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White House plans conference on countering violent extremism

1 year 10 months 3 weeks ago January 11, 2015 Jan 11, 2015 Sunday, January 11 2015 January 11, 2015 9:51 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The White House plans a conference next month on efforts to counter violent extremism - in light of this past week's shootings in France, and earlier attacks in Canada and Australia.

The meeting will highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting and inspiring others in the United States and elsewhere to carry out violent acts.

The White House says the Feb. 18 summit will build upon a current U.S. strategy to address the threat of violent extremism. The White House says cities such as Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis-St. Paul have taken a leading role as part of their approach to crime prevention and community safety.

Representatives from other countries will attend, though the White House did not identify them.

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