Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World

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London killer taught in Saudi Arabia

The British man who killed four people in a London rampage and died after being shot by police had made three trips to Saudi Arabia: He taught English there twice on a work visa and returned on a visa usually granted to those going on a religious pilgrimage.

More details about attacker Khalid Masood's travels, confirmed by the Saudi Arabian embassy in Britain, emerged Saturday amid efforts to discover how a homegrown ex-con with a violent streak became radicalized and launched a deadly attack Wednesday on Westminster Bridge. Before taking the name Masood, he was called Adrian Elms and had been convicted at least twice for violent crimes.

EU nations renew pact * With Britain poised to start divorce proceedings, the 27 remaining European Union nations put pen to paper Saturday in Rome to renew their vows for continued unity. The EU nations marked the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty, as British Prime Minister Theresa May will officially trigger "Brexit" from the bloc next week a fact that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called "a tragedy."

Hundreds protest in Kyrgyzstan * Supporters of a jailed former Kyrgyzstani lawmaker tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, but police turned them back with flash grenades. Dozens were arrested. About 250 people had gathered Saturday to demand the release of Sadyr Japarov, who was arrested earlier in the day. It was not clear why he was arrested.

Japarov had lived the past few years in Cyprus after serving a prison sentence for organizing a 2013 protest that turned violent.

Belarussian police beat, arrest protesters * Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital. …

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