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Australian teen jailed over foiled plot to set off bomb
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian teenager who was planning to set off a homemade bomb similar to the one used in the Boston Marathon bombings was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison.
Victoria state Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry sentenced the 18-year-old over the foiled plot to set off the device in Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne. The teen had previously pleaded guilty to obtaining documents relating to an improvised explosive device and partially constructing the device in preparation for a terror act. He had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The teen cannot be named because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.
Police raided his home last year and found a pressure cooker, boxes of screws he planned to use as shrapnel, and a guide on how to make a bomb out of a pressure cooker.
Prosecutors said the teen's device was similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon attack.
China's aircraft carrier to drill in Western Pacific
Chinese J-15 fighter jets waiting on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Bohai Sea. Photo by AFP China's first aircraft carrier will carry out drills in the Western Pacific, in what the navy called part of routine exercises, but amid renewed tension over self-ruled Taiwan that Beijing claims as its own. The navy said in a statement late on Saturday the Liaoning, along with its accompanying fleet, would conduct "exercises far out at sea", without giving… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
British banker pleads 'not guilty' to Hong Kong murders
Hong Kong (AFP) - British banker Rurik Jutting pleaded "not guilty" to two charges of murder Monday as he stood trial for the killings of two Indonesian women who were found in his upscale Hong Kong apartment.On the first day of what is Hong Kong's biggest murder case for years, Jutting, 31, entered his official plea for the first time at the city's High Court."Not guilty to murder by reason of diminished responsibility, but guilty to manslaughter," a calm Jutting said when entering his plea… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Bid to speed transplants with hepatitis C-infected kidneys
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some patients facing a years-long wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They're agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.Knowingly transmitting a dangerous virus may sound drastic but two leading transplant centers are betting the strategy will save lives — if new medications that promise to cure hepatitis C allow use of organs that today go to waste.Pilot studies are under way at the University of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Hertha Berlin's 4th defeat in 5 games as Freiburg wins 2-1
BERLIN (AP) — Freiburg held on for a 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin that denied the visiting side the chance to go third in the Bundesliga on Sunday.Hertha displayed no urgency to attack, leading to jeers from home fans as the ball made its way between goalkeeper Rune Jarstein and his defenders.Hertha's Per Skejlbred fired wide in the game's first shot at goal in the 37th, two minutes before Janik Haberer broke the deadlock at the other end for Freiburg.Hertha improved after the break — Vladimir… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Spike in British visitors to Croatia
The Croatian National Tourist Board has released tourism data, revealing a significant 36 per cent increase in UK overnight stays so far in 2016 compared to 2015. According to official data collected by the National Statistical Office, between January and April this year Croatia achieved 28,080 arrivals and 97,111 overnight stays from the UK, compared to 21,292 arrivals and 70,952 overnights stays in the same period last year. The total number of overnight stays in Croatia in the same period… chat_bubble_outline Read More...