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    • Notre Dame fire pledges inflame yellow vest protesters

      Notre Dame fire pledges inflame yellow vest protesters

      Yellow Vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday - newly enraged at the more than billion dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause. Black-hooded demonstrators set fire to trash cans, scooters and a car and pelted police with rocks to draw attention anew to their 23rd weekend of protest.

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    • Radical Islam on rise in Belgium

      Radical Islam on rise in Belgium

      The Belgian State Security Service (VSSE) has registered around 100 organisations of Salafi movement, a branch of the Sunni Islam that advocates the rule of the sharia law, local media reported on Thursday. While the government has no official data on the number of Salafi organisations in the country, Justice Minister Koen Geens has confirmed an increase in the number of groups linked to the Salafism.

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    •  29 dead in tourist bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island

      29 dead in tourist bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island

      A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. The accident happened at 18:30 when the driver lost control of the bus at a junction. The vehicle, which was carrying 55 people, rolled then down a steep hillside after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal, and struck at least one house, local mayor Filipe Sousa told cable news channel SIC.

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    • Notre-Dame Cathedral devastated by fire

      Notre-Dame Cathedral devastated by fire

      Notre-Dame Cathedral, centuries-old Parisian landmark, were severely devastated by a roaring fire on Monday, mere days before Easter, news wires reported. Flames began in the early evening bursting through the roof of the cathedral and engulfing the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area.

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    • Leftist party set to win Finland elections

      Leftist party set to win Finland elections

      Finland may usher in its first leftist prime minister in two decades in the parliamentary elections today, as voters worry over the future of the country's generous welfare system and the costs of caring for a rapidly ageing population, polls ahead of the vote show. Such success of the Finland's Social Democrats would mark a departure not only for the country but also elsewhere in the region, where leftist parties have struggled in recent years, yielding some of their hold on the working class vote as anti-immigration nationalists of various stripes emerge.

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    • Macron signs controversial French 'anti-rioters' bill into law

      Macron signs controversial French 'anti-rioters' bill into law

      French President Emmanuel Macron has signed into law legislation giving security forces greater powers at demonstrations that opponents claim violates civil liberties.The bill, which was approved by lawmakers in February, aims to crack down on violence that has marred the "yellow vest" protest movement, which has rocked France since erupting in November.

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    • Austria proposes UN-style tribunals for European IS fighters

      Austria proposes UN-style tribunals for European IS fighters

      Austria's interior minister Herbert Kickl on Wednesday proposed the creation of UN-style tribunals in the Middle East to deal with people who had left Austria and other EU countries to join IS, rather than bringing them back home for prosecution. “I have turned to the three EU commissioners responsible with the request that this be made into a pan-European project,” Kickl said, adding that Germany, Sweden and Finland support the idea.

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