1. “There will be two civilisations in Europe – one Christian, one mixed Islamic”: Hungary's PM calls for “anti-immigrant forces” to take over EU and says he'll “fight” Macron to save his country
Hungarian PM Viktor Orban warned of two civilisations in Europe - one Christian, the other mixed Islamic - as he called for an “anti-immigrant” coup in the EU.
Speaking at a news conference in Budapest, Orban predicted there would be two civilisations, “one mixed Muslim-Christian in the West, and one traditional European-Christian in Central Europe.”
The nationalist leader called for “anti-immigration forces” to seize power in May's European elections and said he would “fight” French President Emmanuel Macron, who he claimed was leading a pro-immigration agenda.
He welcomed a “Warsaw-Rome axis” as he echoed calls for a “European Spring” made by the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini who challenged the “French-German axis” on Wednesday during a visit to Warsaw.
Click HERE to see longer version of press conference.
2. German authorities announce surveilling of Pro-Chemnitz group
German authorities announced that they will officially begin surveilling the activities of the far-right group Pro-Chemnitz.
3. CBC: Saudi teen under UN protection after fleeing her family to seek asylum
Eighteen-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun has left the Bangkok airport hotel, where she had barricaded herself, after talks with the United Nations refugee agency. The young woman will be allowed to stay in Thailand temporarily following claims that she faces death if sent back to Saudi Arabia.
4. Morocco’s BCIJ dismantles new ISIS terror cell in Eastern Morocco
Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled a three-member ISIS cell on Tuesday in Nador and Driouch, two cities in eastern Morocco.
The suspects, between the ages of 18 to 31, were active in eastern Morocco’s Rif region, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior.
During the operation, BCIJ seized knives, hunting rifles, military suits, firearms, texts glorifying extremism, batteries, and electric wires.
The ISIS cell was plotting terror attacks to undermine the security and stability of Morocco.
5. Police in Canada can now demand breath samples in bars, at home
It may sound unbelievable, but Canada’s revised laws on impaired driving could see police demand breath samples from people in bars, restaurants, or even at home. And if you say no, you could be arrested, face a criminal record, ordered to pay a fine, and subjected to a driving suspension.
You could be in violation of the impaired driving laws even two hours after you’ve been driving. Now, the onus is on drivers to prove they weren’t impaired when they were on the road.
“It’s ridiculous, it’s basically criminalizing you having a drink at your kitchen table,” Paul Doroshenko, a Vancouver criminal defence lawyer who specializes in impaired driving cases, told Global News.
6. US to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria: Pompeo
The US will work with allies to “expel every last Iranian boot” from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
Mr Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left.
He also criticised ex-President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, saying he had made “dire misjudgements.”
Mr Pompeo was speaking in Cairo three weeks after President Donald Trump said US troops were pulling out of Syria.
The announcement had shocked US allies and sparked strong criticism in Washington.
7. PayPal closes account of neo-Nazi group with ties to Assad, Hezbollah, and anti-Israel boycotts
PayPal, the U.S.-headquartered digital payments company, has shut the account of The Third Way, a German neo-Nazi party with links to Iranian-backed Hezbollah, the Syrian regime, and the anti-Israel boycott movement, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
The donation section on The Third Way website states: “This recipient is currently unable to receive money.” The group’s PayPal page, where the account is listed, encourages support for a convicted Holocaust denier, saying, “Freedom for Horst Mahler: Political Prisoner of the Federal Republic of Germany.”
8. Greece: Clashes as Merkel Athens visit met with protests
Hundreds of left-wing protesters demonstrating against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Greece were met with tear gas as they clashed with police in Athens on Thursday.
Protesters chanted slogans and attacked a police bus with flags, as seen in footage filmed on Thursday. Police dispersed the protesters by using tear gas.
Many protesters blame the German Chancellor for the policies of austerity endured by Greeks since 2010.
9. Video: Venezuelan military tank caught trying to crush journalist at protest
A graphic video surfaced on social media Wednesday showing a Venezuelan military tank in Maracaibo, Zulia state, chasing and attempting to run over a journalist covering protests against the socialist government.
Madelyn Palmar, of the local outlet Venezolano News and Unión Radio, ran away from the tank and managed to hop over a road guardrail as the tank appears to violently careen in her direction. The tank is clearly labeled “GNB,” the Spanish language initials for the “Bolivarian National Guard” – typically dictator Nicolás Maduro’s preferred vehicle for civilian repression. A male voice can be heard in the video shouting, “Made, get out of there!”
Fellow journalist Lenín Danieri, also in town to cover the protests, is attributed with taking the video.
#9Ene La periodista @Madepalmar, sufrió ataques directos durante la cobertura de la represión por parte de efectivos de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana a comerciantes del casco central. Vídeo Cortesía: @LDanieri pic.twitter.com/0X8qt5vkzX— VPItv (@VPITV) January 9, 2019
10. CBC: Bernier challenges media to ask Trudeau if he still believes in a “World Parliament”
Full interview HERE.