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A High Court judge has ruled that the British army will be allowed to install high-velocity missiles on the roof of a high-rise building to provide security during the London Olympics later this month.

Tenants in the Fred Wigg Tower public housing project had argued that the missile installations endangered their families.

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“It’s kind of scary now, to be honest,” resident Iqbal Hossain said. “If it’s about safety for the Olympics, what about safety for us? If there is a terrorist attack, the first thing they are going to attack is the missiles.”

But Justice Charles Haddon-Cave agreed with the Ministry of Defense’s assertion that residents were “under something of a misapprehension” about the risks.

“The law and the facts militate against the claim for judicial review,” the judge said. “In my judgment the MoD’s voluntary engagement with the community and residents in this matter were immaculate.”

The Rapier high-velocity missile systems that the British army plans to install in at Fred Wigg Tower and one other high-rise building are capable of shooting down a Boeing 747 or other fixed-wing hijacked aircraft.

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In all, six London locations are expected to have surface-to-air missiles.

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President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.

"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."

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The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.

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