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Members of the New Greatness group, who are charged with the organization of an extremist association, stand behind a glass in a courtroom prior a hearing in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Arrests of the two youngest members of the New Greatness group - 17-year-old Anna Pavlikova and 19-year-old Maria Dubovik - prompted a mass protest in August 2018, after which the two teenagers were released under house arrest. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Controversial Russian extremism case ends with conviction

Aug. 6, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday convicted and sentenced several people on extremism charges widely seen by critics as fabricated. Moscow's Lyublino District Court found members of the New Greatness youth group guilty of creating an extremist organization. It sentenced three people to terms of...

Woman accused of joining IS arrested on return to Germany

Jul. 27, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Monday a German woman who allegedly joined the Islamic State group in Syria was arrested upon her return to the country. She is accused of membership in a foreign terrorist group, war crimes against property and other crimes. Federal prosecutors said in a written...

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German Minister of Defense, delivers her speech at the Ploetzense Lake Memorial in memory of those murdered in the resistance against the National Socialist tyranny in Berlin, Germany, Monday, July 20, 2020. The day commemorates the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

Germany: anti-Hitler plotters a model for today's military

Jul. 20, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Faced with growing concern over right-wing extremism in Germany's military, the country's defense minister on Monday marked the anniversary of a failed plot to kill Adolf Hitler by urging today's soldiers to take their inspiration from those who tried to assassinate the Nazi dictator....

Members of the New Greatness group, who are charged with the organization of an extremist association, sit behind a glass in a courtroom prior to a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Members of an opposition group dubbed New Greatness were arrested in 2018 on charges of creating an extremist group aiming to overthrow the government. The case was widely criticized as an example of politically motivated abuse anti-extremism laws. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia seeks prison terms for 3 youth group members

Jul. 14, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Tuesday demanded prison terms for three members of a youth group charged with creating an extremist organization, in a case that elicited public outrage and has been seen as politically motivated. A prosecutor has asked a Moscow court on Tuesday to sentence three...

Horst Seehofer (CSU), Federal Minister of the Interior, Homeland and Construction, presents the 2019 Report on the Protection of the Constitution at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 9 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)

Germany sees rise in number of right-wing extremists

Jul. 9, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany recorded a significant rise in the number of right-wing extremists last year, after security agencies added thousands of members of the country's main far-right party to the count. An annual report on extremism in Germany released Thursday estimates the number of right-wing extremists...

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) arrives at a press conference on the reform of the Special Forces Command (KSK), wearing mouth and nose protection, Berlin Germany, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Since 2017, the KSK has been making headlines because of several cases of right-wing extremism. One suspected soldier even had an arsenal dug up. The Defence Minister has therefore had a reform concept developed to counteract extremist tendencies. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany disbands elite army unit over extremism concerns

Jul. 1, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister disbanded a company of special forces on Wednesday saying a culture of right-wing extremism had been allowed to develop behind a “wall of secrecy.” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told reporters that “toxic leadership”...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, is welcomed by Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, right, upon arrival at Nouakchott Oumtounsy International Airport Tuesday June 30, 2020, in Nouakchott, to attend a G5 Sahel summit. Leaders from the five countries of West Africa's Sahel region, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott on Tuesday to discuss military operations against Islamic extremists in the region, as jihadist attacks mount. The five African countries, known as the G5, have formed a joint military force that is working with France, which has thousands of troops to battle the extremists in the Sahel, the region south of the Sahara Desert. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French, Spanish and African leaders meet to combat extremism

Jun. 30, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Leaders from the five countries of West Africa’s Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — on Tuesday called for intensifying counter-terrorism operations supported by the French military that have already seen successes in the recent months...

FILE  - In this Feb. 5, 2004 file photo, soldiers of (KSK) Kommando Spezialkraefte, German Bundeswehr's special forces take part in a training  exercise in Calw, southern Germany. Germany’s defense minister reportedly plans to restructure the country’s special forces unit after numerous allegations of far-right extremism. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called a press conference for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to talk about a “structural analysis” of the KSK, unit, following up on an analysis she ordered in May. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Reports: Germany revamping elite army unit over extremism

Jun. 30, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister reportedly plans to restructure the country’s special forces unit after numerous allegations of far-right extremism. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has called a news conference for Wednesday to talk about a “structural...

Alif Baqytali plays on a tricycle at his home in Shonzhy, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Baqytali's mother, Gulnar Omirzakh, a Chinese-born ethnic Kazakh, says she was forced to get an intrauterine contraceptive device, and that authorities threatened to detain her if she didn't pay a large fine for giving birth to Alif, her third child. (AP Photo/Mukhit Toktassyn)

China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

Jun. 29, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, Pyotr Verzilov invading the pitch, runs away as a steward tries to stop him during the France and Croatia 2018 World Cup final match in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian state news agency Tass says a prominent member of the protest group Pussy Riot has been detained by the police anti-extremism division. The Mediazona website reported that Pyotr Verzilov was seized at his apartment by unidentified men who broke down the door on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Report: Pussy Riot member held in Russia extremism probe

Jun. 21, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian state news agency Tass says a prominent member of the protest group Pussy Riot has been detained by the police anti-extremism division. The Mediazona website reported that Pyotr Verzilov was seized at his apartment by unidentified men who broke down the door on Sunday morning. Tass...