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British PM Announces New Measures Against Extremists

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced new measures to fight extremism following last month's deadly terrorist attacks in London.

In London on Friday, Mr. Blair said authorities will deny asylum to anyone with terror links, and that foreigners who advocate violence or preach hatred could be deported. British nationals could be imprisoned. He said the government also may review its human rights legislation. Britain, as a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, cannot deport people to a country where they could be tortured or killed. Members of Britain's Muslim community have expressed concern that Muslims will be alienated and unfairly targeted. Bombings July 7th in London killed 56 people, including four attackers. Two sisters charged with withholding information about the failed attempts to bomb London's transit system again on July 21st appeared in a London court today -- and were ordered to remain in custody until their next hearing, set for August 11th.

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