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Tunisia seeks to wrest back control of radicalised mosques

Tunisian authorities are seeking to regain control of certain mosques they say have become incubators for radical Islamist ideology, which has spread since the 2011 revolution. The move follows the January resignation of a government led by moderate Islamist party Ennahda, which was heavily criticised for failing to stem a rise in jihadist violence. The violence came as militants benefited from a post-Arab Spring power vacuum across much of North Africa.

Turk among 21 students facing trial over Egypt protest

An Egyptian court was to try 21 Islamist university students Sunday, including a Turkish man, after a violent protest outside the prestigious Al-Azhar religious institution, prosecution officials said. The students at Al-Azhar University in Cairo are accused of attacking the headquarters of the Sunni Muslim authority in a November protest. A court has already sentenced 12 Islamist demonstrators to 17 years in jail for attacking the headquarters during another protest.

Student shot dead at a Cairo university protest

CAIRO (Reuters) - A student was shot dead in clashes between supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and security forces at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, state newspaper al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Security forces stormed into the university late on Wednesday, state news agency MENA reported, after they were called in to control the protesters who set fire to trees inside the campus.

Greek consortium wins tender to build first mosque in capital

ATHENS (Reuters) - The long-stalled construction of a state-funded mosque in Athens came a step closer on Thursday with the announcement that a consortium of Greek companies had won the tender to build it. Athens has not had a formal mosque since Greece won independence from occupying Ottomans in 1832 and has been criticized by human rights groups such as Amnesty International for being one of the few European capitals without one.

Athens to begin building first mosque after years of delay

Work is finally set to begin on Athens' first mosque, 13 years after plans were first announced, the Greek government announced on Thursday. A Greek consortium has been chosen, the infrastructure ministry said, after five previous attempts to find a business group to lead the project failed. Athens is one of the few European capitals without a mosque. The building will have a budget of 946,000 euros ($1.3 million) and will be 600 square metres. It is being built on land formerly used by the military but it will not have a minaret.

Egypt police enter university to confront Islamist demo

Egyptian police entered Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Wednesday to confront Islamist protesters, the first time security forces have moved on a campus since a 2010 court ruling. The police took the action at the prestigious Islamic university following a request from its administration, the interior ministry said. Students supporting deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have held regular and sometimes violent protests since the beginning of the school year in September.

Ukrainian jailed for life for killing Muslim, planting bombs in UK

By Costas Pitas LONDON (Reuters) - A Ukrainian man who murdered an elderly Muslim five days after arriving in Britain and planted bombs outside mosques was jailed for life on Friday. Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, admitted stabbing the Muslim grandfather three times in the back and setting explosive devices which exploded near mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton in central England.

Ukrainian gets 40 years for British mosque bombs, murder

A British court jailed a Ukrainian student for a minimum 40 years on Friday for murdering a Muslim grandfather and planting bombs near three mosques as part of what police called a racist terror campaign. Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, had pleaded guilty on Monday to stabbing 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem to death as he walked home from a mosque in the central English city of Birmingham in April. Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, also admitted plotting to cause explosions at mosques in three towns in central England.

Ukrainian man murdered Muslim, planted mosque bombs in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - A self-confessed racist Ukrainian student studying in Britain pleaded guilty on Monday to murdering an elderly Muslim man and planting explosive devices outside mosques in central England as part of a one-man hate campaign. Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, arrived in Britain in April to study and work in Birmingham but within days he stabbed to death 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem as he walked home from a mosque.

Ukrainian admits British mosque bombings and murder

A Ukrainian student with a hatred of "non-whites" on Monday admitted murdering a Muslim grandfather and planting bombs near three British mosques. Pavlo Lapshyn, 25, pleaded guilty in court to stabbing 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem to death as he walked home from a mosque in the central English city of Birmingham in April. Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, also admitted plotting to cause explosions at mosques in three towns in central England.
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