1. Madame Mayor of Montauban tells Macron, “There are no NGOs for the Yellow Vests”
During the “Grand Debate” with Mayors event to bring the concerns of Yellow Vest protesters to Macron, Madame Mayor of Montauban attempts to explain the huge injustices perpetrated against those who feel “forgotten by The Republic.”
Full Town Hall in French can be found HERE.
2. Rohingya insurgents attack police in western Myanmar, wounding six: State TV
YANGON (Reuters) - Six Myanmar border guard police have been wounded in an attack by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, government media reported on Saturday, amid fears of escalating violence in the region.
About 10 armed attackers from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) ambushed a border guard post near Wet Kyein village in Maungdaw township in the north of the state on Wednesday, according to the government-controlled Myanmar TV network.
A government spokesman could not be reached for comment.
3. Police probe south London mosque-based Scout group linked to Islamic extremist, over claims it segregates boys from girls and urges children to be “Muslim first”
A mosque-based scout group is being investigated by police after links to an “Islamic extremist” preacher and claims that the group leader encouraged girls as young as five pose in videos, advocating wearing the hijab.
The scout group for ages 10-14, based in Lewisham Islamic Centre in south east London, is linked to Imam Shakeel Begg, who has in the past lost a libel case against the BBC for dubbing him an extremist.
The Telegraph uncovered these links in an investigation that also found that the scout group leader Ahammed Hussain segregated groups by gender, going against the organisation's values.
Hussain has since been suspended pending a police investigation into safeguarding concerns.
It was he who admitted encouraging members to be “Muslim first”, despite the Scouts commitment to “British values.”
Facebook records also show that Hussain promoted a group that's owner donated money to David Irving, the Holocaust denier who described Hitler as a “great man.”
4. Calls for Marks & Spencer boycott following discovery of "Allah" toilet paper
There have been calls for a Marks & Spencer boycott following the alleged discovery of the word "Allah" on the supermarket's own brand toilet paper.
In a video circulating on social media, a unidentified man - who is believed to be Muslim - urges fellow followers of the faith to halt shopping at the high street retailer and to boycott the brand after displaying toilet paper that he claims bears the name of God in Arabic.
On closer inspection, the loo roll does indeed have an imprint design repeated throughout its 3-ply sheets which loosely resembles the Arabic script for the word "Allah", but it isn't clear if this is just a coincidence or deliberate malice during the manufacturing process.
5. Imam who converted to Christianity: My own family now want to kill me
A former imam from Pakistan who migrated to Germany and converted to Christianity now claims that he faces death threats in his native country from many including members of his own family.
The 34-year-old said he grew up in a religious household in Pakistan and trained from the age of eight to become an imam, just as his father and grandfather had been before him. Following missionary work in Greece, where he had planned to start his own mosque, he began his conversion to Christianity and now says he fears for his life in Pakistan, German tabloid Bild reports.
The German paper identifies the imam under a different name, Haroon Masih, for his own safety, and according to Mr Masih it was the charity of a Christian couple in Greece that began his journey to Christianity, saying that he had previously been taught to reject other faiths.
“During my studies, I persecuted and oppressed Christians myself. Then the question flared up in my heart: why?”
6. Two Buddhist monks shot dead after suspected Muslim rebels storm Thai temple
Two monks were killed and two others injured when gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, police have said.
The attack in Narathiwat province on Friday night was the latest incident in a recent upsurge of violence in the area, which since 2004 has been plagued by a separatist insurgency that has claimed about 7,000 lives.
Narathiwat is one of Thailand's three southernmost provinces, the only ones with Muslim majorities in the Buddhist-dominated country.
Witnesses described seeing armed men arrive at the temple on motorcycles, open fire with automatic weapons and then storm inside where they shot the monks in their quarters, according to a Thai news report. One of those killed was the temple's abbot.
7. Private guards in Kenya to carry guns after extremist attack
Kenya plans to allow many more private security guards around the country to carry firearms following a deadly attack by Islamic extremists in Nairobi.
The Kenyan government agency monitoring private security says the goal is to enhance the guards' ability to protect the public because they are often the first responders before state security forces can get to the scene.
The Private Security Regulatory Authority made the announcement on Friday, three days after attackers laid siege to the dusitD2 hotel, shopping and office complex.
A security company confirmed that two employees were killed in the attack.
8. "I'll cut your throat”: Teacher describes her experiences of threats and violence in Swedish schools
9. REPORT: Israel strikes Syria in rare daytime attack; Syria fires at Golan
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a projectile launched from Syria after Damascus accused Jerusalem of carrying out a rare daytime attack on the south of the country on Sunday.
Pictures from Israel’s popular Mount Hermon ski resort, which was full of tourists enjoying the snow-filled hill, showed two trails from Iron Dome missiles while screams from children were heard in a video from the scene.
The interception came shortly after the Syrian regime accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes in the south of the country, triggering air defenses that intercepted several of them.
“A military source said that our air defenses had successfully engaged an Israeli aerial attack targeting the southern region and prevented it from achieving any of its objectives,” read a report by the official Syrian news agency SANA.
Al-Manar, Hezbollah’s media network, reported the attack near Damascus but gave no further details. Syrian regime supporters said that a total of nine Israeli missiles were intercepted by regime air defenses. Russia's Ministry of Defense, according to RIA news agency, said four Israeli jets fired seven missiles at the international airport, causing no injuries to Syrian nationals.
10. "Do not give up": After "Act 10," women yellow vests take to the streets again