1. ISIS releases video of fighters in Baghouz as war reaches final days
Islamic State fighters have released a video from the Syrian town of Baghouz as the five-year war reaches its final days. The video urges their followers to remain steadfast as Kurdish forces edge towards the pocket of ruins that shelters the remaining Isis diehards. It is one of a few videos released by the militant group in recent months. Its tone is a far cry from the militant group's earlier productions, which boasted of victories in taking over around a third of Syria and Iraq at the height of its powers in 2014 and summoned followers from around the world to join a growing society.
2. NEVERENDUM Theresa May brings her Brexit deal back from dead for a THIRD time after Commons meltdown
THERESA May is set to bring her Brexit deal back from the dead - holding a third vote on it as a last-ditch bid to avoid a delay of up to two years.
Following a night of political chaos and a shock Tory rebellion, the House of Commons is almost certain to vote to delay Brexit today - meaning the UK won't quit the EU on March 29 as planned.
Mrs May warned that the Commons will now have to choose between a "short technical extension" to give her the chance to get her deal through at the third time of asking - or a long delay which would see Britain taking part in the next European Parliament elections.
She hinted she will hold a third "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal next week in a last-ditch bid to convince Tory rebels they must back her or risk Brexit never happening.
3. Iranian lawyer who defended women’s right to remove hijab gets 38 years, 148 lashes
After two trials described by Amnesty International as “grossly unfair,” Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.
Sotoudeh, who has dedicated her life to defending Iranian women prosecuted for removing their hijabs in public, has been in the crosshairs of Iran’s theocratic government for years. In 2010, she was convicted of conspiring to harm state security and served half of a six-year sentence. Then, in June of last year, she was rearrested on an array of dubious charges. Tried in secret, details of her ordeal have often come via her husband, Reza Khandan, who wrote of her new, much harsher sentence on his Facebook page on Monday.
Sotoudeh was ultimately charged with seven crimes and given the maximum sentence for all of them. Five additional years were added from a 2016 case in which she was convicted in absentia. The total 38-year sentence was severe even by Iranian standards — a country often accused of human rights abuses, particularly involving women. Observers say it may signal a newly hardline approach to political dissent. Last week, a radical cleric linked to mass executions in the 1980s was appointed head of the Islamic Republic’s judiciary.
4. Dutch firebrand Wilders: Man with knives detained at event
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A man carrying two knives and an axe was detained over the weekend shortly before anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was due to hand out political flyers before provincial elections.
Wilders tweeted about the incident Monday. The country’s counter-terrorism co-ordinator confirmed that the man was carrying knives and an axe but declined to release any further details about the man or whether he faced charges.
5. Fox News strongly condemns Jeanine Pirro’s remarks about Ilhan Omar’s hijab
Pirro is under fire after appearing to suggest on her Saturday program — Justice with Judge Jeanine — that Omar, whose repeated antisemitic remarks prompted the House to pass an anti-hate resolution last week, wears a hijab in defiance of the Constitution.
“Think about this: She’s not getting this anti-Israel sentiment doctrine from the Democrat Party. So if it’s not rooted in the party, where is she getting it from?” Pirro said in her opening segment. “Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
In a statement Sunday, Fox News denounced Pirro’s remarks, saying: “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Fox host Jeanine Pirro says that Ilhan Omar's hijab may mean that she's against the Constitution. pic.twitter.com/yxGRVoYkQm— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 10, 2019
6. The Adhan (Muslim Call to Prayer) at Oklahoma State Capitol 02.15.2019
7. Eleven men charged in Sheffield child sex abuse inquiry
The alleged crimes, including rape and trafficking, were committed in the city between 2010 and 2011 against one victim, South Yorkshire Police said.
All 11, who are mainly from Sheffield, are due to appear before the city's magistrates on Tuesday.
Police said the charges were part of “an ongoing multi-agency investigation” in the area.
The charged men:
Usman Din, 34, of Seaton Crescent, Sheffield - charged with three counts of rape and one count of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Tony Ejoune, 60, of Pitt Lane, Sheffield - one count of rape.
Kamaran Mahmoodi, 39, of Walkley Road, Sheffield - one count of rape.
Shangar Ibrahimi, 29, of no fixed abode - one count of rape.
Farhad Mirzaie, 29, of Ironside Road, Sheffield - two counts of rape.
Soran Ali Karim, 43, of Greenland Drive, Sheffield - one count of rape.
Kawan Omar Ahmed, 29, of Margate Drive, Sheffield - one count of rape.
Saman Mohammed, 40, of Fox Street, Sheffield - one count of rape.
Jasim Mohammed, 36, of Maxwell Way, Sheffield - three counts of rape.
Nzar Anwar, 39, of Exeter Drive, Sheffield - one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Saba Mohammed, 40, of Faranden Road, Sheffield - one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
8. Irish bill to criminalize West Bank settlement activity advances
Ireland’s lower parliament voted 78-45, with three abstentions to advance a bill that would criminalize West Bank settlement activity.
The private members bill has enough parliamentary support to be passed into law. The minority government opposes the bill, but has not been able to halt its passage through the parliament because of its minority standing.
Immediately after the vote, Irish Senator Frances Black tweeted, “Ireland will always stand for international law + human rights, & we're one step closer to making history. Onwards!”
“We have now united every opposition party behind this bill, because it is *not* a radical ask: we want to give effect to basic provisions of int law & human rights,” she wrote.
Immediately after the vote, Irish parliamentarian Maurice Quinlivan called on the government to recognize the state of Palestine.
Related video on the implications of the Frances Black Bill:
9. SKY News report: The dying days of Islamic State
A series of attacks on Baghouz have been slowed down to allow women and children to leave ahead of the final assault against IS. Around 2,000 civilians have fled the last Islamic State enclave in Syria, leaving behind a dwindling hardcore of fighters. Islamic State has lost nearly all the land it once held in Syria and occupies just a small area of around 50 square kilometres in the east of the country.
10. Syrian migrant murderer acquitted due to psychiatric illness caused by war trauma
A 24-year-old Syrian asylum seeker who stabbed his boss to death at work has been acquitted in a German court due to psychiatric issues caused by his past in Syria.
The migrant was working as a hairdresser when he stabbed his former boss, who he had previously referred to as “uncle,” in the back in the town of Troisdorf, just outside of Bonn.
According to testimony, the Syrian was extremely mentally disturbed and carried out the act in a paranoid fit of rage, Express reports.