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Twenty cars were burned and four people arrested early today in a second night of violence in a Paris suburb after allegedly heavy-handed police action to enforce France’s ban on the full-face Islamic veil.

Five injured and six detained in Paris protests over French ban on face veils

Five people were injured and six arrested during a protest over enforcement of France's ban on Islamic face veils.

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19-year-old was with friends near St Lazare railway station last night when fight broke out

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French investigate Woolwich ‘copy-cat’ attack on soldier in Paris

The soldier was wounded in the incident which happened as he patrolled the French capital's La Defense business district with two comrades

French government seeks to ban extreme right-wing group

The French government is taking steps to ban an extreme far-right movement believed to be planning violence at demonstration against gay marriage in Paris on Sunday.

French ministers refuse to attend conference with Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University

He is an Islamic scholar who teaches at Oxford University and a former member of a working group on extremism set up by Tony Blair. Time magazine once described him as the “leading thinker” among Europe’s second and third-generation Muslim immigrants.

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Cash deposits of former Nicolas Sarkozy aide come under fresh scrutiny

The former Interior Minister, Claude Guéant, denies money laundering

Women dressed as Marianne, a national emblem of France, hold copies of the civil code in a protest against gay marriage in Paris yesterday

Last-ditch protest in Paris against gay marriage law

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Paris today in a final attempt to block a vote in parliament tomorrow that is set to legalise gay marriage.

Imran Khan's Islamabad home attacked

The house of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has come under attack – apparently from disgruntled members of his own party.

Anger as retrial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak aborted

The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak collapsed today when the presiding judge withdrew from the case and referred it to another court, causing an indefinite adjournment that sparked anger in the courtroom.

An image of Wilfred de Bruijn’s battered face has gone viral

Rise in homophobic attacks mark passage of French gay marriage law

The French Senate voted today to legalise same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer.

Kamala Harris has accepted an apology from Barack Obama

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President apologises for referring to attorney-general as 'good-looking'

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