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Cardiff University – Detecting riots with Twitter

Cardiff University – Detecting riots with Twitter

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Social media can be an invaluable source of information for police when managing major disruptive events, new research from Cardiff University has shown. An analysis of data taken from the London riots in 2011 showed that computer systems could automatically scan through Twitter and detect serious incidents, such as shops being broken in to and cars being set alight, before they were reported to the Metropolitan Police Service. The computer system could also discern information about where the riots were rumoured to take place and where groups of youths were gathering. The new research, published in the peer-review journal ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, showed that on average the computer systems could pick up on disruptive events several minutes before officials and over an
A Mosque in Germany has banned the burqa

A Mosque in Germany has banned the burqa

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The country's very first "liberal" mosque is set to open its doors on Friday in the capital - and inside a Protestant church. The brainchild behind the mosque is feminist, peace activist and lawyer Seyran Ates, who moved to Germany from Turkey at the age of six. It will allow men and women to pray and preach together rather than separately. “Fundamentally, the mosque’s door is open for everyone, with one exception: No one will come in with a niqab or burqa,” Ates told Spiegel Online. “This is for security reasons, and also it is our belief that full-face veils have nothing to do with religion, but rather are a political statement.” Lesbians, gay men, and transgender believers will also be welcome. Ates explained that she felt it was “ultimately irresponsible” as a progressive

Terror threat level in Manchester to remain at critical

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the UK terror threat level will remain at critical. Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee this morning, Ms Rudd disclosed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has assessed that the terror threat level should remain at critical while the “live” police operation continues. The rating was raised to critical, the highest level, for the first time in a decade in the wake of the Manchester outrage. It indicates that an attack may be imminent. Extra armed officers for FA Cup final Extra armed police will guard major sporting events this weekend after the military was drafted in to protect key locations. Soldiers have been stationed at sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, fre