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NICK OF CRIME: French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy lauds police outside Paris for their terror swoop

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No Holiday Break for Al-Qaeda
In their fight to roll up al-Qaeda's European network — or at least disrupt it before it strikes — French and British authorities have scored some big wins. Police in both countries staged sweeps of suspected al-Qaeda members. An initial raid in suburban Paris netted a protective suit, bomb-making materials including iron perchloride, another as yet unidentified chemical, and four Islamist extremists. Police in London and Edinburgh made seven arrests under Britain's Terrorism Act.
French justice officials told TIME the raids were coordinated and based on intelligence that attacks — possibly...

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