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Austria to close several mosques, expel imams in crackdown on ‘political islam

Austria’s government said Friday that it is closing seven mosques and plans to expel imams in a crackdown on “political Islam” and foreign financing of religious groups. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government is shutting a hardline Turkish nationalist mosque in Vienna and dissolving a group called the Arab Religious Community that runs six mosques. The actions by the government …

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Nigeria lawmakers issue demands to president amid strained relations

Nigerian lawmakers on Tuesday issued a list of demands to the president, largely related to security, in the latest sign of strained relations between the executive and legislature months before the country goes to the polls. President Muhammadu Buhari won the election in 2015 mostly on his vow to improve security and fight corruption. But tensions with lawmakers and members …

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US Republicans fume over Trump’s steel tariffs on allies

Top congressional Republicans on Thursday attacked US President Donald Trump’s announced tariffs on steel from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, warning that punitive measures should be targeting China instead of America’s allies. “I disagree with this decision,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, the most influential Republican in Congress, said in a statement. “Today’s action targets America’s allies when we should …

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FIFA’s Samoura says encountered racism, sexism

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said she encountered sexism and racism when she took over the job, with some in soccer opposed to a “black woman” taking a senior post at the global governing body. The 55-year-old Senegalese was the first woman to hold a senior role at FIFA when she took over from Jerome Valcke, who was sacked in …

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Attacker yells ‘Allahu Akbar,’ stabs five in Paris before police take him down

The person who stabbed five people in Paris on Saturday night, killing one, yelled the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great,” during the attack, city prosecutor François Molins told reporters at the scene. Authorities have opened a terrorism investigation, he said. Four people were wounded during the knife attack in the touristy 2nd arrondissement, or district, of Paris. …

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UN warns of Kenya disease outbreaks after devastating floods

The United Nations has warned of disease outbreaks following devastating flooding in Kenya, as aid workers struggle to reach thousands of people in need of shelter after weeks of torrential rains. More than 100 people have been killed and over 250,000 have been forced from their homes by the heavy rainfall since March, the majority of which hit Tana River, …

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Ten dead,15 injured as van hits Toronto pedestrians

Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto, police said. The suspect has been named by police as Alek Minassian, 25. A man was arrested several streets away following a tense standoff with officers on the street. Bystander videos appeared to show the driver pointing an object at the officers, …

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Syria air strikes: Theresa May faces MPs’ questions

Theresa May is to face MPs’ questions about her decision to authorise air strikes against the Syrian government. Opposition parties say MPs should have been consulted before the UK joined the US and France in bombing three Syrian sites, in response to a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma. Labour has called for the law to be changed …

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Spy poisoning: Russia expels 60 US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure

Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK. Russia’s foreign minister said other countries that expelled Russians could expect a “symmetrical” response. It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in …

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Russia expels US diplomats in tit-for-tat measure

Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the country’s St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK. The moves were announced by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England. …

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