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France gunman summoned by anti-terror police before attack: source

France gunman summoned by anti-terror police before attack: source

The Islamist gunman who killed four people in southern France last week had been summoned by anti-terror police for questioning shortly before his shooting rampage, a police source told AFP Tuesday. Radouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old Moroccan-born French national, had been on a list of...

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French police investigate possible anti-Semitic killing in Paris

French police investigate possible anti-Semitic killing in Paris

French police are investigating whether the death of an elderly Jewish woman stabbed and burnt to death in her Paris apartment last week was an anti-Semitic murder, a judicial source said Monday. Mirelle Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, was found dead Friday inside the...

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IMF's Lagarde proposes 'rainy day fund' for euro zone

IMF's Lagarde proposes 'rainy day fund' for euro zone

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Monday proposed creating a "rainy day fund" for the euro zone to help cushion members of the currency union in future economic downturns. In a speech in Berlin, Lagarde hailed a "sustained and broadly shared upswing" in...

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Puigdemont in German court as arrest ignites Catalan protests

Puigdemont in German court as arrest ignites Catalan protests

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is to appear in court Monday following his arrest in Germany which triggered a wave of protests in Catalonia where thousands of separatists faced off with police. German police arrested Puigdemont Sunday, after he crossed the border from...

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World united behind Britain over Russian ex-spy poisoning: UK defense secretary

World united behind Britain over Russian ex-spy poisoning: UK defense secretary

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Monday that the world was united behind Britain's stance over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter and it sent a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Britain has blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on...

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Kremlin: British accusations over Skripal poisoning

Kremlin: British accusations over Skripal poisoning "border on banditry"

Britain's accusations that Moscow was behind the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in England "border on banditry", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by RIA news agency on Sunday. "We are stating that this is quite unprecedented - international...

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Memorial mass in France for heroic officer, other victims

Memorial mass in France for heroic officer, other victims

A shaken town in southern France is holding a special church service to honor the heroic police officer and three others killed in a rampage by an Islamic extremist. The bishop of the nearby medieval city of Carcassonne, Alain Planet, is leading Sunday's mass at the...

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Poisoned Russian spy 'sought pardon from Putin': report

Poisoned Russian spy 'sought pardon from Putin': report

Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy poisoned in Britain, wrote to President Vladimir Putin several years ago asking for a pardon for selling secrets to British intelligence, a friend told the BBC on Saturday. Vladimir Timoshkov said his old school friend -- who had moved to Britain...

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Finland ready to arrest Puigdemont on European warrant

Finland ready to arrest Puigdemont on European warrant

Finnish police said Saturday they were seeking to arrest Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont under a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, but did not know his whereabouts. Puigdemont, who lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium, has been visiting Finland since Thursday for...

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Italy elects parliament speakers, but still no government

Italy elects parliament speakers, but still no government

Italian lawmakers have elected the speakers of both chambers of parliament following an inconclusive March 4 election, giving the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement leadership of one chamber and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia the other. Forza Italia Sen. Maria Elisabetta Alberti...

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French police officer who took place of hostage dies

French police officer who took place of hostage dies

 A gendarme who voluntarily took the place of a hostage during a deadly supermarket siege in southwestern France on Friday has died, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. Arnaud Beltrame, who once served in Iraq, had been raced to hospital fighting for his life after the siege in...

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Greek PM says counts on EU support over Greek soldiers detained in Turkey

Greek PM says counts on EU support over Greek soldiers detained in Turkey

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will continue its bilateral efforts to secure the release of two Greek soldiers detained in Turkey but is also counting on the support of its European allies, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday. The soldiers’ case has heightened tension between...

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France: Suspect killed in terror hostage standoff

France: Suspect killed in terror hostage standoff

Following a deadly hostage standoff at a supermarket, a gunman in southern France was killed by security forces, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. "The hostage-taker was shot," Collomb told a press conference in the town of Trebes, in the Aude department, at the scene of...

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EU plans tougher consumer laws for Facebook, Gmail

EU plans tougher consumer laws for Facebook, Gmail

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is planning to apply tougher consumer laws to social media networks and email providers like Facebook (FB.O) and Google’s Gmail (GOOGL.O) as scrutiny of data protection grows in the wake of an outcry over Facebook’s handling of data. Under the...

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SWAT teams surround site of hostage standoff

SWAT teams surround site of hostage standoff

Police SWAT teams on Friday surrounded a supermarket in the town of Trebes, southern France, where at least one gunman is holding several people hostage. The entire area is in lockdown, in what Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, in Paris, described as a "serious situation."...

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Spain charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellion

Spain charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellion

A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Friday charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians, including fugitive former regional president Carles Puigdemont, with rebellion for their attempt to declare independence from Spain. Judge Pablo Llarena's indictment wrapped up the investigation into the...

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Man holds hostages in French supermarket, claims allegiance to Daesh - BFM TV

Man holds hostages in French supermarket, claims allegiance to Daesh - BFM TV

A man holding hostages in a supermarket in southwestern France has claimed allegiance to Daesh (ISIS), BFM TV said. Europe 1 radio also said an individual was holding hostages in the supermarket. Earlier, France's Interior Ministry had said security officials were carrying out...

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Sarkozy says will clear name, has 'finished' in politics

Sarkozy says will clear name, has 'finished' in politics

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to clear his name on Friday after being charged for allegedly financing his 2007 election campaign with money from late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but said he was "finished" in politics. "It might take me one, two, 10 years but I'll...

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