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The pullback came after Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin accused the eastern French city of supporting "foreign meddling" on French soil with a planned subsidy for the mosque.

Boris Johnson admitted to instructing a senior aide to look in to the bid but said he did not intervene.

Denmark charges 3 Iranian separatists with promoting terror

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Denmark charges 3 Iranian separatists with promoting terror

The three face a trial in Denmark starting later this month.

Suspected accomplice held in Vienna terror attack

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Suspected accomplice held in Vienna terror attack

Authorities in Vienna detained a man suspected of involvement in the deadly November attack that killed four people.

Lebanon headed towards blackout as second plant shuts down

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Lebanon headed towards blackout as second plant shuts down

Out of four major power plants in the country, two are now out of service, likely causing even longer electricity blackouts in the near future.

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Sudan 'eligible for debt relief' after US deal

Sudan received more than $1 billion from the United States, prompting the World Bank and IMF to confirm it is now eligible for debt relief.

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Turkish prosecutor indicts French journalists over Erdogan-mocking caricature

A Turkish prosecutor called for four French journalists to be sentenced to up to four years in prison over a cartoon mocking Erdogan

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Spain police bust suspected Al-Qaeda finance ring

An Al-Qaeda ring has been foiled in Spain, authorities said.

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Vaccine corruption in Lebanon and the World Bank's dilemma

In-depth: The World Bank's threat to suspend coronavirus financing over Lebanon's queue-jumping scandal shows there is no easy answer ...

Row erupts in France over state funding for mosque

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Row erupts in France over state funding for mosque

France's Interior Ministry is upset with municipal authorities in Strasbourg for approving a loan to a Muslim confederation which has refused to ...

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Algeria targets exiled activists with 'terrorism charges'

Exiled activists, target former diplomat Mohamed Larbi Zeitout, blogger Amir Boukhors and journalist Hichem Aboud, are wanted by an Algerian ...

French activist stands trial over calls for Israeli boycott

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French activist stands trial over calls for Israeli boycott

Olivia Zemor appeared in court over an online appeal she made on her website EuroPalestine urging readers to boycott Teva, a French company ...

Defiant Sarkozy on offensive after graft conviction

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Defiant Sarkozy on offensive after graft conviction

France's ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy fervently rejected his three-year sentence for corruption.

UAE to withdraw foreign mercenaries from Libya: sources

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UAE to withdraw foreign mercenaries from Libya: sources

Some 5000 Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries are reportedly preparing to leave Libya, as a UN team has arrived to oversee the withdrawal of ...

German 'IS leader' handed lengthy prison sentence

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German 'IS leader' handed lengthy prison sentence

Abu Walaa has been sentenced to 10 years and six months for running a jihadist network and helping fighters travel to Syria and Iraq.

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Israel 'rewards' allies with surplus Covid-19 vaccines

Honduras, the Czech Republic, and Guatemala have all opened or promised to open diplomatic offices in Jerusalem.

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Lebanon MP vaccination plan risks financing cut-off

Lebanese officials agreed to the 'equitable' distribution of Covid-19 vaccines but are now risking millions in funding from the World Bank.

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Israel planning to 'use Covid-19 vaccines to buy normalisation'

The Israeli government could use the Covid-19 vaccine to establish relations with an undisclosed nation, an official said.

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Lebanon receives second Pfizer vaccine shipment

Lebanon received its second shipment of the coronavirus vaccine Saturday, containing around 31,500 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.

Algeria's president dissolves parliament, calls for early elections

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Algeria's president dissolves parliament, calls for early elections

Many protesters feel Tebboune’s gestures so far have been largely cosmetic, and note he is a product of the long-time political elite.

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Algeria's president appeases protesters with pardons, calls early polls

Algeria's president pardoned jailed anti-government activists and announced early elections.

Britain to urge cease-fires to allow COVID-19 deliveries

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Britain to urge cease-fires to allow COVID-19 deliveries

The UK foreign secretary will call for a ceasefire in all war zones to allow for the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Egyptian arrested for advertising son for sale on Facebook

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Egyptian arrested for advertising son for sale on Facebook

Egyptian police arrested a man who advertised his infant son for sale on Facebook, according to local media.

Nigeria creates $2.6 billion infrastructure company

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Nigeria creates $2.6 billion infrastructure company

Nigeria’s president has announced the creation of a multi-billion dollar company to finance infrastructure projects.

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