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EU court: EU must remove Hamas from terror list

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An EU court has ruled that the European Union should remove Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from its terrorist list.

The court handed down the ruling on Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by Hamas, a Gaza-based Islamic fundamentalist group.

The ruling says the EU's 2001 decision to list Hamas was based only on media and Internet reports, not on any considered opinion of competent authorities.

The EU has designated extremist organizations around the globe as terror groups and frozen their assets in the bloc.

The EU has 2 months to decide whether to appeal the ruling and is expected to discuss the issue at foreign ministers' meetings.

Analysts say if the EU accepts the court decision and delists Hamas, Israel could react sharply.

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