1. Austria shaken after four women murdered in eight days
Austria has been rocked by the murders of four women over a span of eight days, with migrant suspects in three cases.
A 21-year-old, originally from Ethiopia and holding Spanish citizenship, is suspected of stabbing his own sister to death at Vienna's central train station on Tuesday.
Police are searching for a motive and the man is now undergoing psychiatric evaluation, according to Kronen Zeitung.
On January 13, the body of 16-year-old Manuela K. was discovered by her mother under a pile of leaves in a park in Wiener Neustadt. She had reportedly been strangled.
Police arrested Yazan A., a 19-year-old Syrian migrant who was already known to police.
Yazan had allegedly dated Manuela in the past, and police were reportedly aware that he had harassed and abused her.
Police say he confessed to the crime, but showed no remorse.
On January 9, Roland H. reportedly stabbed his former partner in front of a residential building in Krumbach, according to Kurier.
Silvia K. suffered six knife wounds and Roland was charged with her murder.
On January 8, an Austrian citizen of Turkish origin stabbed his wife at least 38 times in front of their children, according to Compact.
"According to police, Senol D. is to be regarded as 'Islamist fundamentalist,'" Compact reports. "Since summer 2018, more than 30 reports have been filed against him."
Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl has responded to the rash of killings, calling for changes to Austrian asylum law and a zero-tolerance policy for migrants who commit crimes.
Austria's Secretary of State for the Ministry of the Interior, Karoline Edtstadler, addresses the rash of murders on state TV.
Former BZÖ Party Chair, Gerald Grosz, explains that Austrians are losing their freedoms because politicians refuse to deal with the cause of of growing migrant violence, choosing instead to treat the effects.
2. Eight UN peacekeepers are killed by gunmen in “vile and cowardly” attack on base in northern Mali
Eight UN peacekeepers have been killed in an attack on their base in northern Mali.
“The assault was launched early Sunday at the Aguelhok base 125 miles north of Kidal, near the border with Algeria.
“According to a new toll, still provisional, at least eight peacekeepers have been killed,” a source from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali said.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN's special representative for Mali, condemned the attack in a statement.
“Peacekeepers of the MINUSMA force at Aguelhok fought off a sophisticated attack by assailants who arrived on several armed vehicles,” he said. [...]
But the accord has failed to stop violence by Islamist militants, who have also staged attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
3. Gilets Jaunes: French “flash-ball” row over riot-gun injuries
Appalling injuries caused by French police riot guns during the yellow-vest protests have triggered anger and calls for the weapon to be banned.
The LBD launchers known by protesters as “flash-balls” have left 40 people severely wounded, reports say.
One man emerged from a coma on Friday six days after being hit in the head.
France's human rights chief has called for the weapon's use to be halted, but the government insists it is deployed only under very strict conditions.
Since the “gilets-jaunes” protests began in November, 3,000 people have been injured or even maimed and thousands more arrested.
4. Three men jailed for life after five died in Leicester shop explosion
Three men have been jailed for life after they deliberately set fire to a shop in Leicester, causing an explosion that killed five people.
Shopkeeper Aram Kurd, 34, and his friends Arkan Ali, 37, and Hawkar Hassan, 33, plotted to destroy the Polish supermarket in order to claim £300,000 in insurance because the business was failing.
They were found guilty of murder in December.
5. Norway terror attack: Female shopper knifed in busy Oslo supermarket - police swoop
The authorities are treating the incident which happened on January 17 in the capital as “terror-related.” The woman was knifed as she was paying at the till for groceries, the Norwegian police security service (PST) said today. The attacker, a 20-year-old Russian citizen, was arrested by police soon after, police said.
In a news conference PST head Benedicte Bjoernland said: “The man said under questioning that he wanted to kill several people and that this was an act of terror.”
Police were investigating possible links to Islamist extremism, adding that the victim was critically ill in hospital.
The suspect had arrived in Oslo on January 17, travelling from Russia via neighbouring Sweden, she said.
6. Finns Party Chair Jussi Kristian Halla-aho addresses child rape cases in Oulu and Helsinki and statistics showing an increase in rapes in Finland in campaign ad
7. Canadian national among accused in terror attack that killed 21 at Nairobi hotel
A Canadian national and four other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offences.
A judge ordered the five suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into the assault on the dusitD2 hotel complex. The al-Shabab group, which is linked to al-Qaida and based in neighbouring Somalia, claimed responsibility. Kenyan authorities say 21 people, including one police officer, were killed by the attackers, one of whom blew himself up beside a restaurant. Another four gunmen died. [...]
The suspects who appeared in court were identified as Joel Nganga Wainaina, Oliver Kanyango Muthee, Gladys Kaari Justus, Guleid Abdihakim and Osman Ibrahim. Abdihakim is a Canadian national, according to prosecutors.
8. Egyptian military man branded “arrogant sexual molester” by UK judge
Ashraf Aggwa, a father-of-three, assaulted three different women in a shopping centre in Ashford, Kent, in July.
A high-ranking member of the Egyptian military has been branded an “arrogant sexual molester and predator” and a “coward” by a UK judge.
Ashraf Aggwa, 54, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and handed a six-month suspended jail sentence.
Aggwa, a father-of-three and grandfather-of-two, assaulted three different women in a shopping centre in Ashford, Kent, in July 2018.
9. Sweden: 41-year-old Afghan migrant charged with murdering teen wife
A 41-year-old Afghan migrant has been charged by Swedish prosecutors in connection with the alleged murder of his teenage wife in Stockholm in 2016 after being on the run for two years.
The 41-year-old was arrested in the spring of 2018 in Iran after having first left Stockholm and then left Sweden entirely following the murder, and was on the run for two years, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
The victim had come to Sweden as an asylum seeker during the height of the migrant crisis in the latter half of 2015 and stated at the time she was 16 years old, although prosecutors alleged she may have been either 18 or 19.
She was then transferred to live in an HVB home, a home for vulnerable young people, but went missing in late March of the following year. Her body was discovered in the Hökarängen area of southern Stockholm two months later with police initially believing she may have been a victim of honour violence.
10. Macron to make national service MANDATORY for 16-year-olds in bizarre new bid for UNITY
Mr Macron has approved the scheme which will see 3,000 boys and girls take part in the Universal National Service scheme’s first test in June. The service is said to be a much tougher version of the one he promised back in his 2017 election campaign, The Times reports.
Mr Macron was a candidate for President Jacques René Chirac’s original national service scheme. Speaking about its re-vamp, he said: “Each young French person will experience military life, even briefly, to allow our democracy to be more united and increase the resilience of our society."