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Teenage asylum seeker blameless

BBC reports, ‘A Syrian teenager arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack in Berlin has been released after no incriminating evidence was found. The 17-year-old asylum seeker was arrested in the Uckermark region, north-east of Berlin, on Tuesday. Police said that he was arrested after a tip-off that he had sent a message to his family saying farewell and that he was joining the “jihad”. But German media reports now suggest that the message was mistranslated.’ click here.

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