1. Conservative speaker assaulted at University of Missouri-Kansas
Podcast host Michael Knowles opens up about being assaulted and the targeting of conservatives on campuses.
Related: Daily Wire columnist assaulted giving “Men Are Not Women” speech; college student charged
A student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is facing charges after he allegedly attacked conservative columnist Michael Knowles during a speaking event Thursday.
Gerard G. Dabu is charged with assault and resisting arrest after he allegedly threw an unknown liquid at Mr. Knowles while he gave a speech titled, “Men Are Not Women,” at an event hosted by Young Americans for Freedom, a local CBS affiliate reported.
Chancellor Mauli Agrawal released a statement Friday saying tests revealed the substance was “lavender oil and some other non-toxic household liquids.”
Protesters at the event held signs that read, “Trans rights are human rights” and “Trans men are men,” and Mr. Knowles‘ speech was repeatedly interrupted, the student newspaper reported. Videos taken at the event showed authorities wrestling with a protester on the ground and using a Taser while others chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
2. Yvette Felarca ordered to pay $20,000 in attorney’s fees over “frivolous” lawsuit
Yvette Felarca, a leader of the Antifa group By Any Means Necessary, has been ordered by a judge to pay $20,000 in attorneys fees to Judicial Watch. Berkeleyside reports the judge determined the case brought by Felarca was frivolous:
“In his order, Judge Vince Chhabria called Felarca and her colleagues’ lawsuit against Berkeley Unified, in which conservative organization Judicial Watch was named a party, "frivolous" and "unreasonable."…
The case stems from a 2017 records request filed by Judicial Watch. The group asked Berkeley Unified for all emails sent among district and King Middle School staff related to Felarca and her radical activism with By Any Means Necessary. Felarca has been a prominent figure at many local political rallies and is currently facing a felony charge in Sacramento for allegedly assaulting a neo-Nazi demonstrator.
3. Paris police foil potential attack, arrest armed man at railway station
French police arrested an armed man and two others at the Austerlitz train station in Paris this week, with all three coming from migrant backgrounds.
The police operation took place on Tuesday at around 4 pm and saw officers from the specialist anti-gang Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) secure the area after railway police had arrested a man armed with a pistol around an hour before, Le Parisien reports.
At first, police feared the armed man may have been plotting a terrorist attack as two other men attempted to flee from the police and hide in the station toilets.
“Given the situation and the profile of the type arrested, we decided to play it with caution,” a source close to the investigation told Le Parisien.
The source added that investigators were still looking into potential links between the armed man and the other two saying that it was a possibility they merely hid from police for other reasons.
4. German ISIS woman goes on trial after letting 5-year-old “slave” girl die of thirst
A German woman who joined the terrorist group ISIS went on trial accused of letting a Yazidi girl she and her husband kept as a slave die of thirst. This case is reportedly the first in the world for international crimes committed by ISIS members against the minority group.
Jennifer W. appeared in Munich’s court on April 9 where her trial is initially scheduled until Sept. 30. The 27-year-old could face life in prison if she is convicted of murder, murder as a war crime, obtaining membership in a terrorist organization, and other violations of the German War Weapons Control Act, according to AFP.
Related video: German news channel WELT reports that Jennifer W. is said to have bought the 5 year old Yazidi slave girl in 2015. After the girl got sick and wet the bed, her Iraqi husband chained the girl up outdoors in the 45 degree heat where she eventually died painfully from thirst.
5. Conservative candidate David Abbott is suspended over Islam posts
A Conservative council candidate has been suspended after The Times presented the party with Facebook posts he made about Islam.
Posts by David Abbott, 64, who was announced last week as a candidate for Houghton Regis town council in Bedfordshire, were highlighted by the “MatesJacob” Twitter account.
They were made in a Facebook group entitled Jacob Rees-Mogg: Supporters’ Group. In one post Mr Abbott wrote: “Moslems are commanded to do everything in their power, including killing, to rid the world of every person who does not follow Islam.”
6. Hungarian Opera asked singers to identify as black to meet "absurd" casting requirements
The Hungarian State Opera asked its white singers to sign a letter declaring they identify as black in reaction to casting requirements of Gershwin’s African-American 1935 folk opera Porgy and Bess.
The letter, reportedly signed by half of the cast, was claimed to have been sent by the general director of the Hungarian State Opera Szilveszter Okovacs.
Signatories signed the document which allegedly declared "African-American origin and consciousness are an integral part of my identity," according to Hungarian news website Index which had sight of the letter.
Sargent Aborn, of Tams-Witmark, the agency that represents the Gershwin Estate, told The New York Times on Tuesday that the Hungarian State Opera had previously confirmed "in writing that they understood the need to cast black singers to present the work dramatically, [and] a licence was issued for the 2018 production" but that this licence has now expired.
7. Nigeria evacuates whole town to screen for Boko Haram members
Nigerian soldiers have evacuated the entire population of a town in the north-eastern insurgency-hit state of Borno without warning.
The military said people were evacuated ahead of operations, but residents of Jakana said they were taken to a camp this week in the state capital Maiduguri to check whether they were members of the extremist group Boko Haram. Jakana is home to about 10,000 people. [...]
The conflict in north-eastern Nigeria is almost 10 years old, but shows no sign of being resolved. Boko Haram and its Isis-affiliated splinter group, Islamic State west Africa province (Iswap) continue to roam the countryside, while the military holds on to some garrison towns.
Civilians are caught in the crossfire, with many dead and disappeared. Thousands who have fled their homes are unable to return, with others newly displaced: sources in the north-east said residents of the towns of Kukawa and Gudumbali were also ordered to leave their homes.
8. Migrants investigated over bombing of populist Salvini party office
A pair of Moroccan migrants in Italy are under investigation in connection with the bombing of an office of populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s League party.
The attack occurred in January and saw the front door of the League office in San Valentino Torio damaged following an explosive blast that was downplayed by left-wing politicians as "Christmas fireworks," Il Giornale reports.
Prosecutors say that the two main suspects in the attack are 41-year-old Abderrahim S. and 37-year-old Moktar J. who are being investigated under suspicion of detonating explosives. The pair were identified with the help of CCTV footage.
9. France jails “jihadist” woman accused over foiled terror attack
One of three women allegedly involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was on Friday sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for earlier offences.
Ines Madani, 22, was sentenced following a three-day trial during which she was accused of encouraging would-be jihadists to go to Syria and participate in attacks against France between March 2015 and June 2016.
She used Telegram -- an encrypted messaging app widely used by jihadists to communicate.
Judge Isabelle Prevost-Desprez said that Madani was "recruited" by Oumar Diaw, also known as Abou Barrou, an influential jihadist of the Islamic State group.
She used different pseudonyms on social networks, pretending for example to be Abu Souleymane, a jihadist returned from Raqa to carry out attacks in France.
10. UK: Second wife row man cleared of fire murder
A man has been cleared of setting his wife on fire during a row about his second wife.
Abdi Quule, 45, was accused of pouring white spirit over 43-year-old Kaltoun Saleh and engulfing her in flames in the early hours of 5 July last year.
The mother of four suffered 92% burns in the fire at the family home in Holloway, north London.
She was put into an induced coma and died in hospital a month and a half later, the Old Bailey heard.
Afterwards, Mr Quule claimed she had accidentally caught fire in the kitchen while cooking him porridge and he was hurt as he tried to help her. [...]
During the trial, prosecutor Jake Hallam QC had said the couple had a happy marriage for many years but Mrs Saleh had become upset after the defendant took a second wife in Somalia under Islamic law.