Eleven gang members and one accomplice - all Germans - had met regularly to plan, with all but one of them pledging to contribute thousands towards a $59,000 pool to finance the purchase of weapons, prosecutors said.
Saeed Noori, an Australian citizen of Afghan descent, was charged over Thursday's car attack in Melbourne that injured 19 people including foreigners.
French Presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been formally charged over allegations that he used public money to pay family members, including his wife, for work they might not have done.
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