1. Spain: Chaos breaks out as Barcelona Antifa counter far-right Vox rally
Police clashed with Antifa protesters who had taken to Barcelona streets to counter a demo by far-right Vox party supporters on Saturday.
Antifa protesters removed security fences separating the far-right demo and its counter-rally, threw stones at the police and set dumpsters and wood on fire in the Catalan capital.
According to reports, seven people were arrested in the unrest and five suffered minor injuries.
Vox is against regional autonomy in Spain and sued both the Parliament of Catalonia and several individual pro-independence politicians following the Catalan independence declaration.
2. German police arrest 11 more suspected of planning terror attack
German law enforcement officials say 11 people were arrested in western Germany on suspicion of planning an Islamic extremist terror attack but were then ordered released after no weapons or explosives were found during searches.
The dpa news agency reported the suspects were taken into custody on Friday and Saturday in the towns of Essen, Duesseldorf, Wuppertal, Moenchengladbach, Duisburg and Ulm, citing a spokesman for prosecutors in Duesseldorf.
The prosecutors' spokesman was quoted as saying Saturday that the group was suspected of having ties to Islamic State militants, either as sympathizers or a splinter group, and of planning a "serious act of violent subversion," although there was no indication of a specific target.
The prosecutor's office said the suspects were ordered released but the investigation would continue.
3. Mob of migrants brutally beat Spanish guards
A mob of around twenty migrants in an asylum reception centre in Spain are said to have brutally beaten two security guards with sticks and rocks while threatening to kill them.
The attack occurred at a reception centre for unaccompanied underage migrants in Hortaleza, a district of the Spanish capital of Madrid. The violence occurred after the two guards refused to allow two “troubled boys” access to other areas of the building, El Mundo reports.
The two males then proceeded to attempt to force their way through the guards and used their feet and fists to start beating them. The guards chased after the males after they managed to get by them, and were then attacked again.
Another guard arrived to see the pair being viciously beaten by around twenty migrant youths. Another sixty or more were prevented from joining the attack.
4. Hungary government says suspected ISIS beheader had pre-paid debit card from EU
The Hungarian government claims a suspected Islamic State terrorist who entered Europe posing as a refugee was in possession of a pre-paid debit card from the European Union, and that the EU has issued 64,000 such cards to migrants.
“A Syrian national by the name of F. Hassan was detained in Budapest by the officers of the Counter-terrorism Centre (TEK) on suspicion of acts of terror, including involvement in explosive attacks and carrying out multiple executions in his homeland in 2016,” reported Dr Zoltán Kovács, Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communications international spokesman for the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
“TEK collaborated with Europol and the secret services of several countries to investigate the alleged criminal activities and European network of the Syrian man, who is thought to have been a high-ranking IS leader,” Kovács continued, describing how the asylum seeker had claimed he was working for the Greek security services after being discovered and brought to court.
5. New Zealand: Mongrel Mob leader says members won't hand in their guns
Gang members will not be handing in their guns following the law reform announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a Mongrel Mob leader has said.
Sonny Fatu, president of the Waikato branch of the Mongrel Mob, said that, while some members of the gang may have illegal guns, they will not be handing them in as they are necessary to their protection.
"Will gangs get rid of their weapons? No. Because of who we are, we can't guarantee our own safety," he told Stuff.
He admitted many of the gang's estimated 1000 associates hold illegal firearms but says they should be trusted not to harm innocent people.
6. AKP to evaluate election results to decide on future moves: Erdoğan
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the preliminary results of the March 31 local elections showed that his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) became the winner of the municipal elections “by a majority just like when our party came to power on Nov. 3, 2002.”
“We, as the AKP, have come out of this election as the leading party by a majority. In terms of alliances also, we, together with the Nationalist Movement Party [MHP], have also come first. We, as the AKP, have lost some of the municipalities,” Erdoğan said late March 31 in Istanbul, before departing for the capital Ankara, where he said he would deliver a speech at the balcony of his party’s headquarters.
“We will accept that we have won the hearts of our people in the places where we won, and we were not successful enough in the places where we lost, and we will decide on our action plan accordingly,” he said.
Turkish elections yield major surprise:
#Breaking: Turkey's state news owned broadcasts have stopped counting the votes in #Turkey, after Turkish president Erdogan's party was losing in a close call in #Istanbul and in #Ankara! pic.twitter.com/LTVglRgmuh— Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁ (@sotiridi) March 31, 2019
7. EU foreign policy chief: Bloc won't recognize Israeli sovereignty on Golan
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Sunday that ignoring United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Golan Heights was “not a solution”.
"Let me be very clear, the European Union will continue to not recognize Israeli sovereignty on territories occupied in 1967," she told an Arab League summit in Tunis.
Mogherini also said a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine was “the only viable and realistic solution ... we have a responsibility to prevent the two-state solution from being irreversibly dismantled.”
“Any future plan will have to recognize the internationally agreed parameters including on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, and the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of the two states.”
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation last week recognising the Golan Heights as part of Israel, which annexed the area in 1981 after capturing it from Syria in 1967.
Arab leaders, long divided by regional rivalries, unanimously condemned President Trump's decision on Sunday at the Arab League summit.
8. Pakistan: Teenage boy shot dead for resisting sexual assault in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: A man gunned down a 14-year-old boy after he put resistance to an attempted rape in Rawalpindi on Saturday.
Father of the victim said that his son, Syed Zain Ali a ninth grader, was on his way to coaching center when the accused, Ghayyur Haider approached him and attempted sodomy after taking him to his residence within the jurisdiction of Race Course Police Station.
However, Zain refused to surrender and put up a fight, which enraged Ghayyur and he shot him on chest and fled the scene.
The injured student was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
9. Kim Foxx spoke at fundraiser hosted by George Soros’ son this month
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office is under fire after dropping all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, recently attended at a fundraiser hosted by Alex Soros, the son of progressive billionaire George Soros, who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a super PAC that supported her.
Foxx spoke at a fundraiser for the Justice and Public Safety PAC hosted at the New York apartment of Alex Soros on March 5th, roughly three weeks prior to Smollett being let off the hook for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself, according to photos shared to social media.
As Breitbart News reported Tuesday, state campaign records show that George Soros personally donated $333,000 to a PAC supporting Foxx, who was running against incumbent top prosecutor Anita Alvarez, prior to the March 15h, 2016 primary. The far-left hedge fund manager also contributed another $75,000 after Foxx won, bringing the total to $408,000.
10. Macron’s France: Average of three church attacks per day
French churches are coming increasingly under attack with an average of nearly three churches per day targetted for vandalism alone over the past three years.
A report from the Central Criminal Intelligence Service (SCRC) of the gendarmerie noted that from 2016 to 2018 there had been thousands of cases of church vandalism, peaking in 2017 with 1,045 cases, Le Figaro reports.
According to the French Ministry of the Interior, when cemeteries and other sites are taken into consideration, the number of acts of vandalism rose to 1,063 in 2018.
Earlier this year, in one week alone France saw twelve churches vandalised, including attackers attempting to set fire to the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris.
In Nimes, an even more heinous attack occurred, with vandals smearing faeces on the wall of the church of Notre-Dame des Enfants and stealing objects from the altar.