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France church attack: Priest killed by two 'IS soldiers'

The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.

Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.

The Amaq news agency, linked to so-called Islamic State, said "two IS soldiers" had carried out the attack.

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Nice truck attack kills 84 people in France, leaving 77 more victims critically wounded: 'We are facing a war'

A Tunisian living in France drove a large truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice's beachfront, killing at least 84 people, many of them children, according to police and hospital officials. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.

French leaders on Friday extended the country's nine-month-old state of emergency and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after Thursday night's massacre of pedestrians leaving a fireworks display for France's independence day. French prosecutors said Friday that 25 more victims are on life support, and 52 are in critical condition.

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Swedish politician says ISIS terrorists are the 'victims'

Muslims traveling from Sweden to the Middle East to commit mass murder and rape in the Islamic state, are "victims of violence", says the new Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra, to the newspaper Expressen.

It's in an interview during the international summit in Davos as Kinberg Batra is asked how she wants to meet the Swedes growing concern for acts of terrorism committed by returning IS-terrorists.

The important thing is that there must be fewer who can become victims of violence. To be enlisted as a warrior to exercise deadly force is actually being victims of violence and to contribute to the spread in the world, says the M-top to Expressen.

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Brussels terrorist attacks kill at least 31: Airport, Metro station bombed

Bombs struck the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats.

The two airport blasts, at least one of which was blamed on a suicide bomber, left behind a chaotic scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travellers streamed out of the smoky building.

About an hour later, another bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near the European Union headquarters. Terrified passengers had to evacuate through darkened tunnels to safety.

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David Cameron chokes back tears as he QUITS in the wake of the historic Brexit vote in referendum

The developments came after the Leave campaign stacked up 52 per cent of the votes - despite massive support for Remain in Scotland and major cities including London.

The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has attempted to reassure panicking markets this morning after the Pound nose-dived to its lowest level against the US dollar for 31 years, and the FTSE slumped by 8 per cent.

Flanked by wife Samantha in Downing Street, Mr Cameron said he had been 'proud' to serve as PM for the past six years.

But he said it would not be right for him to be the 'captain of the ship' while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU.

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While we fight over Trump, France closes 3 mosques, finds hundreds of weapons

The French have adopted what is clearly a no-nonsense attitude toward radical Islamist terrorism since the Paris attacks and they're not taking their foot off the gas. As the United States continues to debate over "tone" and how to balance religious liberty and tolerance against domestic security, Francois Hollande's forces have "cut a few corners" on those subjects and just begun shutting down mosques. At least three of the Muslim houses of worship have been closed already and law enforcement has found a trove of disturbing items among the haul.

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NORTHERN IRELAND PASTOR SAYS HE'S READY TO GO TO JAIL FOR CALLING ISLAM 'SATANIC'

An evangelical Christian pastor has said he would rather go to prison than withdraw a comment calling Islam "satanic". Pastor James McConnell of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is facing prosecution under the Communications Act 2003 for making the "grossly offensive" statement in a sermon streamed online.

However, he told the Belfast Telegraph that he intends to plead not guilty and will happily spend time in jail with "sex offenders, hoodlums, and paramilitaries" rather than back down.

"I am 78 years old and in ill health, but jail knows no fear for me," the pastor said, adding that he had no regrets about his words on "heathen" Muslims.

McConnell said: "I do not hate Muslims but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that. I will be pleading 'not guilty' when I stand in the dock in August."

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16% of French Citizens Support ISIS, Poll Finds

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

A recent Ifop poll placed French president Francois Hollande's approval rating at just 18%.

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No Negotiation: China and Russia Walk Out of UN Security Council Meeting: “This Isn’t An Exercise”

As Jerome Corsi warned earlier today, “this is one of the most serious moments that we’ve ever faced in world history.”

Events are happening quickly and as it stands, the United States, Britain and other western allies are preparing a missile strike on Syria.

Russia has been the most critical opponent of the possibility of mid east military action, but now China has also stepped in.

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Inside the theatre of terror: First picture from inside Bataclan shows aftermath of Jihadi attack as video emerges of the moment gunmen opened fire

A harrowing image has emerged from inside the Bataclan theatre where terrorists opened fire on concertgoers on Friday night - killing at least 89 people and injuring dozens, possibly hundreds, more.

The photograph, taken in the wake of the attack, details the blood stained interior of the concert hall where bodies remain lying on the ground and the floor is covered in debris.

It comes as new footage shows the moment the members of U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal stopped their performance midway through a song when gunfire broke out.

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PM Harper calls Thatcher 'a giant among leaders'

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as "a giant among leaders," after learning of her death Monday.

"While many in positions of power are defined by the times in which they govern, Margaret Thatcher had that rarest of abilities to herself personify and define the age in which she served," Harper said in a statement. "Indeed, with the success of her economic policies, she defined contemporary conservatism itself."

Harper also credits Thatcher with helping to end the Cold War by contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union.

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'Isis' beheading: Man decapitated in France 'by attacker who tried to blow up factory'

France is in shock today after another alleged terrorist attack where a man was decapitated by a suspected Isis supporter who tried to blow up a factory.

