This Morning’s Headlines 31 Jan

British Police Arrest 8 Terror Suspects

Counterterrorism police arrested eight men in an alleged kidnapping plot during pre-dawn raids Wednesday, police said, while a broadcaster reported the suspects wanted to abduct a British Muslim soldier and behead him. Police would not comment on Sky News reports about that, or about a plan to post the beheading on the Internet. Counterterrorism officials speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation said the plot was the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

The potential victim was in police custody, Sky reported, saying the kidnapping was going to be an “Iraq-style” execution.

N.Korea eyes 2nd test if dispute not resolved

BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korea will feel compelled to announce plans for another nuclear test if a financial dispute with Washington is not resolved, a source said on Wednesday, a sign of Pyongyang’s impatience with a lack of progress in talks.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Daniel Glaser resumed talks with North Korean officials in Beijing on Tuesday over the dispute over currency counterfeiting. He said the talks were inching forward and had “established a framework” for more negotiations.

New York sees first death sentence passed for 50 years

A man who shot two undercover police officers in the head has become the first person in more than 50 years to be sentenced to death in a federal case in New York and could become the first man executed there since the 1960s.

Ronell Wilson, 24, from Staten Island, stuck his tongue out at the family of his victims after his sentence was delivered.

Global meth bust includes 20 Arizona labs

Maricopa County authorities were involved on Tuesday with an international drug bust that dismantled at least 100 meth-making labs worldwide, including 20 in Arizona. A Scottish couple is suspected of supplying chemicals to make methamphetamine to people around the world and now faces extradition to the U.S.

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