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France seeks European partners' aid to stanch inflow of extremists

November
20
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2015
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BRUSSELS — France called Friday on its European Union partners to take immediate and decisive action to toughen the bloc's borders and prevent the entry of more violent extremists. "We can't take more time. This is urgent...

The Latest: French report nearly 800 raids, seizure of 174 weapons in wake of attacks

November
20
,
2015
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BRUSSELS — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local): 1:20 p.m. French authorities say police have conducted 793 raids since last week's attacks on a rock concert, Parisian cafes and the national stadium. The...

2 new earthquakes hit Greek island of Lefkada where earlier quake killed 2. No damage reported

November
20
,
2015
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ATHENS, Greece — Two strong aftershocks have rocked the western Greek island of Lefkada, where a 6.1-magnitude quake killed two people this week and caused extensive damage. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said Friday's aftershocks were...

Belgium vows crackdown on extremists, boosts security services, plans tracking bracelets

November
19
,
2015
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BRUSSELS — Belgium's prime minister on Thursday called for changes to the country's constitution to combat extremists, and promised hundreds of millions of euros to boost the security forces. Addressing the federal parliament as...

Kosovo's main western backers condemn opposition violent protests that have raised tensions

November
19
,
2015
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PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo's Western backers lashed out Thursday at the country's opposition parties over their "continued use of violence to achieve political goals." A joint statement by the embassies of France, Germany,...

Paris prosecutor: Suspected Paris mastermind killed in raid in Paris suburb

November
19
,
2015
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PARIS — The Belgian jihadi suspected of masterminding deadly attacks in Paris was killed in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, the city prosecutor's office announced Thursday. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins' office...

The Latest: French prosecutors: suspected mastermind of Paris attacks killed in police raid

November
19
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2015
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PARIS — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local): 1:35 p.m. The Paris prosecutor says that the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid. In a statement Thursday,...

Suspected Paris attack mastermind, now targeted in police operation, bragged about movements

November
18
,
2015
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SAINT-DENIS, France — The presumed mastermind of last week's devastating attacks in Paris once bragged about being so slippery he could move undetected between Syria and Belgium, his home country. On Wednesday he was targeted in a police...

The Latest: France's Hollande: Any places 'glorifying' terror will be shut down

November
18
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2015
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PARIS — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local): 2:15 p.m. French President Francois Hollande says any places where people are "glorifying" terrorism will be shut down. A bill to extend France's...

Greek police use tear gas during Athens clashes with protesting farmers outside parliament

November
18
,
2015
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ATHENS, Greece — Greek farmers protesting over planned tax and pension reforms demanded by the country's bailout creditors have clashed outside parliament with police, who used tear gas to disperse them. Up to 4,000 farmers from various...