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London to host international coalition summit on Islamic State

The United Kingdom is to host a British-American summit on fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group. A official source in the foreign ministry told Ahram Online that countries involved in US-led international coalition against IS will take part in the summit Thursday. Foreign ministers from 20 countries, including Arab states, will discuss how to further degrade and defeat the ...

Belgian police foil terror attacks on ‘grand scale’

Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch “terrorist attacks on a grand scale.” Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, the incident heightened fears across Europe of young local Muslims returning radicalized from ...

U.S. firm to conduct onshore gas survey

U.S.-based NEOS GeoSolutions will conduct an onshore oil and gas survey in Lebanon to complete its data acquisition despite the lack of political will to remove all hurdles before launching a licensing round, insiders and a lawmaker said. “The U.S. company intends to conduct a 2-D seismic onshore survey in some Lebanese regions within 10 days after [it] completed [its ...

We are all Germany, president tells Muslims

German President Joachim Gauck told the country’s Muslim community Tuesday that “we are all Germany” at a rally to condemn the Paris jihadi attacks and take a stand against rising Islamophobia. About 10,000 citizens, religious leaders and politicians, among them Chancellor Angela Merkel, joined the event, which started with a wreath-laying ceremony at the French embassy and an imam reciting ...

Obama seeks Congress’ authorization of war on ISIS

U.S. President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Tuesday he is committed to working with them on a text to authorize the use of military force against ISIS militants, the White House said. Obama met with top congressional leaders at the White House earlier in the day. “The president also underscored the importance of our diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing Iran ...

Hollande vows France will never yield as victims buried

President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday that France would “never yield” to terror in an emotional tribute to three police officers shot dead in an Islamist killing spree, and new security measures were announced. Home to Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities, France was shaken to the core by its bloodiest attacks in decades, which began when gunmen opened fire at ...

The man behind Germany’s anti-Islam street protests

Unknown just three months ago, Lutz Bachmann is a cook by training with a criminal record who has managed to mobilise thousands of Germans out onto the streets against Islam. He was born in the former communist east German city of Dresden where the contested group he heads, the so-called “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” (PEGIDA), has ...

No Americans in Paris: US absence draws criticism at home

A Republican US senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed “You let the world down.” The image of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas flanking the leaders of France, Germany ...

After the Charlie Hebdo attack, what will the consequences be?

Attacks like the one on Charlie Hebdo typically have a predictable response when it comes to questions of Muslims and the West, but things might be different this time. The last three days have been tough and exhausting for the French government, security forces and even the people themselves as a result of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. An armed ...

France mobilizes 10,000 troops at home after Paris shootings

France will deploy 10,000 soldiers on home soil by Tuesday and post almost 5,000 extra police officers to protect Jewish sites after the killing of 17 people by Islamist militants in Paris last week, officials said. Speaking a day after the biggest French public demonstration ever recorded, in honor of the victims, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the country ...

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