The murdered man's head was found attached to a wire mesh fence surrounded by two Islamist flags near the entrance to the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, police said.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the man's face was covered in Arabic writing and there was speculation that he may have been murdered elsewhere and the body then taken to Air Products for the gruesome display.

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UPDATE: Germany Warns That Banks In Cyprus May Remain Closed Permanently

ATMs in Cyprus were drained over the weekend, electronic transfers were halted, and riots ensued following a decision by European Union chiefs to raid private savings accounts to help pay for the country’s $13 billion bailout. It was believed that there were plans to stretch a bank holiday to at least one week, while the exact measures were decided upon. However, yesterday the Cypriot parliament rejected the scheme outright, leading many to speculate that this would be the start of something even worse.

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More counterterrorism raids reportedly underway in Belgium after police thwart 'Belgian Charlie Hebdo' attack

More counterterrorism operations were reportedly underway in Belgium late Thursday, hours after police killed at least two in raids aimed at jihadists returning from Syria who were planning to launch a "Belgian Charlie Hebdo" attack, authorities said.

Belgian news site L'Avenir, as well as Le Soir and France24, reported that the government prosecutor's office said a dozen operations have been launched against suspects across Belgium, in Verviers, Brussels and Hal-Vilvoorde. Some of those targeted in the raids are known to have returned recently from Syria.

The Belgian news site reported that, based on phone intercepts in the homes and cars of the three individuals involved in a shootout in Verviers, authorities believed the three were in the process of carrying out imminent attacks inside Belgium. A shootout between the three and police has left two of the suspected terrorists dead and another wounded.

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Are we close to global war?

Are we heading toward another World War?

As tensions rise around the globe, from Europe to Syria to China, it's starting to feel like we are on the cusp of an unstoppable catastrophe.

In particular, there is reason to be concerned about the escalating tensions between Turkey and Russia.

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated Monday.

He was shot and killed before a live audience, by a special ops member of the Turkish police force.

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'The darkest day of the history of the French press': 12 massacred in Paris newspaper attack

Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people before escaping. It was France's deadliest terror attack in at least two decades.

With a manhunt on for three gunmen, French President Francois Hollande called the attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly, whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims, "a terrorist attack without a doubt." He said several other attacks have been thwarted in France "in recent weeks."

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1.4 million French march against gay 'marriage'; police tear gas crowd, children

According to organizers, nearly one and a half million people joined the third demonstration in five months against the legalization of same-sex "marriage" by the French government in Paris, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, large numbers of demonstrators who were unable to join the main venue - which had filled up by 3 p.m. - or who headed straight to the largest and most prestigious Parisian thoroughfare, the Champs-Elysees, were sprayed with tear-gas and beaten as they neared the presidential palace. Victims included children as young as 6 years old, elderly gentlemen, women of all ages, middle-aged priests and monks, and even a baby aged 10 months.

One boy, aged 14, named Lancelot, needed respiratory assistance for half an hour; another youth, Leonard, 17, was gassed and subsequently seized by riot police who threw him down the stairs at the entrance of a nearby subway station. Christine Boutin, leader of the mainstream Parti chretien democrate (Christian democratic Party), was also among the victims: she passed out after having been sprayed with tear-gas and lay unconscious on the street for several minutes.

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Russia’s 25,000-troop allowance & other facts you may not know about Crimea

Ukraine's statement at the UN that '16,000 Russian soldiers had been deployed' across Crimea sparked a MSM feeding frenzy that steadfastly ignored any hard facts that got in their way.

Especially unwelcome is the fact that the so-called 'invasion force' has been there for 15 years already.

The media many trust described in hysterical tones how the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was under a full-scale Russian invasion with headlines like: "Ukraine says Russia sent 16,000 troops to Crimea", "Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia sends more troops into Crimea," as well as "What can Obama do about Russia's invasion of Crimea?".

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Calais migrant camp on fire as France reels from Paris terror attacks

Fire broke out in the 'Jungle' refugee camp near Calais last night - just hours after the terror attacks in Paris.

At around 11pm volunteers helping migrants and refugees living in the northern French port shared pictures and video on social media.

One aid worker told Mirror Online that around 40 shelters were destroyed when an 'absolutely massive' fire broke out in a Sudanese area.

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French Jews removing their children from public schools for fear of anti-Semitism

In a recent video by VICE News, Robert Ejness, the head of the French Jewish community's umbrella organisation said that Jews "are very worried and they are questioning the future of their children in this country."

He explained that in 1970 only 7,000 French children attended Jewish schools. Today, there are 35,000 Jewish children in Jewish schools in France. On top of that, another 35,000 Jewish children attend private Christian schools, showing that the Christian school environment is safe and welcoming for Jewish children.

"One of the issues," Ejness explains "is the integration of the Muslim population, essentially the Muslim population that has arrived in France in the last 20 or 30 years, which has not been integrated, which has refused also to be integrated in the French system."

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Marriage hasn't changed. Ireland has..

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the people of Ireland failed to heed the warning the Apostle Paul gave to the Christians of Rome.

They "exchanged the truth about God for a lie." (Romans 1: 18-30) In this case, they exchanged the truth of natural marriage for the lie of false equality and fake tolerance.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the Irish Times that the referendum amounts to a social revolution and the Catholic Church needs to do a reality check because "most of those people who voted yes are products of our Catholic schools for 12 years."

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