1. “Champagne terrorists”: Salvini urges France to extradite Italian terror suspects
“Stop harbouring fugitives” - the message from Italy's interior minister
2. Gohmert on Google “blacklist” leak: “If Mr. Pichai lied to Congress… it would be a criminal matter”
Breitbart News recently published yet another leak from within Google, which reveals that YouTube has manually intervened to blacklist pro-life videos in its search results on numerous occasions. It was further revealed that Google often engages in “manual actions” in order to correct controversial search results in their search product, as well as their Google Home and Google Assistant device search results. Some of the altered search results reportedly relate to Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters and anti-gun activist David Hogg.
3. Southern Poverty Law Center slapped with racketeering suit over “false hate group designation”
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), claiming that SPLC operators Richard Cohen and Heidi Beirich have violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) by “falsely designating CIS as a hate group.”
CIS describes itself as “an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization” that “pursue[s[ a single mission – providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.”
The SPLC, on the other hand, describes itself on its website as “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.”
If you go to the SPLC website, the CIS mission is presented as being the “go-to think tank for the anti-immigrant movement” and racism.
4. Egyptian Cleric: Films, TV have given women the impression they can refuse husbands' calls to bed
During a Friday sermon at the Al-Adawi Mosque in Mit Asas, Egypt, Sheikh Ahmad Abd Al-Bari said that the leading reason that wives refuse their husbands' calls to bed are movies and TV series that have taught them to be disobedient. He said that these shows have given women the impression that they have independent lives and that they can reject their husbands' calls to bed as they please. He also quoted a hadith by the Prophet Muhammad that said that a woman must obey her husband's call to bed even if she is riding a camel. The sermon was uploaded to the Internet on December 21, 2018.
5. China temporarily detains Canadian family as Huawei spat escalates
A Canadian woman whose pro-democracy father is imprisoned in China was detained and intimidated by Chinese security authorities while transiting through Beijing International Airport on Wednesday.
The detention of Ti-Anna Wang and her infant daughter and husband appears to be the latest reprisal against Canadians in a Chinese campaign to force Canada to allow a senior executive of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to return home. Ms. Wang’s family was en route from Seoul to Toronto on a connecting flight through Beijing International Airport when six police officers boarded the aircraft.
“I was escorted off, detained with my daughter and separated from my husband for almost two hours,” Ms. Wang said in an e-mail to The Globe and Mail. “It was a shocking, terrifying and senseless ordeal with no purpose but to bully, punish and intimidate me and my family.”
6. Suspected TERROR PLOT to “destroy” White House tomorrow foiled as Georgia man charged
The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb, of Cumming, Georgia. Taheb is charged with “intent to destroy by fire or explosive a building owned, possessed or leased by the United States or any department or agency thereof, or any institution or organisation receiving federal financial assistance'. The suspect appeared in a federal court in Atlanta Wednesday.
All threats have been “neutralised”, the United States attorney for the district of Georgia, Byung Jin “BJay” Pak, confirmed.
Mr Pak said of the suspect: “His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington DC area by using explosive devices including an improvised explosive device and an anti-tank rocket.”
Anti-tank rockets are guided missiles designed to defeat armoured vehicles.
7. Canadian citizen killed in suspected “honour” killing
A 40-year-old Canadian citizen was killed in a suspected case of “honour” killing in what was reported initially as a suicide.
The victim, Safia Nasir, embraced Islam and married a resident of Lahore’s Samna-bad area a few years ago. The couple also had a nine-month-old child from the marriage. [...]
Police said initial investigation suggests that she was strangled by a noose and then her murder was disguised as a suicide.
8. Moroccan court sentences married woman to prison for kissing man
Rabat – A married woman has lost her appeals case after the Court of Cassation in Bouleman in the Atlas Mountains sentenced her to adultery for kissing a man.
According to Legal-Agenda, the defense said the court’s decision had no basis.
The woman’s lawyers appealed the court’s initial ruling, but they failed to change the court’s decision.
The court had sentenced the woman to four months in prison and imposed a fee of MAD 5,000 on her.
For the court, the woman’s confession to the judicial police was sufficient to prove infidelity, leading to her sentence in accordance to Article 493 of the criminal code.
9. German court rules deported Tunisian should not be returned to Germany
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court ruled on Wednesday that a suspected Islamist militant who was deported to Tunisia in July must not be returned to Germany, saying it no longer believed the man faced torture or human rights abuses in his native land.
Sami Aidoudi was deported in July, despite a court ruling hours before he left that said he should be allowed to stay. Another court demanded he be returned to Germany, saying he could be tortured in Tunisia.
In the latest ruling on Wednesday, a court said he should not be returned because he had not been “tortured or had his human rights mistreated since his deportation to Tunisia.”
10. Militants kidnap Christian man in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
Islamic militants on Thursday kidnapped a Christian man traveling in a communal taxi in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, according to security officials, an incident that raises the specter of renewed attacks on minority Christians in the region after a two-year lull.
The officials did not identify the man, but said police pursued the kidnappers into the desert to which they fled after the incident, killing one of them and wounding two others in a firefight, but could not free the hostage. Two policemen were also wounded in the firefight, said the officials.
There was no word on whether any of the other passengers traveling in the taxi, a minibus, were harmed, suggesting that the kidnapping of the Christian man could have been planned. The attack took place about 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of el-Arish, northern Sinai's largest city, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
A spate of attacks on Christians in northern Sinai in late 2016 and early 2017 forced nearly 300 families to flee their homes there and find refuge elsewhere in Egypt. Those killed included a cleric, workers, a doctor and a merchant. The last Christian to be killed in Sinai was in January 2018, when militants gunned him down as he walked on the street in el-Arish.