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RUSSIA

Police foil Muslim attacks on Victory Day celebrations

MOSCOW | Russian security forces in the southern city of Astrakhan said Sunday that they foiled plans by an extremist group linked to radical Islamists to carry out attacks during Victory Day holidays.

Regional police said they had “stopped activities of members of a religious extremist group that was planning to carry out terrorist attacks during the days of celebrating victory in World War II.”

Police said they tried to detain a suspected 30-year-old militant in the city on the Volga Delta late Saturday in a joint operation with forces from the Federal Security Service. He attempted to trigger an explosive device, and police opened fire, killing him.

Security forces simultaneously detained other suspected members of an insurgent group and confiscated “a significant amount of weapons” and explosives, as well as evidence that they were planning attacks, police said.

The dead suspect was carrying a hand grenade and a homemade revolver and had a Kalashnikov automatic rifle and ammunition at his home, investigators said.

FRANCE

Town remembers WWII British airmen after 70 years

PONT SAINT MARTIN | Ten airmen from Britain’s Royal Air Force were honored in a ceremony Sunday in the French town where their bombers went down during action in World War II.

Relatives of the RAF servicemen attended the service in the Loire region south of Nantes, site of the crashes on Feb. 4 and May 8, 1941.

Their Canadian and British descendants wore red carnations during the ceremony, watched by about 100 people beneath a cloudy sky, while one was dressed in military uniform.

The tribute, marked by the unveiling of a commemorative stone near the town hall, is the culmination of three years’ research in France, Britain and Canada to trace the airmen’s relatives.

SWITZERLAND

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