Separate prison units in Britain for Islamists
LONDON • Britain said yesterday it had begun housing Islamist extremists in separate prison units to prevent them from radicalising other inmates, as it grapples with a mounting terror threat.
A new "separation centre" has been opened at Frankland jail near Durham, north-east England, the Interior Ministry said. It is the first of three centres which together will have capacity for 28 inmates.
The move was recommended by a review into Islamist extremism in prisons published last year, which highlighted similar schemes in the Netherlands, France and Spain.
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No dropping of EU accession talks: Turkey
ANKARA • Turkey rejects any proposals to drop European Union accession talks in favour of cooperation in other areas, its EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said yesterday, ahead of a European Parliament vote on suspending Turkey's membership bid.
Speaking during a visit to Ankara by EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn, Mr Celik said it was wrong for EU lawmakers to call for the suspension of Turkey's membership talks, adding that such approaches would benefit neither side.
"We reject... any proposals that there should be strong cooperation between Turkey and the EU in other areas instead of accession talks," Mr Celik told reporters.