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It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic. – New York Times

The first purpose-built Muslim place of worship in the Greek capital since the Ottoman occupation arrived after decades of delay — just in time for a second coronavirus surge. ATHENS — The mosque that took more than a century to open, surviving legal, political and financial challenges, has closed in less than a week, a …

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Austria’s Leader Seeks Crackdown on Islamist Terrorism After Attack – New York Times

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced a set of legislative proposals that would make it easier to keep terrorists behind bars, close mosques and clamp down on funding for terrorists. BERLIN — Austria would allow courts to extend the sentences of convicted terrorists and it would establish a new criminal offense for people who “create the breeding …

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Attack on French Consulate Ceremony in Saudi Arabia Wounds at Least 2 – New York Times

PARIS — An explosion wounded at least two people in an attack on a non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday during a ceremony organized by the French Consulate for Remembrance Day, French officials said. Nathalie Goulet, a French senator and a member of a parliamentary friendship group between France and Gulf countries, said …

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey’s pugnacious president – BBC News

From humble beginnings Recep Tayyip Erdogan has grown into a political giant, reshaping Turkey more than any leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the revered father of the modern republic. But in the past year the economy has deteriorated, with inflation rising to some 20%, a weaker Turkish lira and unemployment reaching about 15%. Mr Erdogan’s …

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