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Another Golden Dawn MP placed behind bars

Another Golden Dawn MP was placed behind bars on Sunday, meaning a third of the Greek far-right party's 18 lawmakers are currently being held in pre-trial detention. Continuing a crackdown against Golden Dawn, Stathis Boukouras was remanded in custody on Sunday afternoon, court officials said. He joined two other MPs, Giorgos Germenis and Panayiotis Iliopoulos, who were also put behind bars at the weekend. All three face charges of joining and directing a criminal organisation.

France hails comedian ban as victory over anti-Semitism

The French government on Thursday hailed as a "victory" over anti-Semitism a last-ditch decision by the country's highest administrative court to uphold a ban on a performance by controversial comic Dieudonne. The decision "reinforces the government's position" to stamp out "anti-Semitic excesses", said Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Interior Minister Manuel Valls, meanwhile, said it was a "victory for the Republic." mbx/am/fb

Controversial French comic wins first round of tour battle

Dieudonne, a controversial comic branded an anti-Semitic "pedlar of hate" by the French government, on Thursday won the first round of a legal battle to start a nationwide tour. A judge in Nantes ordered local authorities to lift a ban that would have prevented Dieudonne, who has been repeatedly convicted under anti-racism legislation, from performing in front of more than 5,000 people in the western city's Zenith Theatre on Thursday evening.

Controversial French comic wins first round of tour battle

Dieudonne, a controversial comic branded an anti-Semitic "pedlar of hate" by the French government, on Thursday won the first round of a legal battle to start a nationwide tour. A judge in Nantes ordered local authorities to lift a ban that would have prevented Dieudonne, who has been repeatedly convicted under anti-racism legislation, from performing in front of more than 5,000 people in the western city's Zenith Theatre on Thursday evening.

Football: Anelka salute sparks furore in Israel

French footballer Nicolas Anelka's use of a salute dubbed anti-Semitic in a celebration of a weekend goal in England has sparked a storm in Israel. Politicians and newspaper commentators alike saw it as a new sign of rising anti-Semitism in Europe, where France has not been immune from a rise in support for the far right.

Greek neo-Nazi suspects on trial for murder of Pakistani

Two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn went on trial on Wednesday accused of stabbing a 27-year-old Pakistani man to death. Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, risk a life sentence if found guilty of the drive-by killing of Shehzad Luqman in Athens in January. They were arrested a few hours after the murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police.

Greek neo-Nazi suspects on trial for murder of Pakistani

Two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn went on trial on Wednesday accused of stabbing a 27-year-old Pakistani man to death. Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, risk a life sentence if found guilty of the drive-by killing of Shehzad Luqman in Athens last January. They were arrested a few hours after the murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police. According to the driver, the pair drove up behind the victim and assaulted him as he cycled near the Athens Acropolis.

Crazed Israeli protester disrupts Wagner symposium in Jerusalem

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A crazed Israeli protester, angered that a symposium on Tuesday focused on Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, disrupted a public discussion at a Jerusalem concert hall before police removed him. The event, and a planned concert on Wednesday which was cancelled earlier because of bad weather, aimed to mark the 200th year of the birth of Wagner, whose anti-Semitic ideology inspired Hitler's National Socialist ethos.

Wagner conference disrupted in Jerusalem

A young man on Tuesday disrupted a conference in Jerusalem on Richard Wagner, considered Hitler's favourite composer, Haaretz newspaper said on its website. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was marking the 200th anniversary of the German composer's birth with a symposium on his music and whether an unofficial Israeli ban on performances of his work should be upheld. According to Haaretz, the man burst onto the stage of the Jerusalem theatre where the discussion was taking place, singing Israel's national anthem and hurling insults at delegates and the audience.

Greek neo-Nazi party protests Athens mosque construction

Some 700 members and supporters of Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn protested Saturday against the construction of Athens' first official mosque, the state-run Athens News Agency reported. Shouting "Greece belongs to the Greeks" and "No mosque in Athens", protesters gathered in the Eleonas neighbourhood in central Athens where the mosque will be constructed, according to the agency. Lawmaker Eleni Zaroulia -- the wife of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos -- and three more of the party's elected deputies reportedly participated in the protest.
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