1. GREECE: Police use tear gas to push back migrants at Diavata
New clashes broke out on Friday afternoon between riot police and migrants near the Diavata reception centre in northern Greece, after a new group of people tried to break through police lines in a bid to reach the border.
About 2,000 migrants, including families with small children, had gathered in a cornfield outside the camp by Friday afternoon, following a call on social media to try and cross the border and head to northern Europe.
Migrants, reportedly led by an Algerian national in a wheelchair, picked up their belongings and tried to push forward. Riot police responding with tear gas and stun grenades.
After failing to flee, some migrants moved in the opposite direction and set some dry grass on fire, creating a stifling atmosphere.
2. Greece: Migrant protest brings Athens' main train station to standstill
A group of migrants seeking passage to the Greek border with North Macedonia held a sit-down protest in Athens' "Larissa Station" on Friday, leading to a standstill in the train service.
Police were deployed to the scene, as protesters reportedly walked along the tracks towards Thessaloniki.
Up to 150 migrants are requesting to be transferred to Diavata village in northern Greece, from where they reportedly hope to reach more prosperous European countries, using the migrant route that was shut down in 2016.
Related: Migrants occupy Athens rail station in border passage bid
3. Prominent Catholic Cardinal blasts those using the Bible to promote mass migration
Christians should not bow down to the false altar of mass migration, particularly when it comes to importing non-Christians into Christian nations, a top cardinal in the Catholic Church said last week.
“It is a false exegesis to use the Word of God to promote migration. God never wanted these rifts,” Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an interview published March 27 by the French-language publication Valeurs Actuelles.
A translation of some of his remarks was provided in a report by Fox News.
Sarah, the head of the Vatican’s liturgy office and originally from the African country of Guinea, is a conservative voice within the church.
His views on migration run counter to those of Pope Francis, who has criticized nations that build barriers to keep out migrants.
4. “Sweden needs to do more to convict rapists”: Amnesty report
The human rights group Amnesty International has called on Sweden to do more to bring rapists to justice after a new report highlighted the fact that less than five percent of reported rapes currently lead to a conviction.
According to the report Time for Change: Justice for Rape Survivors in the Nordics, only 236 of the 5,236 rapes reported in Sweden in 2017 led to a conviction, or just 4.5 percent.
This compares to the 78 convictions for 1,504 reported rapes in Norway in 2016 (5 percent), 94 convictions for 890 reported rapes in Denmark (10 percent), and 209 convictions for 1,245 reported rapes in Finland (16 percent).
5. Parliament ain’t just bad - it’s criminal: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN on jailbird MP Fiona Onasanya casting the deciding vote on the latest Stop Brexit manoeuvre
Just when you thought Parliament couldn’t sink any lower, along comes jailbird MP Fiona Onasanya to cast the deciding vote in favour of the latest Stop Brexit manoeuvre.
Onasanya walked through the voting lobby wearing the electronic ankle tag with which she was fitted after being released early from HMP Bronzefield in Surrey.
Her participation ensured that the Bill to change the law so that Britain can’t leave the EU without a “deal” passed by the narrowest of margins, 313 to 312. [...]
If she had been forced to complete her full term she would still have been in prison and, therefore, unable to vote.
Such is the desperation of those determined to defy the democratic will of the British people that they are prepared to rely on the help of a convicted criminal to get their way.
6. AUSTRALIA: Senator Fraser Anning responds to censure motion
7. Saudi Arabia arrests more activists, including 2 US citizens
Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women's rights and those with ties to jailed activists, a person with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday.
It marks the first sweep of arrests to target individuals perceived as critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. The arrests come despite global outcry over Khashoggi's grisly killing by Saudi agents in an operation directed by former top aides to the crown prince.
The arrested individuals, nearly all of whom were detained on Thursday, are not seen as front-line activists. They are writers and advocates who quietly supported greater social reforms and most had ties to the group of women's rights activists currently on trial.
Those detained include a pregnant woman and seven men, among them two U.S.-Saudi nationals: Badr al-Ibrahim, a writer and physician, and Salah al-Haidar, whose mother is prominent women's rights activist Aziza al-Yousef who was recently temporarily released from prison.
8. Man who plotted against U.S., wanted to join ISIS arrested in Montana
An Albanian man who talked about attacking random people and wanting to join ISIS was arrested at a gun range in Montana, according to authorities.
9. Martin Hess AfD: “The truth is, Germany is becoming increasingly unsafe”
AfD member Martin Hess sharply criticized the Interior Minister Horst Seehofer for refusing to explicitly talk about immigrant violence when presenting crime statistics in the Bundestag. "We used to have no concrete bollards and heavy-armed police in our inner cities, and there were no women's protection zones at public events, but it's obvious to everyone every day that we live more insecure than before." Click HERE to watch video.
10. Yemen’s Houthis target UN employees
Yemen’s Houthi militias have once again targeted United Nations employees tasked with reinforcing a truce in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.
Waddah Aldbish, a spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab coalition, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the insurgents opened fire on 89 employees of the World Food Program (WFP) and others to deny them access to the Red Sea Mills in the port.
He said armed Houthis surrounded the UN convoy and threatened to target employees and to confiscate their equipment and vehicles. The militias then forced the employees to return to where they came from.