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Watch Video : Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini arrested in Belgium

Mohamed Abrini, a a key suspect wanted in connection with the Paris attacks in November, has been arrested in Belgium, along with four other people, Belgian federal prosecutors have confirmed. Abrini, 31, has been on Europe’s most wanted list since being identified as one of two suspects seen on CCTV travelling in a car two days before the attacks. Abrini ...

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Norway won’t take any more refugees from EU

The Norwegian government will not take any additional refugees from the EU despite the bloc’s new agreement with Turkey, Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Friday. Norway has offered to take 1,500 asylum seekers over two years as part of the EU’s refugee relocation scheme. The first of those EU asylum seekers are expected to arrive within a month, but ...

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Sweden wants to keep refugee numbers down

A person applying for asylum in Sweden. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT Sweden’s migration minister on Wednesday outlined an updated version of how the government wants to tighten asylum rules to discourage refugees from travelling to Sweden. “This has been the most difficult task I have had on my desk in my almost 20 years as a politician at this level,” justice ...

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Swedish spring hits for your April playlist

Another sparkling selection of soul ballads, indie anthems and ‘unclassifiable magic’ from The Local’s music guru Paul Connolly. 1. Alva – Let Her Go It might be straying a little too close to cliche to suggest that Alva may be Sweden’s answer to Adele but make up your own mind. This is a right belter. 2. Kent – Egoist Just because Kent are splitting ...

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ISIS doubled presence in Libya

The Islamic State terrorist group has doubled its number of militants in Libya in the last year, according to the top U.S. military commander in the region. Over the last 12 to 18 months, the number of Islamic State fighters in Libya shot to between 4,000 and 6,000, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez said at a Pentagon briefing Thursday, The ...

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Brussels bomber worked at EU Parliament

One of the suicide bombers involved in the deadly attacks in Brussels last month had previously worked as a clearer at the European Parliament, officials said Thursday. The news comes as Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel admitted that the terrorist attacks, which killed 31 people and injured hundreds more, represented a security “failure,” the BBCreported. Officials did not name the ...

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U.S. will block sale of Russian Su-30 fighter jet to Iran.

A U.S. official confirmed Tuesday that Washington would not allow Russia to sell its Su-30 fighter jets to Iran. Thomas Shannon, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said the U.S. would use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block the sale of any of the warplanes to Iran. “We would block the approval of ...

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Dozens of Muslims fighters back in Denmark

A new report from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism puts Denmark near the top of the EU when it comes to the number of Muslims fighters have returned back to their home countries. According to the report, 125 foreign fighters are known to have left Denmark for Syria or Iraq. Of those, around 62 are believed to now be back in ...

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Danish parties ‘envious’ of Norway’s tough asylum bill

While the long-discussed asylum and immigration bill presented by the Norwegian government on Tuesday has been criticized by opposition parties and human rights organizations, the package of initiatives is certainly not without its admirers. Least of all in Denmark, where Norway’s southern neighbour has also introduced a long line of initiatives meant to discourage would-be asylum seekers. Following the presentation ...

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Watch Video: Islamic State Promises ‘London Next’

Islamic State (IS) terrorists have released a threatening new video, praising the attacks in Paris and Brussels and promising London, Berlin or Rome will be next. The video, titled, “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands” after a Quran verse (009:014) quotes another verse (191-193) calling on Muslims to, “kill [infidels] wherever you find them”. The film claims ...

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