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  • EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers (i.e. chauffeurs)

    04/19/2016 6:24:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 18, 2016 – 11:07 AM | Peter Müller
    The administrative authority of the European Parliament has expressed security concerns after the discovery of CDs containing Islamic State (IS) propaganda in the possession of two chauffeurs with its external driving service. Several sources with knowledge of the situation told Spiegel that one of the discoveries had been made in Strasbourg, where the parliament holds its plenary sessions, and the other in Brussels, where most of its work is conducted. Both employees of the private chauffeur service were fired and police are investigating. After obtaining information that other chauffeurs in the service had criminal records, the European Parliament Presidium made...
  • Third bomber at Paris's Bataclan music hall identified

    12/09/2015 1:09:58 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    France24 ^ | 2015-12-09 | AFP
    23-year-old man from the eastern French city of Strasbourg has been identified as the third bomber involved in the Nov. 13 attacks at Paris's Bataclan music hall, police sources said Wednesday. Foued Mohamed Aggad went to Syria with his brother and a group of friends at the end of 2013, according to a source close to the investigation. Most of the others were arrested in spring last year upon their return to France but Aggad stayed on in Syria, the source said. The Bataclan shootings were part of a co-ordinated attack that killed 130 people in Paris and which was...
  • French Authorities Arrest Tunisian

    10/21/2002 4:29:19 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 179+ views
    Mainichi Daily News ^ | October 21 2002 | AP
    PARIS (AP) — Authorities in the south of France have arrested a Tunisian who is allegedly part of a group with links to the al-Qaida terrorist network, officials said Monday. The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested on Oct. 14 in Marseille — four days after Italian police arrested four alleged accomplices, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. A fifth man was arrested on Oct. 11 on the Mediterranean island of Malta. The group was based in Italy and provided logistical help to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network, ministry officials said. The suspect arrested in France also allegedly...
  • BREAKING: Five dead as high-speed train derails near French city

    11/14/2015 8:06:49 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 74 replies
    UK Express ^ | November 14 | Rob Virtue
    AT LEAST five people have died and seven have been injured after a high-speed train derailed near the French City of Strasbourg, local media has reported.
  • Strasbourg strikes blow against British 'Naked Rambler'

    10/29/2014 10:44:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 28.10.2014 | Deutsche Welle
    Strasbourg has denied a British man’s request to have public nudity declared a human right. The court has ruled that UK authorites have the power to repeatedly arrest "Naked Rambler" Stephen Gough. On Tuesday, Europe's high court in Strasbourg ruled that Stephen Gough's legal woes had come about as the result of conduct that could prove "alarming and morally and otherwise offensive" to others, rather than through repression by UK authorities. Gough, a 55-year-old former Royal Marine nicknamed the "Naked Rambler," has twice walked the length of Britain nude to protest laws requiring the wearing of clothes. His activism has...
  • Europe spurns the beloved Obama

    03/30/2009 6:41:27 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 70 replies · 3,445+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 30 2009 | Gideon Rachman
    Europeans have long worshipped Barack Obama from afar. Now the beloved one is paying his first visit as US president to the old continent. Yet there is every indication that Europe’s leaders are about to stiff him. Mr Obama is on a rapid-fire tour that will take him from the Group of 20 meeting in London to a Nato summit in Strasbourg, then on to a US-European Union meeting in Prague and, finally, a state visit in Turkey. But he will be lucky to return from Europe with much more than commemorative photos and some presents for the kids. (“I...
  • Jew Attacked With Knife, Iron Rod In France

    05/01/2010 2:03:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 733+ views
    YNET ^ | Published: 05.01.10, 07:57 / Israel News | n/a
    Anti-Semitism "Jew attacked with knife, iron rod in France" SNIPPET: "Anti-Semitic incident in Strasbourg: Man wearing skullcap assaulted by two men in djellabas. Victim hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit in back, stabbed in chest; assailants arrested" Ynet Published: 05.01.10, 07:57 / Israel News SNIPPET: "A Jewish French citizen was seriously hurt Friday after being assaulted with an iron rod and a knife in the center of Strasbourg. The DPA news agency reported that the man, 42, was attacked by two men wearing djellabas, robes traditionally worn in North Africa. Eyewitnesses reported that the Jew, who was wearing a...
  • News Conference By President Obama (Thinks Austrian is a language!!!)

