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Protesters storm Macedonia parliament

Protesters storm Macedonia parliament

SKOPJE – Protesters stormed into Macedonia’s parliament on Thursday after a vote to elect an ethnic Albanian as parliamentary speaker. Demonstrators from the United Macedonia initiative forced entry into the building in Skopje. Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev was left with blood pouring down his face after fights broke out. The protesters, supporters of ex-prime […]

Security dominates French election

Security dominates French election

PARIS – The killing of a policeman by a suspected Islamist militant pushed national security to the top of the French political agenda on Friday, two days before the presidential election. With the first round of voting in the two-stage election taking place on Sunday, far-right nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen promised tougher immigration and […]

RUSSIA – Supreme court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

RUSSIA – Supreme court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

MOSCOW – Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday banned Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating anywhere in the country, accepting a request from the justice ministry that the religious organization be considered an extremist group. The court ordered the closure of the group’s Russian headquarters and its 395 local chapters, as well as the seizure of its property. […]

GERMANY – ‘Islamist’ suspect held over team bus attack

GERMANY – ‘Islamist’ suspect held over team bus attack

DORTMUND – German police have detained a suspect with “Islamist links” following a bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund football team. Prosecutors also said the three explosive devices contained metal pieces. Two letters claiming the attack on Tuesday evening were being investigated, they said. Prosecutors are treating the blasts as a terrorist […]

FRANCE – French refugee camp reduced to ashes

FRANCE – French refugee camp reduced to ashes

PARIS – A huge fire ripped through a migrant camp in northern France late Monday razing it to the ground and leaving several people injured. Large numbers of migrants and refugees — including unaccompanied children — have been left homeless, according to an aid agency. The fire, which destroyed wooden shelters at the Linière camp […]

ITALY – G7 seeks united front

ITALY – G7 seeks united front

ROME – G7 nations are meeting in Italy to try to hammer out a unified approach to the Syria conflict, in the wake of last week’s suspected chemical attack. Foreign ministers will seek to pressure Russia to distance itself from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said possible sanctions against Russian military […]

SWEDEN – Deadly truck attack

SWEDEN – Deadly truck attack

STOCKHOLM –– A truck plowed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing four people and wounding 15 in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack. Swedish police said they had arrested one person after earlier circulating a picture of a […]

RUSSIA – Funny business

RUSSIA – Funny business

MOSCOW – It is now illegal in Russia to distribute any images that depict President Vladimir Putin wearing makeup and implying he is gay. The Justice Ministry in Moscow has included one of them among a registry of “extremist materials,” along with others such as anti-Semitic and racist pictures and slogans. The punishment for offenders […]

RUSSIA – Seven arrested

RUSSIA – Seven arrested

ST PETERSBURG — As part of a sweeping hunt for any accomplices of the St Petersburg suicide bomber, investigators Wednesday rounded up seven suspected Islamic State recruiters from the Central Asia region of the former Soviet Union but found no immediate evidence of their involvement in the subway attack. The Investigative Committee hasn’t caught any […]

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