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Swedish terror suspect: I want to be a martyr

A 20-year-old former teaching student accused of plotting to attack Sweden told a court on the last day of his trial that he wanted to be a martyr. Prosecutor Ewamari Häggkvist started the day at Attunda district court by asking the suspect if he aspired to martyrdom. “Yes. It’s the greatest thing one can achieve in Islam,” said the accused. ...

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Norway to Muslim Immigrant : We’ll pay you extra to leave

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (Utlendingsdirektoratet – UDI) is offering a 10,000 kroner bonus to asylum seekers to leave voluntarily. UDI will offer an additional 10,000 kroner to the first 500 asylum seekers who apply for a voluntary return to their home countries. Beginning on Monday, the offer will run for six weeks on a first-come, first-served basis. “We need ...

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Migrant crisis: Merkel and EU officials visit Turkey camp

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials have joined Turkey’s PM to visit a migrant camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, as they seek to bolster a controversial EU-Turkey deal. The team met children and inspected living conditions at the Nizip camp, home to some 5,000 migrants. Human rights groups criticised the visit as “sanitised”. But European Council President Donald ...

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Latvia Wants to Ban Face Veils, for All 3 Women Who Wear Them

Liga Legzdina, 27, who goes by the name Fatima, near Riga, Latvia. She is one of a tiny handful of women who wear the niqab in the country, and interactions on buses and trams, she said, often involve her being told to “go back to where you come from.” Credit Reinis Hofmanis for The New York Times ZAUBE, Latvia — ...

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Swexit? Support for EU plummets in Sweden

There’s been a big drop in the number of Swedes who say they back their home country being in the EU, according to a survey for pollsters TNS Sifo commissioned by Swedish public broadcaster SVT. Only 39 percent of Swedes think it’s a ‘good idea’ that Sweden is in the European Union, pollsters found, compared to 59 percent in autumn ...

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Germany’s Muslim leaders condemn AfD’s anti-Islam proposal

Heads of leading German Islamic groups have criticized the AfD’s proposed ban on minarets and burqas. Germany’s Islamic Council has even compared the far-right party with the NSDAP. “I think the AfD is playing with people’s fears,” Burhan Kesici, the head of the Islamic Council, told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. “We had a wave of refugees last year, we have a ...

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Germany’s AfD takes overt anti-Islam stance

Members of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) have hardened their stance on Islam as they prepare for their upcoming party congress in Stuttgart. “Islam is not a religion like Catholic or Protestant Christianity, but rather always associated intellectually with the takeover of a state,” said AfD’s Brandenburg leader Alexander Gauland in an interview with the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine ...

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Migrant crisis: EU says Libya numbers alarming

The president of the European Council has warned Italy and Malta of large numbers of would-be migrants in Libya. Donald Tusk told MEPs that it would not be possible to apply the same approach used for the Balkans to unstable Libya. Italy’s coastguard says 4,000 people were rescued from the Mediterranean between Libya and Sicily on Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile, ...

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Are there many Molenbeeks in Europe?

International journalist Roger Cohen claims that Belgium has lost control of Molenbeek. In an opinion article in International New York Times (12 April), the well-known journalist writes that we can say “goodbye” to the once sleepy Brussels. The Islamic State has established “a base for its murderous designs” in the capital of Europe. “Splintered Belgium” has lost control of Molenbeek. ...

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A Beggar on Every Corner : Sweden

For the last few years, Sweden has been overwhelmed with Roma beggars from Romania and Bulgaria. Recently, the government estimated that there are now around 4,000 in Sweden (population 9.5 million). “We do not fool anyone. We just benefit from the opportunity.” — Bulgarian beggar in Sweden who said he “owned” five street corners. “If the begging is profitable, they ...

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