to little avail. In 2007, Olmert himself went ahead and targeted a suspected nuclear reactor …

Armenian protesters vow to oust prime minister – POLITICO

Armenian protesters vow to oust prime minister – POLITICO

[ad_1] “Pashinyan needs to go,” one middle-aged demonstrator told POLITICO, saying he preferred not to give his name as he feared reprisals. Asked who should take his place as prime minister, or how another leader would avoid conflict with Azerbaijan while still keeping the four villages, the demonstrator said: “Someone else will have a better plan.” Pashinyan has hailed the surrender of the four villages as a major step toward normalizing relations with Azerbaijan — the two countries have fought regularly since the fall of the USSR in 1991 — and respecting its international legal obligations. “We are reproducing the [legal] borders … at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union,” he said last week. Earlier the same day, officials in Yerevan and Moscow confirmed that Russian border guards — stationed along Armenia’s frontiers with Azerbaijan since the 1990s — had been asked to leave their posts and begin withdrawing. In recent years, Armenia has frozen its membership in the Russian-led CSTO military alliance, which refused its calls for support when Azerbaijan launched …

Russia to withdraw troops from Armenia’s border – POLITICO

Russia to withdraw troops from Armenia’s border – POLITICO

[ad_1] Asked whether the withdrawal of the Russian border guards, formally part of the country’s FSB security service, had been discussed at the meeting, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said “yes,” according to state newswire TASS. On Sunday, long convoys of Russian military vehicles were seen leaving Armenia’s border regions, heading toward the capital, Yerevan. Dozens of Russian military vehicles were spotted leaving Armenia’s Syunik and Vayots Dzor provinces Sunday. | Gabriel Gavin/POLITICO Relations between Moscow and the former Soviet republic have hit historic lows in recent years. The Russian-led CSTO military alliance, of which Armenia is a member, refused requests from Yerevan to intervene when Azerbaijan began an offensive against the country in September 2022. Pashinyan has also accused Russian peacekeepers, deployed to Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region following a war in 2020, of abandoning their posts when Azerbaijani troops launched an offensive to conquer the territory, sparking a mass exodus of its 100,000 ethnic Armenian residents. Armenia’s foreign ministry said Wednesday that the country will no longer make financial contributions to the CSTO, after …