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France set to extend state of emergency
PARIS: The French parliament will be asked to extend by several months emergency powers introduced in 2015 to counter the threat of terrorist attacks, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday after talks with security chiefs. Emergency rules giving French police wider search and arrest powers were introduced after hardliner gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015.
 
 
Turkey seeks 20-year terms for hunger strikers against purge
Ankara: Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday demanded up to 20 years in jail on terror charges for an academic and a teacher who have been on hunger strikes for over two months to protest their dismissal in a purge after last year's failed coup. Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca were remanded in custody late Tuesday ahead of trial by an Ankara court on charges of "membership of a terror organisation". They had initially been detained
   
Creator of Ukrainian anti-graft database accused of embezzlement
KIEV: The head of a Ukrainian software firm tasked with building a landmark anti-corruption computer program is suspected of stealing Western funds from the project and funneling the cash overseas, General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said on Wednesday. The boss of the software company, Yuriy Novikov, strongly denied the accusation and a leading anti-graft non-governmental organization also expressed doubts about the case.
 
 
Manchester attack shows need for solidarity: Turkey
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday the Manchester bombing showed terrorism was a global problem and NATO allies should cooperate more closely and share information swiftly to confront it. Speaking two days after the attack at a Manchester concert venue which killed 22 people and was claimed by Islamic State, Erdogan said member states of the military alliance must acknowledge they faced the same threats.
   
Poland critical of EU policy on taking in migrants
WARSAW (Poland): Poland's prime minister is citing the attack in Manchester to reinforce her government's opposition to a European Union plan to share migrants. Beata Szydlo spoke on Wednesday ahead of a parliament vote in which the opposition sought in vain to oust Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz. She praised Macierewicz, saying he wants a strong army capable of opposing threats that include terrorism.
 
 
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