Austria seeks to criminalise ‘political Islam’ as it unveils broad new anti-terror measures

Austria plans to introduce a series of anti-terrorism measures following last week’s deadly attack in Vienna, including the criminalisation of political interpretations of Islam that are deemed to encourage violent extremism. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday that the measures were intended to protect society from extremists he described as “ticking time bombs”. The proposals[…]

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More arrests made after Vienna terror attack

Swiss police have arrested two men as part of an investigation into Vienna’s terror attack. Two Swiss citizens, aged 18 and 24 were arrested in the city of Winterthur about 10 km from Zurich, police said in a statement on Tuesday. “The two men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon in[…]

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Vienna talks agree to disagree on Assad

Major powers meeting in Vienna have failed to reach an agreement on Syria, especially the future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but found enough “common ground” to meet for a new round of talks in two weeks, even as the conflict enters a new phase with the deployment of[…]

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Syrian opposition, rebels not invited to talks

Syria’s main political opposition body and representatives of the armed opposition have not been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday[…]

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Vienna talks a test for Iran on Syria: Saudi FM

International talks in Vienna this week will test whether Russia and Iran are “serious” about finding a political solution to the war in Syria, the Saudi foreign minister has said. Adel al-Jubeir’s comments on Wednesday came after Iran announced it was accepting an invitation by the US and Russia to[…]

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