• Abdeslam slapped with terror charges over Paris attacks

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    PARIS: A French court on Wednesday charged Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam over his role in the Nov. 2015 carnage that left 130 dead, just hours after his extradition from Belgium. Abdeslam, a French national of Moroccan origin who grew up in Belgium, is believed to be the last surviving member of a terror squad that hit cafes, a concert hall and the national stadium in Paris on Nov. 13. More than a month after his capture in Belgium, Abdeslam was brought to France by helicopter early on Wednesday where he was formally placed under arrest before being swept off to the main Paris court, where he spent several hours. His lawyer Frank Berton said that investigating judges charged him with murder, association with a terrorist group, possession of weapons and explosives as well as sequestration over the hostage-taking at the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were killed.

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