From Spain: reports of a suspected AQIM cell broken up earlier today:
In Tuesday's police action, Operacion Submarino, four suspects were arrested in the northern city of Pamplona, three were arrested in Barcelona and one was captured in the north-east province of Castellon...
Ten other people were detained by Spanish police and suspected of helping the eight who were arrested.
So far in 2008, 27 suspected Islamist militants have been detained in Spain, most of them of Moroccan and Algerian descent.
From France: news that the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF), a Muslim Brotherhood front group, has gained political ground within the government's authorized Muslim organization:
Considered part of the global Muslim Brotherhood movement which seeks to introduce elements of Islamic law by political means, the UOIF took 30 percent of the vote, making it the second force on the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM).
It came behind the Moroccan-linked Rally of French Muslims (RMF) which won 43 percent of votes, and ahead of the Turkish Muslim federation on 12 percent, official figures showed.
The CFCM's 41 elected and 17 permanent board members now vote on June 22 to elect a new head since the two-term incumbent, the moderate rector of the Paris mosque Dalil Boubakeur, is not standing.
The Muslim council was set up five years ago by then interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy to bring together the rival currents in French Islam.
But tensions between Algerians, the larger community with an estimated 3.5 million people in France, and Moroccans, numbered at one million, have hobbled the project from the start.