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MKO remains on EU terrorist list

The European Union published Tuesday an updated list of persons and groups that the 25-member European bloc designates as terrorists.

The Iranian Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), which was put on the EU’s terrorist list in 2002, remains on the new blacklist.

However, the MKO’s political front, the so-called National Council for Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which has its headquarters near Paris, is excluded from the list.

The MKO has been lobbying with some members of the European Parliament to have its name removed from the EU’s terrorist list.

The Communist Party of the Philippines was added to the new list, which contains the name of 45 individuals and 46 organizations.

The EU started the list following the Sept 11 attacks in the US as part of its efforts to fight terrorism.

EU governments are obliged to freeze assets of people and groups on the list, according to EU rules.

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