1. 74 year old German must move out of flat to make room for migrants
A 74-old German social worker, who helped out during Germany's migrant crisis back in 2015, has been told he must move out of his state-provided apartment to make room for migrants. Klaus Roth has lived in his flat, 20 kilometers from Stuttgart, for 24 years.
2. Spain, Morocco reach agreement on repatriation of migrants
In their shared fight against irregular migration, Spain and Morocco have reached an unprecedented agreement on the repatriation of migrants rescued at sea.
Rabat – Until now, migrants rescued in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain were “automatically taken to Spanish ports.” From there, they would proceed to apply for asylum in Spain or continue to another EU country.
But the latest agreement between Madrid and Rabat seeks to make it possible for Salvamento Maritimo, Spain’s rescue services, to repatriate migrants to the nearest Moroccan port.
“Given our good relations with Morocco, Salvamento Maritimo will assist the Moroccan Navy if so required. In that event, rescued individuals will be taken to the nearest safe harbor, which in this case will be Moroccan,” a Spanish government source told Spanish outlet El Pais.
3. Concern as Soros-backed ventures buy major Polish media group
Polish efforts to reduce foreign ownership of the country’s media have been dealt a blow, as organisations linked to globalist financier George Soros took control of a major radio group.
Agora SA, Poland’s largest publicly-traded publisher, which was “shored up” financially by the Hungarian-born billionaire in 2016 amidst sinking sales of its globalist flagship daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, on Wednesday announced it had agreed to buy a 40 per cent share in Eurozet, a media company which owns several radio stations.
The remaining 60 per cent stake in the group, whose assets include the country’s second largest station, Radio ZET, will be held by SFS Ventures, part of Soros’ Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF).
4. Budapest Process meeting in Istanbul brings clash between Péter Szijjártó and Soros man
“The meeting of the Budapest Process in Istanbul resulted in a clash between Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and one of George Soros’s men”, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Tamás Menczer said on Wednesday in the Turkish capital in the recess of the 6th ministerial-level session of the Budapest Process, in reply to a question from Hungarian news agency MTI.
“The Hungarian Foreign Minister represented the interests of the European people, but Brussels Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos exclusively stressed the rights of migrants, and during his ten-minute speech did not say a single word about the rights and security of the people of Europe”, Mr. Menczer explained. “According to Péter Szijjártó, people who travel through a safe country are not refugees, migration is not a fundamental human right, and the security of the European people is paramount”, he also pointed out. “The trouble should not be brought into Europe; assistance must be taken to where the trouble is”, he said, quoting Mr. Szijjártó.
In this excerpt of an interview on MT1 about the clash at the recent Budapest Process meeting in Istanbul, Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó describes the divide among European countries that hold “completely different worldviews about migration.”
5. Venezuelan soldiers kill two in clash over aid on Brazilian border
Venezuelan soldiers shot and killed two people and wounded 15 others when they tried to prevent the troops from blocking an entry route for humanitarian aid on the Brazilian border, a human rights groups said on Friday.
“An indigenous woman and her husband were killed and at least 15 other members of the Pemon indigenous community were injured,” said the civil humanities association Kape Kape.
The clash occurred close to the border with Brazil, which President Nicolas Maduro ordered closed on Thursday.
After this first bloodshed linked to efforts to bring aid into the country against the orders of embattled Maduro, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly appealed for violence to be avoided in Venezuela, a U.N. spokesman said.
Clashes at Venezuela Brazil border over food aid delivery
Maduro dances while denying the entry of humanitarian aid
6. French forces kill top Al-Qaeda commander in Sahel
French armed forces have killed a top jihadist leader in an air and ground ambush in Mali, the government said on Friday, ending a years-long hunt for a man accused of masterminding the kidnapping of Westerners in the Sahel region.
Djamel Okacha, an Algerian commander in Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed on Thursday after French commandos, helicopters and a drone hit a column of vehicles he was travelling in north of Timbuktu, French officials said.
Okacha, a jihadist veteran known also as Yahya Abou El Hamame, was “the mastermind and financer of several attacks,” the defence ministry said. US officials had accused him of kidnapping a number of Westerners in North and West Africa.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly described his killing as a “spectacular action”, saying it followed a manhunt which lasted several years. His death “deals a very hard blow to terrorist groups in the Sahel,” Parly said.
7. Fox News crew forced to relocate as Palestinians hurl grenades at Gaza border
IDF soldiers were forced to make Fox News’ Trey Yingst cut a live report short when Palestinian rioters threw grenades and IEDs, imperilling the news crew’s safety.
During a live report, our soldiers had to ask @FoxNews reporter @TreyYingst to leave the location he was reporting from due to rioters throwing grenades & IEDs.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 22, 2019
The distance he was standing from the Gaza border fence is the same distance some Israeli families live from it too. pic.twitter.com/2ol5WNYt5i
8. Yellow Vests Act 15: Picnic at chateau, tear gas on promenade (VIDEOS)
The Yellow Vest movement staged anti-government protests for the 15th week in a row on Saturday, with thousands participating across France. Some minor clashes were reported during the generally peaceful day of action.
The French Interior Ministry estimates that a total of 41,500 people marched in streets around the country, a dwindling number compared to almost 300,000 at the peak of the movement’s strength.
French authorities arrested 13 protesters in Clermont-Ferrand, with the police reporting the seizure of baseball bats, crowbars and other weapons.
9. Irregular Migration: Spain to increase height of border fence in Ceuta
Rabat – Spain is set to increase the height of the double border fences between Spain and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
The Spanish Ministry of Interior said that the barbed wire in the fences would be replaced by other non-injurious items, according to AFP.
“The height of the fence will be increased by 30 percent, reaching ten meters, where most of the entries occurred,” Minister of Interior Fernando Grande Marlaska said.
The statement of the ministry said that “all the barbed wire will be replaced by an element” which will guarantee security “without hurting” migrants all along the fence.
10. ISIS bride who married 3 jihadis says she'll “have no problem returning to US” as dad sues
Hoda Muthana who joined ISIS in 2014 and married three jihadis claims she’ll have no problem returning to the US after her father filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and his administration for blocking her return.
The ISIS bride is currently in a Syrian refugee camp waiting to be allowed back into the US, despite joining the terrorist group. Her father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, has filed a lawsuit against the Republican firebrand and his administration for saying they will block her from re-entering the country as she is not a US citizen. Mr Trump tweeted: “I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the country.” [...]
As Hoda’s father was only living in the US as a Yemeni diplomat when she was born, she is not a citizen.
The children of diplomas are not given citizenship if they are born in a foreign country where their parents are posted.