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Euro 2016: 82 security staff revealed to be on terror watch list – French intelligence

A new shocking twist in the Euro 2016 saga has emerged just days after stark warnings ISIS would make the event a target. It turns out 82 of the people hired for security posts on the football cup are on French terror watch lists.

The Directorate General of Internal Security (ISB) has screened a total of 3,500 individuals already hired for the job of ensuring the safety of visitors, according to Le Point. Those among the 82 found on the watch list could by definition either belong to a terrorist group, such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), or have a history of questionable behavior or extreme beliefs on either the left or right.

According to French authorities, some 90,000 personnel in total will be on duty during Euro 2016, including the stadiums, fan zones and on the streets. Of those, 77,000 are police and gendarmerie, while the rest comprise security and military personnel, as well as 1,000 or so volunteers.

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Syria: At least 270 civilians killed by terrorists as Al-Nusra regroups, reports say

Reports state that many armed groups that participate in the UN ceasefire discussion were not adhering to the discussed ceasefire.

More than 270 civilians have been killed within the last 24 hours during terrorist shelling in Syrian cities, according o the Russian Defence Ministry.

Although, the reports also state that the number of territories in Syria which have rejoined the ceasefire has increased to 133, RT reported.

A June 4 bulletin released by the Russian center for reconciliation of the opposing sides stated that the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Al-Nusra Front has regrouped and has "launched active warfare."

The Russian Defence Ministry stated that the attack by al-Nusra was possible as the militants share their territory with the "moderate opposition" and hence have not been targetted by the military airstrikes.

RT reported that Al-Nursra with Ahrar al-Sham attacked in the Sheikh Maqsood neighbourhood of Aleppo controlled by the Kurdish militia. The attac…