1. Spat over Yellow Vests: France recalls ambassador from Italy
France is recalling its ambassador to Rome for consultations amid a worsening spat spurred by the actions of Italy's deputy prime ministers.
2. Andrew Scheer on SNC Lavalin scandal: “This matter strikes at the very heart of our rule of law”
Conservatives are calling for the House of Commons Justice Committee to investigate reports that Justin Trudeau’s office interfered in a criminal prosecution.
Above video contains only English segments of CPC leader Andrew Scheer’s presser. The full video can be seen HERE.
3. Benjamin Hall sits down with a captured ISIS commander.
Fox News foreign correspondent Benjamin Hall sits down with a captured ISIS commander to discuss the future of the terrorist group as they lose more territories in Syria.
4. Brussels Nemmouche trial: Suspect “was my jailer and torturer”
Two French journalists who were held by Islamic State militants in Syria have given evidence against a man accused of murdering four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May 2014.
“I’ve absolutely no doubt that Mehdi Nemmouche, who is here now, was my jailer and torturer in Syria. I knew him as Abou Omar,” said Nicolas Hénin.
Ex-captive Didier François agreed.
The defendant, 33, denies murdering an Israeli couple, a local worker and a French volunteer at the museum.
He allegedly travelled to Syria in January 2013 and faces a separate trial in France for his alleged role as an Islamic State jailer.
5. A bullet in the back for raping a boy: Two paedophiles, 28 and 31, are publicly executed in Yemen for raping and murdering a 12-year-old
Yemen has executed two men for abducting, raping and murdering a 12-year-old boy by shooting them in public.
Wadah Refat, 28, and Mohamed Khaled, 31, had been convicted of raping and murdering a boy named Mohamed Saad in May last year.
Hundreds had gathered in the port city of Aden on Thursday to watch the men get shot dead in front of the baying crowd.
“After the rape, they could not silence the cries of the child, who begged for help, so one of them grabbed a knife and slit his throat,” court documents seen by El Mundo states.
A 33-year-old woman has also been sentenced to death for helping Refat and Khaled dismember the boy's body.
6. UK: Muslims convert homeless man to Islam, try to recruit him for jihad, threaten and assault him when he refuses
Muslims in the UK are preying on the homeless in order to radicalize them. This isn’t a new tactic. We already know that in Speakers’ Corner, gangs of Muslim males and females scour the park looking for lone individuals to befriend and gather into their fold. One young man I spoke to was approached, while he was homeless, by a gang of Muslim men. They befriended him, took him under their wing, and he felt as if they cared about him and that he had found some friends for the first time in his life.
7. Macron “constantly” meddles in Rome affairs, M5S politician says
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron is constantly meddling in Rome’s affairs via open support for the opposition Democratic Party, Fabio Castaldo, the head of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) delegation in the European Parliament, told Sputnik.
"French President Macron constantly intervenes in Italian politics, by siding with the Democratic Party, now in opposition in Italy. He even signed “political manifestos” with [former party leader and ex-Prime Minister] Matteo Renzi," Castaldo, who is also a European Parliament vice-president, said.
Castaldo noted that the meeting with the yellow vests took place as the movement "is trying to be constructively constituted and to present itself to the European elections," adding that "we totally reject any form of violence."
Related: Brothers of Italy leader, Giorgia Meloni, blasts Democratic Party leader for pandering to Macron government.
8. Burnaby South PPC candidate banned from climate change town hall for her views on sex-ed
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has barred People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson from participating in a town hall on climate change for her views on sexual education.
The town hall called “Post Offices & the Path to a Green Economy” is hosted by the CUPW and the Friends of Public Services. [...]
Despite the event’s claims to non-partisanship, event organizers have refused to invite the PPC candidate because of her advocacy against British Columbia’s sex-ed curriculum.
9. Suspects’ “virginity” defense stirs public outrage in case on Turkish woman’s death
The attorneys of two suspects who were charged with raping and killing a young female co-worker in the Turkish capital have sparked national outrage with their defense speech before a court in which they said the victim was not a virgin.
Two male business partners, Çağatay Aksu and Berk Akand had been indicted by a prosecutor for sexually assaulting and then murdering 23-year-old university student Şule Çet by throwing her out of the window of a tower in Ankara in the early hours of May 29, 2018. [...]
Amid often conflicting statements, the two suspects also failed to explain clearly why they completely cleaned the office after Çet jumped. No fingerprints were found on the window glass or the cups they used to drink alcohol, but Akand’s DNA was found inside two of Çet’s finger nails. Two private expert reports had also showed that there was a mark of a human bite on Çet’s hip together with a broken bone near her throat.
10. Grenoble Mosque shut down due to radical Islamic preaching
Authorities in Grenoble have shut down the Al-Kawthar mosque for six months following accusations of links to radical Islamic ideologies.
The decision was made by the prefect of Grenoble who issued a statement on the closure, saying “The elements collected by the specialised services have established that the remarks made and the ideas and theories disseminated within this place of worship provoke violence, hate, and discrimination.”
“Through many of his sermons, the imam legitimates armed jihad, provokes violence, hatred, and discrimination against the faithful of other religions and conveys a message contrary to republican values by legitimising sharia and discrimination against women,” the prefect added, according to Le Dauphine.