Ger­many seeks new pow­ers on ex­trem­ism

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Ger­many’s se­cu­rity ser­vices yes­ter­day said they are seek­ing greater pow­ers to fight the kind of far-right ex­trem­ism be­hind last week’s syn­a­gogue at­tack, in­clud­ing a re­quire­ment that in­ter­net com­pa­nies re­port il­le­gal hate speech to po­lice. A Ger­man man pre­vi­ously un­known to po­lice con­fessed to car­ry­ing out the at­tack in the east­ern city of Halle on Wed­nes­day in which two peo­ple were killed. The gun­man, iden­ti­fied by prose­cu­tors only as Stephan B, 27, be­cause of pri­vacy rules, al­legedly built the firearms he used with the help of on­line in­struc­tions, posted an anti-Semitic out­burst be­fore the at­tack and later broad­cast the shoot­ing live on a pop­u­lar gam­ing site.

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