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By Paul Carrel and Martin Schlicht | BERLIN/DRESDEN, Germany BERLIN/DRESDEN, Germany A Syrian refugee arrested in Germany on Monday was ready to strike imminently with attacks similar to those in Brussels and Paris, and the suspect was probably inspired by the Islamic State militant group, investigators said.Jaber Albakr, 22, arrived in Germany in February last year during a migrant influx into the country and was granted temporary asylum in June 2015. Officials said he had not previously aroused suspicion.The suspect's background will prove unwelcome news for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have lost support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party over her refugee-friendly policy.Speaking during a news conference after talks in Niger's capital Niamey, Merkel lauded German police for the arrest and hinted her government could tighten security laws. "We have to do everything possible, also if necessary change the laws in order to ensure safety of the people in Germany," she said.Police had been looking for the Syrian suspect since he evaded them during a raid on Saturday on an apartment in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, where they found 1.5 kg of highly-charged explosives.They arrested him after acting on a tip-off that other Syrians were holding him at an apartment in Leipzig, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Chemnitz."According to what we know, the preparations in Chemnitz are similar to the preparations for the attacks in Paris and Brussels," federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.
LISBON Thousands of Portuguese cab drivers blocked access to Lisbon international airport on Monday to protest government plans to regulate alternative ride-hailing services like Uber, and vowed to maintain their blockade until their demands are met.Travellers arriving in Lisbon queued for hours to buy metro tickets to the city centre as protesters kept competitors from U.S.-based Uber and its Spanish rival Cabify from getting to the airport, attacking those who tried to pick up or drop off passengers with stones. Several cars were badly damaged.At one point, protesters scuffled with police, who used tear gas, fired blanks and arrested three taxi drivers. Violence subsided when representatives of the drivers' unions were summoned for talks with Environment Minister Joao Pedro Fernandes.