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Priest killed in hostage situation at French church

By Agencies An 84-year-old priest has been killed with a knife, and another person seriously wounded, after two men with alleged links to the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, took several people hostage in an attack on a church in northern France. Father Jacques Hamel reportedly had his throat slit on Tuesday before French police entered and shot dead the attackers, a French police source told … Continue reading Priest killed in hostage situation at French church

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Germany: Syrian arrested after deadly machete attack

  By Agencies A woman has been killed and two people injured in a machete attack in southern Germany. Police said the perpetrator, who has been arrested, is a 21-year-old Syrian asylum seeker. The attack took place in the German city of Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. The assailant’s motives were unknown. “There is no danger to anyone else at this time,” a police official told Reuters … Continue reading Germany: Syrian arrested after deadly machete attack

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Several dead in Munich shopping mall shooting

FINAL UPDATE By Agencies At least nine people have been killed in a shooting at a major shopping center in the southern German city of Munich. The shooting took place at a fast food restaurant at the Munich Olympia Shopping Center shortly before 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) on Friday, Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann said. Twenty others were also injured in the shooting, which police described as a … Continue reading Several dead in Munich shopping mall shooting

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President declares three-month state of emergency in Turkey

FINAL UPDATE By Agencies Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the country will be placed under a “state of emergency” for three months, in response to the failed coup. In a televised address on Wednesday, Erdogan said the decision was made following a meeting with members of the national security council. The state of emergency was needed “in order to remove swiftly all … Continue reading President declares three-month state of emergency in Turkey

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Award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Ukraine car bomb

By Agencies Award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet has been killed by a car bomb explosion in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Sheremet, a Belarusian-born journalist with popular news website Ukrayinska Pravda, was killed on Wednesday morning while driving a car owned by his partner, Olena Prytula, who is the publication’s owner. He was on his way to work to anchor a talk show on Vesti Radio when the bomb went off. … Continue reading Award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Ukraine car bomb

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Turkey: Arrests continue after failed coup

By Agencies – FINAL UPDATE Two Turkish pilots who played a role in the downing of a Russian jet in November are in custody over the July 15 failed coup in Turkey, a Turkish official said. The downing of the Russian fighter jet on the Syrian last November border sparked an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Russia, which ended last month when the two countries … Continue reading Turkey: Arrests continue after failed coup

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Political earthquake: UK voted to leave EU

By Agencies Britain has voted to leave the European Union in a referendum, with the result throwing into question the fate of the 28-nation bloc and Prime Minister David Cameron announcing he will step down by October. The official results were announced on Friday with the Leave campaign receiving 52 percent in Thursday’s historic referendum. Cameron, who had backed the campaign to remain in the … Continue reading Political earthquake: UK voted to leave EU