    04/05/2009 2:16:20 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 191 replies · 9,222+ views
    Q Sonja Sagmeister from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television. Mr. President, you said you came here to learn and to listen. So a quite personal question -- what did you learn from your personal talk with the European leaders? And did this change in a certain way your views on Europe and its politics? PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's an interesting question. I had already formed relationships with many of them. ... There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing -- and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and...
  • Rioters force Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni to cancel Strasbourg cancer hospice visit

    04/04/2009 7:17:42 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 43 replies · 1,495+ views
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 04 Apr 2009 | Peter Allen in Strasbourg
    Molotov cocktails and scaffolding poles were thrown at police in the eastern French city as hundreds of anarchists and other demonstrators went on the rampage. "We've had to cancel a planned visit to the hospice because of the danger to all involved," said a spokesman for the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. His glamorous wife, former model Miss Bruni, had been due to visit the sick and the dying in the centre of the ancient city, on France's border with Germany. But determined thugs, many wearing balaclavas and ski masks to hide their faces from police were doing everything they could...
  • Obama Connects With Young Europeans [tells cheering crowd in France, "America is changing"]

    04/04/2009 12:09:00 PM PDT · by ETL · 41 replies · 1,825+ views
    New York Times (aka NY SLIMES) ^ | April 3, 2009 | HELENE COOPER
    STRASBOURG, France — President Obama, appearing on the eve of a NATO summit meeting here, told a cheering crowd of young people on Friday that “America is changing, but it cannot be America alone that changes.” The gathering resembled any of the countless, similar rallies held during his presidential campaign. But this one took place in the Alsatian border region of France and Germany, not in a gymnasium in Des Moines, and Mr. Obama seemed bent on repairing soured trans-Atlantic relations that began with the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • A Town Hall in Strasbourg (including complete transcript)

    04/04/2009 8:37:59 AM PDT · by cc2k · 11 replies · 841+ views
    White House Web Site ^ | Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 1:22 pm
    Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 1:22 pm A Town Hall in Strasbourg "This is our generation. This is our time. And I am confident that we can meet any challenge as long as we are together," President Obama told a town hall in the Rhenus Sports Arena in Strasbourg, France. Having met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy immediately before, he reiterated a consistent theme of his trip, telling the audience he felt it was "important was for me to have an opportunity to not only speak with you but also to hear from you, because that's ultimately how we can learn about each other."Before taking questions,...
  • NATO protesters storm hotel, light fires

    04/04/2009 8:18:23 AM PDT · by boughtwithaprice · 54 replies · 3,779+ views
    STRASBOURG, France - Black-clad protesters attacked police and set a customs station ablaze Saturday on a bridge linking France and Germany that served hours earlier as the backdrop for a show of unity by NATO leaders. AP photographers saw other protesters storm a nearby Ibis hotel, setting fires and pilfering alcohol from its bar. Stacks of old tires were also set ablaze, unleashing thick plumes of black smoke that could be seen from across the river. Near the bonfire was a sign welcoming visitors to Strasbourg. First lady Michelle Obama and other spouses canceled a visit to a cancer hospital...
  • Barack Obama's New World Order (Time mag - Behold the 're-branding' of America)

    04/03/2009 7:16:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies · 2,323+ views
    Time on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/09 | Michael Scherer
    The United States is still the same country it was a year ago, give or take about 6 million jobs. But its international branding campaign, as led by the new President, Barack Obama, is so different that the rest of the world might be forgiven if it has to do a double take. Most of the hallmarks of the foreign policy of George W. Bush are gone. The old conservative idea of "American exceptionalism," which placed the U.S. on a plane above the rest of the world as a unique beacon of democracy and financial might, has been rejected. At...
  • In France, Obama takes no questions from French

    04/03/2009 6:36:01 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 40 replies · 2,087+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 3, 2009 | Joseph Curl
    President Obama held a much ballyhooed town hall in Strasbourg, France, on Friday, touted by the White House as an outreach to Europeans on the second leg of the president's "listening" tour. But the first person he called on was an American -- and the third, too. By the end of the hourlong session, not a single French citizen got to ask the U.S. president a question. In all, Obama took just five questions from the thousands of people packed into a sports arena after delivering a lengthy speech read from a teleprompter. And the query topics were on the...
  • Barack Obama Fails To Win NATO Troops He Wants For Afghanistan [Black Eye Diplomacy]

