Germany Arrests Islamic Extremist on Terror Charges
Germany has arrested one of its most prominent Islamic extremists on charges he supported a foreign terrorist group.
German prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have arrested 35-year-old Salafist Sven Lau on four counts of aiding the Syria-based group known as Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, or JAMWA. The group has been linked to Islamic State.
Lau is suspected of recruiting fighters for the group as well as providing financial and material support.
Lau, a convert to Islam, gained fame last year when he organized a force of so-called "Sharia police" in the German city of Wuppertal. The men wore orange jackets marked "Sharia Police" and patrolled the streets trying to enforce strict adherence to Islamic law, demanding that nightclub patrons stop drinking, gambling, and listening to music.
A Wuppertal court last Thursday decided not to prosecute the men. The ruling has sparked nationwide controversy.
Yemen Cease-Fire, Peace Talks, Begin
The United Nations opened peace talks Tuesday in Geneva in a bid to find a "durable settlement" to the crisis in Yemen.
U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed also announced the start of a week-long cease-fire, saying the goal is to make that halt in fighting permanent and "pave the way for a return to a peaceful and orderly political transition."
He said in a statement Tuesday's cease-fire is a critical first step to building lasting peace.
The conflict between forces supporting President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels has killed an estimated 5,700 people since late last year.
It was not clear if the Houthis would abide by the halt in fighting.