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Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

A Moroccan man who admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for the attack that killed the imam. Rachid El-Boukhari, 35, had denied intending to kill the preacher at the main...

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Jail term of over four years sought for German Islamic State suspect

Jail term of over four years sought for German Islamic State suspect

(Reuters) - A state prosecutor on Friday demanded a prison term of over four years for a 20-year-old German man accused of fighting with Islamic State insurgents in Syria , in the first trial of its kind in Germany . The defendant, identified only as Kreshnik B., who was...

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France expels Tunisian recruiting nationals for Syria

France expels Tunisian recruiting nationals for Syria

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Saturday ordered with "the absolute urgency", the expulsion of a Tunisian man accused of recruiting young French nationals to join fighting in Syria. Following "the threat that his presence posed to public safety and security of the state,"...

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British fighters in Syria face passport ban

British fighters in Syria face passport ban

UK politicians have demanded that Britons fighting in Syria have their passports withdrawn, calling the step "a vital tool" in preventing people from joining foreign conflicts. The recommendation appeared in a 246-page counter-terrorism report , published on Friday, from the...

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Germany arrests three over alleged Syrian radical links

Germany arrests three over alleged Syrian radical links

German authorities arrested three people with alleged ties to a Syrian radical group Monday in police raids across the country, the federal prosecutor's office said. Two of the suspects, a German and a Turk, are believed to have travelled to Syria last year and joined the militant...

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Erdogan hails

Erdogan hails "great" election victory

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said he will build a “stronger democracy” after his ruling Justice and Development Party seemed set for a decisive local election victory on Sunday. Speaking to a cheering crowd of supporters at his AK Party's...

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AK Party leads in Turkey's local elections

AK Party leads in Turkey's local elections

Ruling party under Prime Minister Erdogan overcomes sleaze and graft claims to boost support, according to early unofficial results. The ruling AK Party leads the polls in Sunday's local elections in Turkey, looking set to increase its votes in the first ballot...

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Erdogan's party takes strong early lead in Turkey polls

Erdogan's party takes strong early lead in Turkey polls

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party took a strong early lead in local elections Sunday, TV channels reported, despite turbulent months marked by mass protests, corruption scandals and Internet blocks. With over 18 percent of the municipal votes nationwide counted by early...

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Eight killed in Turkey as violence mars local elections

Eight killed in Turkey as violence mars local elections

Eight people were killed in isolated clashes in Turkey on Sunday during municipal elections that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes will validate him in his battle against a corruption scandal. The voting may have become a crisis referendum on the rule of Mr Erdogan and...

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Turkish AKP faces key test in local elections

Turkish AKP faces key test in local elections

Over 50 million eligible voters cast their ballots in Turkey's local elections, amid corruption allegations and damaging security leaks that have shaken the 12-year rule of the  Justice and Development Party  (AKP) government.   The municipal elections have become a...

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Turkey says Syria security leak 'villainous' as YouTube blocked

Turkey says Syria security leak 'villainous' as YouTube blocked

  Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described the leaking on YouTube on Thursday of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military operations in Syria as "villainous" and the government blocked access to the video-sharing site. The anonymous...

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Police fire tear gas at Istanbul anti-government protest

Police fire tear gas at Istanbul anti-government protest

 Turkish riot police fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse thousands of demonstrators in central Istanbul protesting against what they see as authoritarian new laws from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government. Battling a corruption scandal, Erdogan's AK Party has pushed...

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Yanukovich announces early Ukraine poll but no deal yet with opposition

Yanukovich announces early Ukraine poll but no deal yet with opposition

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich announced plans for early elections on Friday in a series of concessions to his pro-European opponents, but it was unclear whether they would accept an EU-mediated deal to end violence that has left dozens dead. Russian-backed Yanukovich, under...

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