1. Migrants “rush to cross Channel by boat before Brexit”
People smugglers are telling migrants that they must enter the UK before "the borders shut properly" after Brexit, a BBC South East investigation found.
More than 100 people, the majority claiming to be Iranian, have entered British waters in boats this month.
An undercover reporter found smuggling operations were being organised at makeshift camps in northern France.
Authorities said they wanted to stop a repeat of the Mediterranean crisis in which 2,000 migrants drowned this year.
"When [the] UK is out of Europe, the borders will be shut properly," a smuggler told an undercover reporter posing as an Iranian migrant at a camp in Dunkirk.
"This jungle will be cleared. They will put everyone in jail."
BBC VIDEO: Footage shows people-smuggling plans over Channel crossing
2. Massive protest in Pakistan over acquittal of Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy
Thousands of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) members and supporters flooded the streets of Sukkur on Sunday for the so-called 'Million March'. Protesters are condemning the Supreme Court's recent acquittal and subsequent release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. MMA president Fazal-ur-Rehman attended the mass rally and addressed the protesters from a makeshift stage.
3. French "yellow vest" protests spread elsewhere in Europe
PARIS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- "Yellow vest" protests in France over fuel prices and low living standards have spread to neighboring countries, causing disorder in Spain, Belgium and elsewhere.
In Belgium, several dozen protestors wearing yellow high-visibility vests were detained at a fuel depot near the border with France, while in Spain, road blocks caused traffic jams on the cross-border highway.
An EU statement said the situation was "obstructing the free circulation of goods between member states," estimating the cost at 2 million euros (2.27 million U.S. dollars).
For a week, "yellow vests" protestors have blocked highways across French cities with burning barricades and slow-moving trucks, obstructing the access to fuel depots, shopping centers and some factories.
Hundreds were injured in the violence, including protestors, police officers, gendarmes and firefighters, with some in critical conditions.
In his plan to accelerate the country's energy transition and encourage motorists to switch to clean cars, French President Emmanuel Macron introduced a higher tax on diesel, the most commonly used car fuel in France, igniting critics who accused him of being out of touch with ordinary people.
Tweet promoting “Yellow Vest” protest in Netherlands
Video from Belgium:
The demonstration of yellow vests in Charleroi. Police officers were slightly injured and the damage report is significant:
Video from Germany:
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4. Shocking new info: Boston bomber court documents unsealed
Court documents just unsealed from the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev revealed that Tsarnaev allegedly told a college classmate that his brother Tamerlan “had committed jihad” through his involvement in a previous triple murder.
The case involved the murders of Raphael Teken, 37, Erik Weissman, 31, and Tamerlan’s friend Brendan Mess, 25 on Sept. 11, 2011. According to federal prosecutors, the three “were bound, their throats were cut, and at least one of them had marijuana sprinkled over his body.”
Recently unsealed court documents revealed that Dzhokhar’s college roommate Dias Kadyrbayev, 24, told his lawyer that Dzhokhar had told him that Tamerlan was involved in the murders, which Dzhokhar referred to as “jihad.”
Kadyrbayev was charged with obstruction for removing a backpack, laptop, fireworks and other incriminating items from Dzhokhar’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth after the bombings.
Kadyrbayev offered to testify against Dzhokhar in exchange for leniency. Dzhokhar’s lawyers wanted the jurors to hear Kadyrbayev’s testimony as part of their strategy to paint Tamerlan as the driving force behind the bombings. However, the testimony was nixed from the trial after prosecutors objected and the judge agreed.
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar planted the bombs that killed three and injured several hundred people in 2013 at the Boston Marathon.
5. Three arrested as Greece breaks migrant smuggling ring
ROME (AP) – Greek authorities say they have broken a criminal ring that smuggled migrants that had entered Greece illegally to Italy by using small vessels departing from remote beaches.
A police statement Monday said three men have been arrested for alleged ring membership, while 9 more are being sought.
The suspects were caught Friday in the southern Peloponnese region, allegedly preparing to take a group of 46 migrants to Italy on a 12-meter (40-foot) long vessel.
Police said the ring charged migrants, who were seeking to continue their journey to more affluent European countries, to handle the entire Greek leg of their trip.
6. Poland: Swastikas drawn on Holocaust memorial
A monument commemorating the Holocaust in the Jewish cemetery in Sochaczew, Poland has been defaced last weekend with swastikas and ISIS inscriptions
Vandals desecrated the monument, and wrote “Death to Poland” and “Isis rules,” alongside the anti-Semitic graffiti.
The commemorative monument has inlayed plaques in English, Hebrew, and Polish in memory of the Jews who were murdered by the Nazis in WWII.
7. MSNBC reporter busts narrative, admits migrants are mostly men
MSNBC reporter Gadi Schwartz, who is on the ground in Tijuana, Mexico, said Monday that most of the caravan members he’s encountered are males — many of whom are not seeking asylum.
MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked Schwartz to characterize the group of migrants he’s encountered, stating, “Some people look at these images and they listen to the president, who says, ‘It’s not women and children, it’s stone cold criminals.'
'Give us the profile of who’s there mostly and what they’re looking for,’” Ruhle added.
Schwartz explained that there are a lot of families “in the inner sanctum of the shelter,” but revealed that outside of the tent city there are scores of men trying to cross the border.
“The truth is, the majority of the people that are in this caravan, especially outside — if we can make our way all the way over there, we’ll show you the majority of them are men,” Schwartz said. “From what we’ve seen, the majority are actually men and some of these men have not articulated that need for asylum.”
“They're Playing the Game”: Homan says migrant caravan mostly men seeking jobs, not women & children
Trump on Tear Gas Use at Mexico Border
Video in tweet shows lineups for free food. Where are the women and children?
The line for food just outside the camp confines. Free meals are served at 10am and 5pm. There are 5,150 migrants now at the camp in Tijuana. pic.twitter.com/6BRcbcWRHg— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 24, 2018
8. Austrian chapel to broadcast call to prayer throughout December to show Islam “is religion of peace”
A chapel in Linz, Austria, is set to blast out the Muslim call to prayer each day throughout the Christmas period as part of an “art installation” aimed at emphasising “that Islam is a religion of peace.”
At certain times each day between December 2nd and 23rd, people strolling through the centre of Linz will be treated to “a special kind of audiovisual experience,” when recordings of muezzin calls, which were taped in Algeria, Mozambique, Istanbul, and Singapore, are played from the chapel of the Upper Austrian Cultural Quarter’s Ursuline Church.
The organisers behind “ADHINA” say the installation “succeeds in linking the aesthetics of different realms of reality,” when visitors hear “the muezzin call as an Islamic ritual” melding together with “the everyday sounds of a secular-urban world,”, as they walk past the “Christian sacral architecture” at the site, where the baroque buildings were founded as a monastery.
9. Geert Wilders: "Mayor of Amsterdam must be dismissed!"
Showing no regard for the rule of law, the Mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, has indicated she does not want to implement the burka ban in her town. Geert Wilders responds.
10. Classroom evacuated because student is wearing MAGA hat