    04/03/2009 4:29:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 1,254+ views
    London Times ^ | April 03, 2009
    Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan Michael Evans and David Charter in Strasbourg Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to America’s allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, warning that failure to do so would leave Europe vulnerable to more terrorist atrocities. But though he continued to dazzle Europeans on his debut international tour, the Continent’s leaders turned their backs on the US President. Gordon Brown was the only one to offer substantial help. He offered to send several hundred extra British soldiers to provide security during the August election, but even that fell short...
  • Brussels revolts over Chirac's 'travelling circus'

    06/05/2006 7:02:28 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 680+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 5, 2006 | David Rennie
    The embattled French president, Jacques Chirac, is facing a revolt among EU politicians against French-imposed treaty rules that oblige the European Parliament to travel to Strasbourg every month.There has long been resentment at the Strasbourg "travelling circus", involving not just aircraft and trains but thundering convoys of lorries carrying parliamentary paperwork, which costs taxpayers more than £130 million a year. Now, a "perfect storm" of opposition to Strasbourg has formed, after it recently emerged that the city of Strasbourg quietly pocketed £54 million from rent paid by the parliament since 1980 for its Strasbourg office buildings, which are owned by...
  • Family of deceased hostage to sue Russia at Strasbourg

    01/26/2006 1:22:41 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 21 replies · 438+ views
    Author ^ | January 19th, 2006 | Oleg Zhirov
    To the European Court of Human Rights From Oleg Alexandrovich Zhirov, Address ----------- The Netherlands Telephone: -------- A description of the events at the Dubrovka theatrical center, in the city of Moscow, October 23-26, 2002. On October 23, 2002, my wife, Natalya Zhirova, and our 14- year-old son, Dmitriy, were in attendance at the Russian musical 'Nord-Ost', being held at the Dubrovka theatrical center. I learned of the theater's seizure by terrorists from the television. I immediately dressed myself, and within 15 minutes I was at Dubrovka. I received the first call from my wife on my mobile phone as...
  • Dick Marty: highly likely that European governments were aware of ‘rendition’ affecting Europe

    01/24/2006 12:22:18 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Council of Europe website ^ | January 24, 2006
    Strasbourg, 24.01.2006 – It is highly unlikely that European governments, or at least their intelligence services, were unaware of the “rendition” of more than a hundred persons affecting Europe, according to Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly investigator Dick Marty, whose interim assessment was made public today in an information memorandum. Citing statements made by American officials and others, Mr Marty said there was “a great deal of coherent, convergent evidence pointing to the existence of a system of ‘relocation’ or ‘outsourcing’ of torture”. He added: “It has been proved – and in fact never denied – that individuals have...
  • Pole fights in Strasbourg for abortion rights

    06/18/2005 11:18:47 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 438+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | June 18, 2005
    Pole fights in Strasbourg for abortion rights Alicja Tysiac is a 34 year mother of three. Several years ago Alicja as was in danger of going blind on account of her pregnancy, but regardless of diagnosis doctors refused to perform an abortion. Throughout her pregnancy Alicja tried in vain to get an abortion, but her plea was refused repeatedly and she had to carry to term. Wanda Nowicka from the federation of women’s rights and family planning committee says that Poland’s anti-abortion law makes it practically impossible to get a legal pregnancy termination in Poland. Poland’s anti-abortion law is one...
  • Cryptic Al Qaeda Tapes Hinted at Attacks

    05/29/2002 10:46:33 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 541+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/30/02 | JOHN TAGLIABUE
    ARIS, May 29 — Italian and German investigators have disclosed fresh information suggesting that hints of an attack involving aircraft and the United States were more widespread among European law enforcement agencies before Sept. 11 than previously suspected.The disclosures come after weeks in which the Bush administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which announced a shake-up today, have come under sharp criticism that they did not pay sufficient heed to signs of Al Qaeda plots in the United States that may have alerted them to the Sept. 11 attacks.A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman said today that before Sept....
  • Jail for Strasbourg bomb plotters (Muslims jailed in Paris)

