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LONDON (AP) — A 14-year-old British boy planned and organized a major terror plot to kill police officers in Australia that could have left several people dead, a prosecutor said Thursday

Prosecution lawyer Paul Greaney said the boy, radicalized by online propaganda from the Islamic State group, plotted the attack “from the bedroom of his parents’ suburban home” in Blackburn, northwestern England.

BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a suspect in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local):

6 p.m.

Thai authorities say a foreigner arrested in connection with the deadly Bangkok bombing was found in possession of illegal explosives and a number of passports.

Police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said in a televised statement that police also found bomb making materials such as detonators and a metal pipe with lids, apparently meant to be used as a bomb.

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Nearly 20 years after 19 U.S. Airman were killed and another 372 were wounded, the designer of the terrorist plot that targeted the U.S. Air Force barracks at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia is finally in custody.

The Iran Deal is the biggest nuclear story of the decade. Yet most Americans are paying little attention. Even the 70th anniversary of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan stirred little interest. Today, nuclear weapons are pretty much “out of sight, out of mind.”

That’s quite a change from the Cold War era, when an entire generation of Americans was raised on worrying about “duck and cover.”

In America, writes Yale professor Paul Bracken, “[n]uclear weapons are considered a relic of the Cold War.” And that’s a dangerous conceit.