1. New York City bomber found guilty of terrorism charges
NEW YORK – A Bangladeshi immigrant who set off a pipe bomb in New York City's busiest subway station at rush hour has been convicted of terrorism charges.
The verdict against Akayed Ullah was returned on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
The defense said Ullah intended to kill only himself last Dec. 11. Nobody died and most of the injuries were not serious.
Prosecutors said he wanted to maim or kill commuters as part of a "lone wolf" terrorist attack on behalf of the Islamic State group.
They disputed the defense claim, saying Ullah would not have worn a bomb had he wanted to kill only himself.
They also cited social media postings by Ullah as well as comments he made after his arrest to investigators.
2. Pakistani gang rapist told victim’s mother: Politically correct police “won’t touch us”
The mother of a Huddersfield grooming gang victim said her daughter’s rapist told her the police “won’t touch me, they don’t like us P***s.”
The mother of “Girl L” told the Huddersfield Examiner that she had struggled to get West Yorkshire Police to take her complaints of grooming and abuse against her daughter seriously, and several times told the rapists to stay away from her daughter.
On one occasion, she said she told Irfan Ahmed (also known as “Finny”, pictured above, left) on the telephone: “I’ve reported you to the police for child sexual exploitation.”
To which, she said Ahmed replied: “Bring it on, they won’t touch me, they don’t like us P***s.”
3. Geert Wilders challenges “absurd ruling” from European Court of Human Rights during question period in Dutch Parliament
4. Report: 20,000 migrants “almost all armed with knives” to cross Europe’s external border
A breakthrough of more than 20,000 migrants preparing to cross the Bosnia-Croatia border and on to European Union (EU) nations is imminent, according to Austrian intelligence, which warns many are ”armed.”
Migrant attempts to break into the EU have grown increasingly bold and forceful, with police and illegal immigrants injured in several clashes since the middle of October, when hundreds began camping at the border — reportedly after having been given misinformation that Croatia was set to open its frontiers.
According to Italian news agency ANSA, local media reports the groups send numbers of young people and children towards the police line to chant “open border, open border”, while clashes see mobs of young men charge at police, and throw stones and other projectiles.
5. Canada consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors
OTTAWA — The federal government is consulting experts and community leaders ahead of a new national anti-racism strategy, but in a series of secretive meetings to avoid them turning into public shouting matches.
Four meetings have already been held — all in southern Ontario — and another 19 are to take place nationwide before the end of the year.
However, the government is not publicizing who attended, who will be at future meetings or even where those meetings are taking place. Participation is by invitation only.
There are still Canadian communities where people face systemic racism, oppression and discrimination, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said Friday.
The minister has not, however, directly explained why he told The Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this week that systemic racism was not “part of his vocabulary” and that Canada was not in fact a racist society.
6. US militia groups planning to form their own caravan and head to border: report
Civilian militia groups are reportedly headed to the border to try to help enforce U.S. immigration law as roughly 6,000 immigrants move northward through Mexico.
"We’ll observe and report, and offer aid in any way we can," the president of the Texas Minutemen, Shannon McGauley, told The Washington Post. "We've proved ourselves before, and we'll prove ourselves again."
McGauley said that the Texas Minutemen have 100 volunteers headed to the border, with more likely on the way. They are reportedly packing coolers, tents, guns and aerial drones for their trip.
“I can’t put a number on it,” he added. “My phone’s been ringing nonstop for the last seven days. You got other militias, and husbands and wives, people coming from Oregon, Indiana. We’ve even got two from Canada.”
7. PJ Media: Canada upholds Allah/Muhammad’s ban on adoption
Many in the West were shocked to learn that, in recently ruling that criticism of Muhammad is tantamount to incitement to hatred and thus not protected free speech, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had effectively adopted Islamic Sharia’s ban on free speech — a formerly prized and zealously guarded Western right.
The greater shock, however, is not that the ECHR ruled in compliance with Sharia, but that many Western nations intentionally uphold Sharia stipulations that contradict one-time Western values — even as most of their citizenry have no clue.
Take, for instance, a Canadian law which — in accordance with Sharia — essentially banned the adoption of children from Muslim nations.
As last week’s CBC report explained, back in 2013 “Canada banned adoptions from Pakistan without warning”
8. Shocking moment morality police RUN OVER “a female student protesting compulsory hijab laws” in Iran
This is the moment Iranian police drove a van into a woman protesting against being forced to wear a hijab at university.
Shocking footage from Sohanak University, east of the capital Tehran, shows the van pushing the standing protester down a road for around 50 yards.
9. Controversy as Italian school textbooks revealed to promote only pro-mass migration views
Media investigations have found Italian school textbooks have a totally pro-mass migration slant, which has been deemed “migratory propaganda.”
The migration crisis has been a focal part of Italian politics and has led to a surge in popularity for the populist League party which fiercely opposes open borders.
An investigation by Italian media shows that while voters are largely rejecting mass migration, Italian middle and high school pupils are only being taught about it from a positive point of view, with Il Giornale referring to the curricula as “migratory propaganda.”
The textbook The Eye of History: An Integrated Course in History and Geography is one such pro-mass migration book that contains various exercises for high school students including one that states: “Today, schools must favour the integration of the children of immigrants and therefore the creation of a multi-ethnic and multicultural society.”
10. Asia Bibi's husband begs Trump for asylum as fears for her safety persist
The husband of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman recently freed from death row in Pakistan, is pleading for President Donald Trump and other Western leaders to grant his family asylum, as fears for her life persist.
In a brief video message seen by Reuters, Ashiq Masih also begged Canada and the U.K. to consider opening their doors to the persecuted mother of five, who is now believed to be living in terror at an undisclosed location in Pakistan.
“I am requesting the President of the United States Donald Trump to help us exit from Pakistan,” Masih reportedly said. “I also request the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to help us, I also request the Prime Minister of Canada.”