    12/16/2004 7:32:41 AM PST · by alnitak · 9 replies · 513+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 16 December, 2004, 14:55 GMT | Anonymous BBC Story Monkey
    Ten suspected Islamic militants have been jailed in Paris for their part in a failed plot to blow up a Christmas market in Strasbourg in December 2000. The suspects - all Algerian or French-Algerian - were sentenced to terms of up to 10 years. The plot was discovered just days before it was allegedly due to be carried out on New Year's Eve. One of the convicted men is said to have been an associate of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Four others allegedly linked to the group have already been convicted of planning the attack. They were sentenced to...
  • Jail sentences for French market bombing suspects sought

    11/21/2004 7:58:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 180+ views
    The News International ^ | November 21 2004
    PARIS: A French state prosecutor on Friday requested jail sentences of up to 10 years for 10 suspected radical Islamist accused in a failed al Qaeda plot to bomb a popular Christmas market in Strasbourg. The prosecution alleges aides to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden devised the plot in 1999 in Afghanistan. Lawyers for three key suspects — Mohamed Bensakria, Slimane Khalfaoui and Yacine Akhnouche — have said their clients admitted having undergone military training in Afghanistan but denied plotting any attack. Prosecutor Christophe Teissier asked a Paris court to hand Bensakria and Khalfaoui 10-year sentences, the maximum possible...
  • Trial for Alleged al-Qaida Members Begins in France

    10/06/2004 10:32:33 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Voice of America ^ | October 06 2004 | Lisa Bryant
    Ten people suspected of plotting a terrorist attack on the eastern French city of Strasbourg are on trial in Paris. The suspects are believed to have ties with the al-Qaida terrorist network. The 10 men are accused of planning a terrorist attack on the cathedral and Christmas market of Strasbourg, France, four years ago. The plot was uncovered just days before the attack was to have been carried out, in December 2000. The defendants are all of Algerian or French Algerian descent. Prosecutors accuse one of them, 37-year-old Mohammed Bensakria, of being a lieutenant of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden....
  • 10 Facing French Trial in Millennium Plot

    07/05/2004 11:11:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 197+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 5 2004
    PARIS - Ten suspected terrorists, including a man believed to be a top Osama bin Laden lieutenant in Europe, will stand trial for the millennium plot to attack the Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, judicial officials said Monday. A German court last year convicted four Algerians for plotting to bomb the market near the Strasbourg Cathedral, but French investigators believe that others in France — all Algerians or French-Algerians — had a hand in the plan. The 10 who have been under investigation in France include Mohamed Bensakria, an Algerian extradited from Spain in 2001 and...
  • Human Rights Court Rules Against Poland

    06/23/2004 4:55:28 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 4 replies · 280+ views
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.06.2004
    Poland must compensate citizens for property their families lost when the country's eastern borders shifted westward after World War II, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on Tuesday. Jerzy Broniowski, a Polish national born in 1944, brought his case to the court seeking compensation of €85,000 ($103,000) for his grandmother’s lost property -- a house and land in what is now Lviv, Ukraine. The case has much wider significance because it opens the door for more than 80,000 potential claims in Poland, according to government estimations. In addition to Poles, millions of Germans were expelled from their...
  • US terror plot to ‘wipe out a neighbourhood’

    06/12/2004 4:29:09 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 62 replies · 460+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | June 13, 2004 | John Follain
    A MAN linked to Al-Qaeda and believed to have helped to mastermind the Madrid train bombings was overheard last month describing a plot for a woman to carry out a chemical or germ attack in America that he said would “wipe out an entire neighbourhood”. The Italian warrant for the arrest of Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, 32, an Egyptian seized in a suburb of Milan last week, details transcripts of bugged conversations and telephone calls in which he not only boasted of his involvement in the Spanish attack of March 11 but also spoke of future plans. The Spanish government...
  • The secret war against al-Qaeda

    02/10/2004 10:44:12 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 376+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | Februari 10 2004 | Peter Taylor
    Intelligence agencies have had some success in tracking suspected al-Qaeda operatives. But the organisation is changing to continue its fight against the West. The West has never encountered an enemy like al-Qaeda before. The problem for the world's intelligence agencies is that it is not a unified organisation with an identifiable structure, like the IRA, but an amalgam of groups around the world whose members embrace Osama bin Laden's ideology of global jihad, or holy war. These Jihadi warriors share the belief that they have an obligation to fight the oppressors of their Muslim brothers, from Palestinians in the Middle...
  • Agency Warns of Terror Plot [Germany]

