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Aus­tralian po­lice dis­rupted a plot to bring down an air­plane and ar­rested four men in raids on homes in sev­eral Sydney sub­urbs, the prime min­is­ter said Sun­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said that se­cu­rity has been in­creased at Sydney Air­port since Thurs­day be­cause of the plot. The in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures were ex­tended to all ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic ter­mi­nals around Aus­tralia overnight.

“I can re­port last night that there has been a ma­jor joint coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion to dis­rupt a ter­ror­ist plot to bring down an air­plane,” Turn­bull told re­porters. “The op­er­a­tion is con­tin­u­ing.”

Fam­ily calls for peace af­ter Lon­don protests.

The fam­ily of a young black man who died fol­low­ing a Lon­don po­lice chase ap­pealed for peace Satur­day, a day af­ter street protests over his death turned vi­o­lent.

Rel­a­tives held a vigil out­side an east Lon­don po­lice sta­tion for 20-yearold Rashan Charles, who died in a hos­pi­tal last week af­ter he was pur­sued and ap­pre­hended by an of­fi­cer in the cap­i­tal’s Hack­ney area.

Clashes broke out on the streets of east Lon­don late Fri­day as riot po­lice tried to dis­perse pro­test­ers, who hurled bot­tles and fire­works at of­fi­cers, bar­ri­caded a road with garbage cans and mat­tresses, and later set the ob­jects on fire. An of­fi­cer was in­jured and a 17-year-old boy was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing bod­ily harm.

Iran ob­jects to warn­ing shot. IRAN» Iran’s

TEHRAN, elite Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard said Satur­day a U.S. Navy air­craft car­rier fired a warn­ing shot in an “un­pro­fes­sional” con­fronta­tion with Ira­nian ves­sels, the of­fi­cial IRNA news agency re­ported.

IRNA quoted a state­ment from the Guard as say­ing that the USS Nimitz and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing ship came near an Ira­nian oil off­shore plat­form in the Per­sian Gulf and a he­li­copter from the ship hov­ered near ves­sels manned by Iran’s elite Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard.

The re­port said the con­fronta­tion took place Fri­day af­ter­noon and the U.S. navy ships left the area fol­low­ing the en­counter.

Ab­bas gets clean bill of health.


» Palestinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, 82, un­der­went a checkup at a West Bank hos­pi­tal on Satur­day and his doc­tors said the re­sults were good.

Ab­bas un­der­went rou­tine checks, in­clud­ing blood tests and X-rays at the pri­vate Al Istishari Hos­pi­tal near the West Bank town of Ramallah, and left af­ter 90 min­utes, said the hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor, Dr. Fathi Abu Mughli. Ab­bas has suf­fered heart prob­lems in the past, but his doc­tors said he is fine.

Cities ban cars for one day.


The Cen­tral Asian coun­try of Turkmenistan on Satur­day banned most res­i­dents in its ma­jor cities from us­ing their cars for a day in a bid to pro­mote cy­cling and a healthy life­style.

Res­i­dents of the cap­i­tal, Ashgabat, and re­gional cities were told not to use their ve­hi­cles be­tween 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Satur­day with­out ex­press per­mis­sion as the govern­ment staged mass cy­cle rides that were to in­clude top of­fi­cials.

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