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French PM 'open' to interim ban on foreign funding of mosques PARIS; France's prime minister said Friday he was "open" to a temporary ban on foreign financing for mosque building, after a spate of attacks in the country claimed by militants.Manuel Valls also admitted in an interview with the Le Monde daily it was a "failure" that one of the militants who attacked a church and killed a priest earlier this week had been released with an electronic tag pending trial.Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have come under fire for perceived security failings that have failed to prevent three major terror attacks in France in 18 months.The fact that one of the church attackers, 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, was awaiting trial on terror charges and had been fitted with an electronic tag meant judges needed to take a "different, case-by-case, approach," Valls said.However, the prime minister stressed that the judges in this individual case should not be held responsible for this ...

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Church attacker threatened France in new video PARIS: A militant involved in the brutal killing of an elderly priest pledged to attack France in a newly released video, as Catholic bishops called for a day of prayer in a nation shaken by the latest assault.The assailant has been named as 19-year-old Abdel Malik Petitjean, who was listed in June on France's "Fiche S" system of people posing a potential threat to national security after he tried to reach Syria from Turkey.Petitjean threatened ...

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OSCE urges against 'large-scale' strife in Ukraine VIENNA: European monitors observing Ukraine's separatist conflict on Thursday urged pro-Russian rebels and government forces to avoid a return to "large-scale military operations", as ceasefire violations escalate and casualties rise.The warning from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) comes after fighting surged in recent days with Kiev reporting increasing numbers of deaths among their soldiers, despite the agreement of a fragile truce aimed at halting the 26-month war in east Ukraine.OSCE mediator ...

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Croatian court orders retrial for ex-MP war crimes suspect ZAGREB: Croatia's Supreme Court said Thursday it had quashed a verdict against a former lawmaker convicted of war crimes for killing Serb civilians and ordered a full retrial.Branimir Glavas was sentenced in 2010 to eight years in jail over his role in the gruesome killing of Serbs at the start of the 1990s war in Croatia.But last year the Constitutional Court annulled the verdict on procedural grounds and ordered the Supreme Court to review the ...

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Russia says United States stance on Syria allows terrorists to regroup MOSCOW: The United States has still not differentiated between terrorists and the co-called moderate opposition in Syria, which allows militants to prepare new offensives, RIA news agency cited a Russian deputy foreign minister as saying on Thursday. "There is an element here of a political ruse at least," Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Merkel believes she acted responsibly after attacks BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she believed she had acted correctly after a spate of attacks in Germany, responding to questions about why she had not visited the attack sites by saying she would attend a memorial ceremony on Sunday in Munich."That's a question that I obviously ask myself whenever something happens. I will be at the memorial ceremony in Munich on Sunday - I decided last Saturday to go to that memorial ...

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Missing MH370 wreckage may be further north: study PARIS: Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north.A team of Italian scientists used computer modelling, into which they fed data on ocean currents and winds over the past two years, to try and pinpoint the Malaysia Airlines plane's likely underwater grave.They also added information on the location of five confirmed pieces of ...