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Driver of van that rammed Muslims in London was Caucasion born in Singapore: Daily Mirror

The driver of the van that ploughed into worshippers near a London mosque in the early hours of Monday, injuring 10 people, two of them seriously, has been identified as a 47-year-old father of four who was born in Singapore, public records show, according to the Daily Mirror.

The newspaper identified him in its online report as Darren Osborne, who lives with his partner and four children in Cardiff, Wales, the paper reported former friends saying. He was grabbed at the scene by locals and pinned down until police arrived. The BBC later also named Obsorne as the alleged driver of the van. 

The man has not yet been named by police. He was held on suspicion of attempted murder which was later extended to preparing or instigating terrorism, including murder and attempted murder.

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US student Otto Warmbier, who was returned from North Korea in coma, dies

 US student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months before being returned home in a coma less than a week ago, has died in a Cincinnati hospital, his family said in a statement on Monday (June 19).

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,”the family said in a statement

Warmbier died at 2:20 pm ET (2:20 am Tuesday Singapore time) at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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Britain, EU play up chance of deal as clock ticks towards Brexit

The European Union said after a first day of talks on Britain’s exit from the 28-member bloc that the clock was ticking on negotiations, but British Brexit minister David Davis said he was optimistic they would yield a swift and good outcome.

The Brussels talks began almost a year after Britain unexpectedly voted in a referendum to leave the EU and less than two weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her overall majority in snap elections that raised questions about the stability of the government the EU faces.

“The clock is ticking,” EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier told a joint news conference with Davis, adding that an orderly withdrawal was essential for both Britain and the EU. A fair deal for both sides was possible, he said.

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Car drives into police vehicle on Champs Elysees, suspect dies

A 31-year-old man on a jihadist watchlist rammed the  car loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs- Elysees on Monday (June 19) but inflicted no casualties, in the latest of a string of attacks in Paris, sources said.  

The assailant died in the incident, although investigators offered no immediate details about the cause of his death. There was no early claim of responsibility for the assault.  

The attack – which occurred just a short distance from where a jihadist shot dead a police officer, two months earlier – was carried out by an individual who had been on France’s security watchlist since 2015 for membership of “the radical Islamist movement,” sources close to the probe said.  

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Scoot’s first long-haul flight to Athens takes off

Low-cost carrier Scoot’s first long-haul flight to Europe took off from Changi Airport at 2.45am on Tuesday(June 20), with 316 passengers on board.

The 111/2-hour flight to Athens, Greece on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the longest flight operated by Scoot, with the flight distance exceeding 10,000 km.

On board the inaugural flight was marketer Hendric Tay, 29, who was on his second trip to Greece.

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