1. CANADA: Twitter user banned under new policy for “misgendering”
A Canadian feminist, Meghan Murphy, is suing Twitter - for banning her over her tweets about transgender people.
2. “Our daughters were manipulated by evil people. They should be helped, not punished”: Father of one of the “Bethnal Green Three” - who fled London to join ISIS - claim they “pose no threat” to Britain
The father of one of the “Bethnal Green three” says Britain has a duty to welcome Shamima Begum back and told MailOnline today: “She should be allowed to come home and have her baby in peace.”
Abase Hussen, whose daughter Amira is thought to be alive and still alongside ISIS in Syria, said the schoolgirls are victims who should be “helped, not punished.”
Miss Begum is heavily pregnant with her third child and living in a Syrian refugee camp. She says Amira is alive but Kadiza Sultana, the third girl who fled the UK with them, died in an air strike two years ago.
Mr Hussen, 52, who once was filmed at a London flag-burning rally attended by Anjem Choudary, said the three young jihadi brides had “just made a mistake.”
3. Philippines: Most of N.Cotabato set to join Moro region
Sixty-three out of 67 villages in North Cotabato voted Yes to join the newly-formed autonomous region for Muslims in southern Philippines, according to official results of a second referendum on Thursday.
The second phase of the referendum on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on Feb. 6 covered six towns -- Tagoloan, Balo-i, Pantar, Munai, Nunungan and Tangcal -- in northwestern Lanao del Norte and 67 residential areas in North Cotabato.
The Philippines Election Commission (COMELEC) announced that while 63 residential areas voted to be part of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), all six towns in Lanao del Norte voted against it.
The Philippines' landmark BOL was officially ratified on Jan. 25 following the results of the first round of voting on Jan. 21 which granted comprehensive autonomy to Moro Muslims.
More than 1.54 million people -- over 85 percent of the electorate -- voted in favor of the BOL, while some 190,000 voted against, according to official results.
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his pleasure at the results.
“I’m glad that it has succeeded and I am inviting everyone here ... to join us in government,” Duterte was quoted as saying by Philippine news site Rappler.
“Be part of it. You can bury your weapons. You won't need them,” he was quoted.
4. 187 ex-jihadists surrender in Cameroon
Nearly 200 Cameroonians who were members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group have returned home and surrendered to the authorities after breaking with the organisation, the government said Thursday.
A total of 187 former jihadists from the district of Mayo-Sava, in Cameroon's Far North province, gave themselves up, many of them returning from Nigeria on foot, provincial governor Midjiyawa Bakari said.
After surrendering to the authorities in the towns of Kolofata and Meme, they were enrolled in a programme to reintegrate them into society, he said.
They were taken on Wednesday to a base of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MMF), an anti-Boko Haram force combining soldiers from Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria, he said.
“They don't represent any danger or any risk -- quite the opposite, everything will be put in place for them to resocialise, learn the spirit of patriotism and public duty,” Bakari said.
About a thousand former jihadists, including children under 15, had already joined the reinsertion programme.
5. Tucker Carlson: Ousting Trump via 25th Amendment is an attempted coup says Dershowitz
Retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says attempting to use the 25th Amendment to circumvent an election is despicable.
6. Sweden dismiss swimming head for anti-headscarf remarks
The Swedish Athletic Federation dismissed its swimming federation president due to anti-headscarf criticisms Thursday.
The federation decided Ulla Gustavsson will be removed from office after a meeting.
The federation said it would not discriminate against athletes, nor allow anyone to do it.
The move came after Gustavsson criticized a photograph of an athlete wearing a headscarf in the publication of the athletic federation’s online website.
“Headscarf is a means of pressure on children and a sign of sexuality. Child marriage, honor killings, do we have a place for these in our values? If immigrants want to do sports, they can do it without a headscarf,” Gustavsson said.
7. Top EU official warns supporters of Hungary's Orban that they're being "misled"
The vice president of the European Commission visited Budapest on Saturday with the message that supporters of Hungary's far-right government are being misled into xenophobia.
8. Malaysia arrests six accused of planning attacks, links to militants
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities said on Friday they have arrested six people, including four foreigners, suspected of planning attacks or being members of militant groups.
Malaysia has been on high alert since gunmen allied with Islamic State (IS) carried out a series of attacks in Jakarta, the capital of neighboring Indonesia, in January 2016.
Police said the six were arrested in five separate raids between December and January, on suspicion of planning attacks or having links to militant groups.
“They include two Malaysians and four foreigners from Singapore, Bangladesh, the Philippines and a South Asian country,” Fuzi Harun, police inspector general, said in a statement posted on social media.
The group included a 48-year-old Singaporean accused of planning to attack a building used by Freemasons in the state of Johor. He is believed to have links with Akel Zainal, a Malaysian identified as an IS fighter in Syria, police said.
9. Saudi Arabia defends mobile app allowing men to monitor women relatives
Saudi Arabia on Saturday defended a mobile app that allows men in the kingdom to track female relatives after rights groups and a US lawmaker criticised tech giants for offering it.
The Absher app provides services for "all members of the society... including women, the elderly, and people with special needs", the interior ministry said in a statement via the official Saudi Press Agency.
The free app is available on Android and Apple smartphones and allows users to renew passports and visas as well as a variety of other electronic services, AFP said.
Still, critics have said the app enables abuse against women and girls by allowing men to track their movements. Apple and Google are currently investigating the Saudi app, according to the Insider website.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told US National Public Radio earlier this week he had not heard of the app, but would “take a look at it.”
10. 800 jihadists to wreak havoc if Britain does not take back fighters, US warns
Britain and its European allies are running out of time to take back their jihadists captured in Syria to prevent a surge in terror attacks on home soil, senior US officials have warned.
With Isil's caliphate on the brink of collapse Trump administration officials have told The Sunday Telegraph they fear some of the 800 detained soldiers will wreak havoc unless European governments put them on trial.
The rare rebuke by America of its anti-Isil coalition partners comes as the British government showed further signs of division on how to handle stranded foreign fighters and their family members.