1. Prosecutor: Investigations on threats against Covington High School children already under way
2. French waitress disarms gun-wielding migrant who shouted “Allahu Akbar”
A waitress in the French city of Montpellier was able to disarm a 43-year-old Moroccan migrant armed with a pistol after he threatened patrons of the restaurant in which she worked.
The 43-year-old entered the restaurant L’Escale on Saturday evening at around 6:45 p.m. to make an order and while waiting for his food began to pray to himself telling the waitress “it’s haram” and forcing her to sit down with him. He then proceeded to tell the waitress he had a pistol in his pocket and was planning on killing one of the customers eating at the restaurant, E-Metropolitain reports.
The waitress attempted to calm the man down and when he lowered his head in prayer she, along with other customers, managed to grab the pistol from his possession and restrain him until police were able to arrive.
3. Jacob Rees Mogg: SHUT DOWN Parliament if they delay Brexit
4. Israel is the first country to finalize post-BREXIT deal with the UK
The UK agreed in principle to a post-Brexit free trade agreement with Israel, the two sides revealed at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Britain’s Secretary for International Trade Liam Fox announced the decision on Wednesday together with Israel’s Economy Minister Eli Cohen.
“I’m delighted that as Britain prepares to leave the European Union and to ensure continuity for our businesses in both directions, we’ve reached agreement in principle today with our colleagues in Israel,” Fox said.
“Israel has been one of the most cooperative and productive partners in this relationship where our trade is already strong and set to go further,” he added. “For us, the continuity as we leave the European Union will be a precursor to an even more ambitious agreement in the future.”
5. Italy: Migrant narrowly avoids lynching after alleged alleyway rape attempt
A Nigerian migrant narrowly avoided being lynched by an angry mob of Italians after attempting to drag a local woman into an alley in an attempt to rape her.
The incident took place on a street behind the Piazza Garibaldi in the vicinity of the Napoli Centrale railway station in Naples at around 8:30 pm at night. The Nigerian, later identified as 41-year-old Stephen Pope, attempted to drag a local woman into an alley while groping her with police being alerted by her screaming, Il Giornale reports. [...]
It was later revealed that [the attempted rapist] Mr Pope had come to Italy in 2008 seeking asylum after arriving illegally in Lampedusa, and has made repeated requests for protection over the last ten years. He has since been charged with acts of sexual violence.
The incident is just the latest alleged sex attack committed by a migrant in the vicinity of a railway station and follows the rape of a young boy in Brindisi by a pair of Pakistani migrants who also dragged their victim into a nearby alley in February of last year.
6. “We are not worried” says Hungarian Foreign Minister about EU fund cut threat
Péter Szijjártó speaks to Euronews about the European Parliament backing plans to freeze funds to countries violating rule of law. He says such moves are 'basically a matter of revenge against Hungary' for voting the ruling Fidesz party into power.
7. Top Pakistani court sets date for hearing on Christian woman
A Pakistani Christian woman's defense lawyer says the country's top court has set the date for the much-awaited hearing on a petition by radical Islamists against her acquittal from death row.
The lawyer, Saiful Malook, says the Supreme Court will review the petition against Asia Bibi next Tuesday.
Bibi was on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case but was acquitted by the Supreme Court last October.
The acquittal sparked nationwide protests by radical Islamists and compelled authorities to take Bibi into hiding. She has since been living at a secret location, under guard.
The extremists have threatened to kill anyone who supports Bibi. Her lawyer says he is confident the court will reject the petition and confirm Bibi's acquittal, meaning she would be free to leave Pakistan.
8. PACE: Sharia law incompatible with basic human rights
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has condemned the use of sharia law in Europe. It questions whether the traditional Muslim code, is in step with basic human rights.
9. Italy: Anti-terrorism unit probes threat against Salvini
An Italian anti-terrorism unit is investigating graffiti on a wall in Milan inciting violence against Italy's firebrand interior minister, Matteo Salvini.
The blue lettering that appeared Thursday urges: "Don't shoot blanks. Shoot Salvini." It bears a red A inside a circle, a typical anarchist symbol, and the figure of Salvini in a law enforcement uniform.
Salvini responded to the threat saying, "nothing and no one scares me, or will stop me."
The call to violence was condemned by politicians across the spectrum, recalling the so-called "Years of Lead" from the late 1960s into the early 1980s, marked by left-wing and right-wing political violence.
10. German police union leader, Rainer Wendt: “Weapons smuggling in Germany is very ‘lively.’ There is a huge market for it here.”
In Berlin, the police proceeded with a large-scale raid against weapons smugglers. Several apartments and buildings have been searched. Rainer Wendt, chairman of the German police union is interviewed on German TV about the crackdown on international weapons dealers and the difficulty presented by Arab clans.