Deutsche Welle from Michael_Novakhov (6 sites): Deutsche Welle: How a German mining town became a recruiting ground for IS

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The western town of Dinslaken became known as a Salafi hotbed in 2013 when a group of local youths traveled to Syria to join the “Islamic State.” Years on, the community is still trying to leave the past behind.

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Deutsche Welle from Michael_Novakhov (6 sites)


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Voice of America: Feds Seek 18-Month Sentence in Russian Agent Case

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U.S. prosecutors say a Russian gun-rights activist who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin should serve an 18-month prison sentence.

The request came in a sentencing memo filed late Friday in Maria Butina’s case.

Prosecutors say Butina was “not a spy in the traditional sense” and wasn’t formally trained as an intelligence officer. Instead, they say she tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups as Donald Trump rose to power.

She pleaded guilty in December…

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Voice of America: Salt Lake Temple Closing for Four-Year Renovation

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An iconic temple central to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith will close for four years for a major renovation to help it withstand earthquakes and be more welcoming to visitors, leaders said Friday. 

Authorities are also keeping a careful eye on construction plans after a devastating fire this week at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

The Salt Lake Temple will close Dec. 29 to update the stately granite building and surrounding square, including elements that…

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FOX News: Matthews, Kapanen score late, Maple Leafs edge Bruins 2-1

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Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie in the third period, Kasperi Kapanen added another goal and the Toronto Maple Leafs hung on the beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Friday to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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Voice of America: Good Friday Processions Become Protests in Nicaragua

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Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua’s capital took on a political tone as people seized an opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city’s cathedral, dozens of protesters shouted for justice and carried wooden crosses bearing the names of those who died during the past year of protests. They waved the blue-and-white Nicaraguan flag, which has become a…

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Voice of America: EU’s Juncker: Risk of No-deal Brexit Remains

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There is a still a concern that Britain may leave the European Union without a deal to smooth the way, the bloc’s chief executive said Saturday, urging Britain to take advantage of a six-month delay to work out the details of its departure. 

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made the comments in an interview with German newspaper FUNKE Mediengruppe, a week after EU leaders gave Britain six months more to exit the…

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