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Paris attacks ‘mastermind’ killed in police raid

PARIS -UNS : The militant belonging to the self-styled Islamic State (IS) suspected of masterminding the Paris attacks was killed during a major police raid, prosecutors confirmed on Thursday, as French lawmakers voted to extend a state of emergency imposed after the carnage. Abdelhamid Abaaoud …

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Arsonists attack another migrant centre in Sweden

STOCKHOLM – Arsonists attacked a centre housing asylum seekers in a small town in southern Sweden early Tuesday in the latest attack linked to the growing influx of migrants. Since the start of the year, there have been more than a dozen arson attacks targeting …

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Migrant crisis: Slovenia braces as Hungary shuts border

Hundreds of migrants have arrived in Slovenia by bus from Croatia, after Hungary shut its border with Croatia to try to stem the numbers arriving en route to Western Europe. Hungary closed its Croatia frontier on Friday and now says it is reintroducing controls on …

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German interior minister aims to toughen asylum law

BERLIN (AFP) – Germany s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is seeking to toughen asylum laws by sending migrants back to the first European Union country they reached and by reducing benefits, under a draft law seen by AFP Thursday. The draft, which has not …

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Asylum seeking Muslims converting to Christianity in Germany

BERLIN: Mohammed Ali bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Islam?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Yes,” Ali fervently replies. Spreading his hands in blessing, Martens then baptises the man “in the …

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Britain, Iran to reopen embassies on Sunday

LONDON – Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he would reopen the UK s embassy in Iran on Sunday, four years on since it was trashed by a mob, as Tehran s ties warm with the West. Iran s embassy in London will reopen at the …

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‘Door open to discussions’ on Greece: Hollande, Merkel

PARIS (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but called on Athens to make detailed proposals. “The door is open to discussions and it is now up …

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French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande vowed Monday to introduce tougher penalties for “racist, anti-semitic or homophobic” remarks in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Speaking at an annual dinner hosted by the country’s Jewish community, Hollande called for “faster, more effective sanctions” …

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Merkel says has ‘no illusions’ after Ukraine deal, ‘big hurdles’ remain

MINSK – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she had “no illusions” after a Ukraine ceasefire deal hammered out at marathon talks in Minsk and that “big hurdles” remained in ending the 10-month conflict in the ex-Soviet country. “We now have a glimmer of hope,” …

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Almost half French oppose publishing anti-Islam cartoons: poll

PARIS (AFP) – Almost half of French oppose publication of cartoons depicting Islam s Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), according to a poll Sunday, as global debate deepened on the limits of free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings. The Ifop poll found 42 …

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