    04/26/2002 5:39:50 PM PDT · by TomGuy · 21 replies · 295+ views
    FAZ.NET ^ | Apr 27, 2002
    Agency Warns of Terror Plot On guard: A machine gun in front of a sign pointing the way for "other visitors" at the trial on Tuesday in Frankfurt of five Algerians charged with plotting an attack in Strasbourg, France, last Christmas. The men are believed to belong to the Qaida terrorist network. (Photo: AP) By Udo Ulfkotte FRANKFURT. German law enforcement officials have launched an intensive search for three people who they suspect are part of a three-country operation to seize hundreds of hostages in an attempt to free members of the Qaida terrorist network being held in Europe, according...
  • German Court Convicts 4 Algerians in Terror Plot

    03/10/2003 12:44:33 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Voice of America ^ | March 10 2003 | Roger Wilkison
    A German court has convicted four Algerian men of plotting to bomb a busy Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, and sentenced them to prison terms of 10-12 years. The plot was foiled by German police just before it was to have taken place in late December 2000. In handing down the Frankfurt court's sentence, presiding Judge Karlheinz Zeiher said the four men had intended to kill defenseless people with the aim of spreading terror in France and throughout Europe. He said they wanted to punish France because of its support for the Algerian government. Judge Zeiher said...
  • France fights for EU white elephant

    01/18/2003 1:58:23 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 208+ views
    The Guardian ^ | January 18 2003 | Andrew Osborn
    Critics of Strasbourg's lavish but rarely used parliament building are becoming increasingly vocal Alarmed that Strasbourg is in danger of losing its coveted status as the official home of the European parliament, France is to spend £30m shoring up the city's claim to house the EU's only democratically elected body. The Strasbourg debating chamber of the European parliament (EP) stands eerily silent for four-fifths of the year and its lavish headquarters has been criticised as one of the EU's biggest white elephants. But France is determined that the parliament shall not be moved from the Alsace region to Brussels. Its...
  • France moves for UK terror suspect

    11/30/2002 2:36:16 PM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 251+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 30 2002
    A French judge has issued an international arrest warrant for a man of North African origin held on terrorism charges in London, according to reports. The warrant against Rabah Kadre was issued in connection with an investigation into the so-called Frankfurt group, which had planned to carry out an attack in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in December 2000, a French news agency quoted a judicial official as saying. Mr Kadre, 35, was one of three men arrested on 9 November in London and charged with offences under the Terrorism Act. There has been no confirmation that the men...
  • Swastikas Deface Jewish Cemetery in France

    04/13/2002 4:08:05 AM PDT · by grimalkin · 13 replies · 284+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr. 13, 2002 | Reuters
    — STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Vandals have defaced a Jewish cemetery in the eastern French city of Strasbourg by painting swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on about 20 tombstones and on a wall, police said Saturday. The cemetery desecration, discovered Friday, was the latest incident in a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in France that have flared up since Israel launched its military offensive in the West Bank two weeks ago to crush Palestinian militants. Police have opened an official inquiry into the desecration, the fourth at a Jewish site in the Cronenbourg section of Strasbourg this month. An unexploded bomb was...
  • EU Parliament Approves Controversial Report (Attack on Catholic and Orthodox Christians)

    03/14/2002 4:21:12 AM PST · by father_elijah · 22 replies · 220+ views
    ZENIT ^ | 3-13-2002 |
    STRASBOURG, France, MARCH 13, 2002 ( The European Parliament narrowly approved a report that purports to underline the violations suffered by women because of religious extremism. The report "Women and Fundamentalism," presented by Spanish Socialist deputy María Izquierdo, was approved by a vote of 242-240. There were 42 abstentions. Europarliamentarians either modified or eliminated some of the more controversial points of the report, such as the request to religious leaders, including John Paul II and Eastern patriarchs, to change their views on lesbianism. The "right to control one´s own body," regarded by some groups as a justification of abortion, was...