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Germany deports third batch of Afghan migrants to Kabul

Posted by on 23/02/2017
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Germany deports third batch of Afghan migrants to Kabul

Germany deports third batch of Afghan migrants to Kabul

KABUL: Eighteen Afghans deported from Germany arrived in Kabul yesterday after their asylum pleas were rejected, the third batch to be sent back in recent months as Berlin speeds up the expulsions. Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved new measures on Wednesday to expedite the repatriations even as controversy rages over sending people back to […]

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban; elections loom

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban; elections loom

Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban; elections loom

MUNICH: Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on Tuesday. The move comes seven months before a federal election where immigration will be a prominent issue and the Bavarian conservatives that govern the region, the sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s, are worried […]

France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu

France slaughtering all ducks in key region due to bird flu

PARIS: France’s agriculture ministry has ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in a key poultry-producing region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of bird flu. A previous cull in southwestern France failed to stop the spread of the H5N8 virus, which has hit ducks and other birds in more than 300 French farms in […]

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Posted by on 20/02/2017
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Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

MONT-DE-MARSAN: Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws. At Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France a quartet of fearsome golden eagles is being trained to take out unmanned aircraft in mid-flight. The roar of a departing Rafale fighter jet gives […]

Dutch Muslim groups slam Wilders’ ‘scum’ comments

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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Dutch Muslim groups slam Wilders’ ‘scum’ comments

Dutch Muslim groups slam Wilders’ ‘scum’ comments

THE HAGUE: Muslim organizations in the Netherlands yesterday criticized disparaging comments about Moroccans made by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, but say they are just the latest in a long string of insults. Launching his campaign Saturday for the Netherlands’ March 15 parliamentary election, Wilders criticized Moroccan youths for making the Netherlands unsafe, although he qualified […]

Almost 500 migrants smash border fence into Spain

Posted by on 17/02/2017
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Almost 500 migrants smash border fence into Spain

Almost 500 migrants smash border fence into Spain

MADRID: Hundreds of migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta yesterday; days after Morocco warned the EU of fresh migrant trouble following a row over a trade deal. The Spanish civil guard-or paramilitary police-told AFP that “several hundred” migrants had stormed the border fence into the Spanish North African territory and that […]

Sour mood as Europe’s youngest state turns 9

Posted by on 16/02/2017
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Sour mood as Europe’s youngest state turns 9

Sour mood as Europe’s youngest state turns 9

60% of young people in Kosovo unemployed PRISTINA: Kosovo, Europe’s youngest state, turns nine today, but 24-year-old Nazim Ahmeti is in no mood to celebrate. “Day after day I must fight just to provide a piece of bread for my child and my wife,” says Ahmeti, who like 60 percent of young people in the […]

German authorities raid homes of Turkish imams

Posted by on 15/02/2017
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German authorities raid homes of Turkish imams

German authorities raid homes of Turkish imams

Muslim preachers suspects of spying for Erdogan BERLIN: German police yesterday searched the homes of four Turkish Muslim preachers on suspicion they spied for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, officials said. The imams are accused of reporting on Turkish followers of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Erdogan blames for last July’s failed coup attempt […]

Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Posted by on 12/02/2017
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Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Easy measures for immigrants to become citizens GENEVA: Swiss voters yesterday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, crushing rightwing nationalists who had stoked fears about granting nationality to more Muslims. The “Yes” camp met the two criteria for a win by securing a majority of total votes and […]

Ukraine’s rebel region bids farewell to slain warlord

Posted by on 10/02/2017
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Ukraine’s rebel region bids farewell to slain warlord

Ukraine’s rebel region bids farewell to slain warlord

DONETSK, Ukraine: Thousands of Ukrainians stood in line with flowers yesterday in the separatist fiefdom of Donetsk to bid farewell to a field commander who was slain in a rocket attack on his office. Kiev and the insurgents have traded blame for the death of Mikhail Tolstykh with investigators saying a portable rocket launcher was […]

Violence spreads across Paris northern suburbs

Posted by on 08/02/2017
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Violence spreads across Paris northern suburbs

Violence spreads across Paris northern suburbs

Police violence, rape accusation behind unrest PARIS: Violence spread in Paris’s northern suburbs for a fourth night and French police arrested a dozen people, police said yesterday, amid accusations that police officers raped and beat a man they were detaining. Dozens of vehicles and a nursery school were set on fire by youths during standoffs […]

Police accused of rape; black man ‘sodomized’

Posted by on 07/02/2017
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Police accused of rape; black man ‘sodomized’

Police accused of rape; black man ‘sodomized’

Protesters denounce police brutality in France PARIS: Hundreds of people took to the streets of a Paris suburb yesterday to denounce police brutality, after a 22-year-old black man was allegedly sodomized with a baton during an arrest last week. The case of the man identified only as Theo, who was sent to hospital with severe […]

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