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France detains 19 suspected Islamist extremists
President Nicolas Sarkozy » “No known link” between those detained y and Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old who claimed responsibility for the recent shootings.


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One of those banned, the Egyptian-born Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, is widely respected throughout the Middle East and has a popular weekly TV show on Islamic law on the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera.

But because of his suspected extremist links, the 86-year-old cleric has been banned from the United States and refused entry into Britain.

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In the Islamic world, al-Qaradawi has been criticized by more conservative scholars for allowing men and women to study together, encouraging Western Muslims to participate in their democracies and condemning al-Qaida’s Sept. 11 attacks.




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