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French PM “open” to ban of foreign funding of Mosques

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net France‘s prime minister said Friday, July 29 he was “open” to a temporary ban on foreign financing for mosque building, after a spate of attacks in the country claimed by jihadists, AFP reports. Manuel Valls also admitted in an interview with the Le Monde daily it was a “failure” that one of the jihadists who attacked a church and killed a priest earlier this week had been released with an electronic tag pending trial. Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve have come under fire for perceived security failings that have failed to prevent three major terror attacks in France in 18 months. The fact that one of...

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France: 2 assailants killed in attack on Church

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Two attackers in France are dead after they used knives to take several people hostage in a church near Normandy, French security officials said. Police have confirmed that one hostage was killed during the attack. The motives and identities of the attackers are not yet known. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazenevue is on his way to the scene of the attack in the town of Saint-Etienne-en-Pouvray, a security official...

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Syrian forces seize half of Manbij from ISIS

By: Carla Babb Source: VOA News PENTAGON – Syrians battling ISIS fighters in Manbij now have control of about half of the city, a spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition said Friday.Colonel Chris Garver, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, told reporters Friday via teleconference from Baghdad that U.S.-backed Syrian Arab Coalition fighters have control of the western half of Manbij and continue to tighten their circle around the city. Unlike fights for the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, however, where ISIS fighters fled as defeat appeared imminent, Garver said that as IS fighters become overrun in Manbij, they are falling back and reinforcing their positions, making it...

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