1. Judge rules to end Khadr's remaining sentence
An Alberta judge has ruled in favour of Omar Khadr's request to effectively end his eight-year sentence for the killing of a U.S. soldier.
2. Joshua Boyle's trial opens with estranged spouse electing to lift publication ban
The trial of former hostage Joshua Boyle, charged with assault, sexual assault and other offences, began Monday with one of the alleged victims, his estranged spouse, electing to lift the publication ban that has shielded her identity for more than a year.
Boyle, 35, is facing 19 charges relating to two alleged victims, with Caitlan Coleman identified as the victim for 17 of the charges. Coleman was Boyle's spouse when he was arrested by Ottawa police on Jan. 1, 2018.
The identity of the second victim remains protected by a court-ordered publication ban.
Boyle has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently out on bail under house arrest. [...]
Their return to Canada in October 2017, alongside three children they had during their five years in captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan, made international headlines. The family visited with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not long after their return.
Related: Reporter Andrew Duffy reports from the Joshua Boyle trial
3. Palestinian Cleric at Al-Aqsa Mosque: France will become an Islamic country through Jihad
Palestinian cleric Abu Taqi Al-Din Al-Dari said in an Al-Aqsa Mosque address that was uploaded to the Internet on March 12, 2019 that young people in Germany and France do not value marriage as much as Muslims do, but that this is not the reason that France will become an Islamic country. Rather, he explained, France will become an Islamic country through Jihad, since Muslims must have a country that will bring Islam’s guidance and message to the West. He gave examples of times in history when countries in the West and Asia were ruled by the Ottoman Empire, which he described as an Islamic state, and he said that the Islamic nation is capable of “returning to its former self” and spreading Islam. Sheik Taqi Al-Din added that the entire world will be subject to the rule of Islam in one of three ways: People will either convert to Islam, be forced to pay the jizya poll tax, or be fought against for the sake of Allah.
4. Terrorist-linked Islamists gathered to pray outside Parliament in Copenhagen – Danish politicians responded by burning the Quran
Islamists belonging to the terrorist-linked organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir held mass prayer at Christiansborg in central Copenhagen on Friday.
At the same time, the immigration-critical party, Stram Kurs (Strict Course), held a counter-demonstration nearby to criticise the organisation and cook “bacon á la Quran” by burning the Quran on a grill.
Hizb ut-Tahrir’s self-proclaimed goal is to abolish democracy and introduce an Islamist sharia-led society instead. [...]
At 12:30 pm on Friday, about a hundred supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir gathered to participate in the organisation’s Friday prayer outside the Danish Parliament in protest against what they mean is an Islam-hostile climate in the country.
The organisation holds the country’s “hateful” politicians and media responsible for the development that causes attacks on Muslims.
The immigration-critical party Stram Kurs with party leader Rasmus Paludan at the forefront, reacted by simultaneously holding a counter-demonstration near the mass prayer.
Related: Video of the event was taken and the remarks made by the speaker from Hizb ut-Tahrir have been translated from Arabic. Click HERE to watch.
5. Hungarians catch suspected ISIS beheader from Syria
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Syrian man suspected of having taken part in beheadings carried out by the Islamic State in Homs has been taken into custody and questioned by authorities in Hungary.
The 27-year-old, whose name wasn’t released, has refugee status in Greece. He was initially apprehended in December at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport when he and a female companion were found to have forged personal IDs.
While he was awaiting deportation to Greece, officials discovered, in cooperation with Belgian prosecutors, that the man has been an IS member since 2016.
He is suspected of having taken part in the beheadings of about 20 relatives of a Homs resident who refused to join the extremist group. The killings were meant as revenge and to terrify local residents.
6. President Trump hosts student activists, signs executive order on campus free speech
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday to require colleges and universities to "support free speech" on campus or risk loss of federal research funds.
The president invited a handful of students on stage to share their stories of having their free speech restricted on campus. One young woman said her school did not allow her to hand out Valentine's Day cards with Christian messages on them. Another said she was told to place trigger warnings around campus in order to share her pro-life message.
Trump said the students in the room have stood up to political "indoctrination."
"You refuse to be silenced by powerful institutions and closed-minded critics," the president said.
Related video: "This is a great day for free speech" -Cabot Phillips on Fox News
Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips joined The Story with Martha MacCallum to discuss President Trump's executive order on free speech.
7. ISIS 100 percent eliminated in Syria, White House claims
The territorial ISIS caliphate in Syria has now been 100 percent eliminated, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Friday.
President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions before now, announced ISIS' defeat, but this time it would appeared the claim had the full backing of the White House and Pentagon.
Sanders, speaking to the traveling press pool of reporters on Air Force One as the president headed to Florida, Sanders directed reporters to the Department of Defense for further questions but shared a photo of what appeared to be the same map President Trump declassified and showed reporters on Wednesday.
She said acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on the plane and had briefed the president on the news.
8. CENSORED: UNHRC cuts off Hillel Neuer for naming regimes in anti-Israeli debate
UNHRC cuts off UN Watch's Hillel Neuer for attempting to list regimes who spoke in anti-Israeli debate. "The worst censorship I've experienced in 15 years at the UN."
9. Italy repatriates “radical” Moroccan Imam for “extremism”
Rabat – Italy deported a Moroccan imam on a direct flight to Casablanca on Monday, March 18, on the grounds of radicalism.
The Italian la Voce outlet reported that the imam was propagating extremist interpretations of Qur’anic precepts during his sermons.
The Italian Ministry of the Interior deported Houssam Din Rouzak, 36, “for security reasons,” the Italian Corriere Torino news outlet reported.
Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini described Din Rouzak in a tweet as “radicalized” and “violent.” There is “zero tolerance for those who, in the name of God, attempt to wage war in our homeland,” he wrote.
Italian intelligence services have kept a close watch on Din Rouzak since 2012, when he adopted a rigid understanding of the Qur’an and showed an “aggressive attitude” towards colleagues at the Center of Islamic Studies in Novara.
10. Sweden, population 10.2 million, offers asylum to China’s over 10 million Uyhgur Muslims
The Swedish government will be opening the doors to China’s persecuted Uyghur Muslims and allow them to claim asylum in the country.
The decision was made this week by the Swedish Migration Board to ease up the regulations for Uyghur Muslims claiming asylum in Sweden saying that they, along with other persecuted Muslims, would be welcome, Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.
Carl Bexelius, Deputy Legal Chief at the Migration Board, expanded on the reasons for the move saying, “What we have seen is that it is rather far-reaching state repression, where one can seize and detain persons without actual criminal charges. You are placed in what is described as retraining camp. This happens arbitrarily.”