LE PEN VISITS RUSSIA AHEAD OF FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was due in Moscow on Friday for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before a presidential election clouded by allegations of Russian interference. The leader of the National Front, an anti-immigrant and anti-European Union party, is seeking to bolster her international credentials ahead of the two-round French election on April 23 and May 7.
HUNDREDS ATTEND CANDLELIT VIGIL FOR VICTIMS OF WESTMINSTER ATTACK
Hundreds gathered in London on Thursday for a candlelit vigil in memory of the victims of the attack near the British parliament, which claimed the lives of a police officer, an American tourist, a British woman and an unidentified 75-year-old man. London Mayor Sadiq Khan led the tributes in a heavily policed Trafalgar Square, vowing "Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism".
UK POLICE IDENTIFY WESTMINSTER ATTACK SUSPECT AS 52-YEAR-OLD BRITON
British police named the man who killed three people near parliament before being shot dead as Khalid Masood, saying he had a string of criminal convictions but none for terrorism-related offences. Masood, 52, was born in Kent to the southeast of London and had been most recently living in central England, London police said.
FRENCHMAN ARRESTED IN BELGIUM’S ANTWERP AFTER TRYING TO DRIVE INTO CROWD
Police in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp detained a French national on Thursday after he tried to drive a car into a major pedestrian shopping street at high speed. “At about 11am this morning a vehicle entered De Meir at high speed due to which pedestrians had to jump away,” a police spokesman told a news conference, referring to the street name. Additional police and military personnel have been deployed to the centre of Antwerp.
TENSIONS BETWEEN BERLIN AND ANKARA THREATEN MIGRANT DEAL
Signed a year ago to halt the influx of migrants into Europe, a EU-Turkey deal now appears on shaky ground as Turkish ministers threaten to scrap it following diplomatic tensions between Germany and Turkey. Since Ankara and Brussels forged the migrant deal, many have hailed it a success for substantially lessening the flow of migrants, drastically reducing the number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea and bringing European borders back under control.