1. Hungary's Fidesz party faces expulsion from European People's Party
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party faces expulsion from the largest political grouping in the European Union.
2. Somali pirate arrested after trying to claim asylum in Europe
A Somali migrant, alleged to have been involved in piracy incidents in 2010 and 2011, has been arrested after trying to claim asylum in Salzburg, Austria.
The 24-year-old asylum seeker was arrested by Austrian police earlier this week and is believed to have taken part in incidents off the coast of Somalia in which pirates captured two German ships, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports.
The Somalian was arrested on February 12th and was sent to jail in Salzburg prison in Puch near Hallein for ten days and is expected to be extradited to Germany.
3. Giorgia Meloni: “We are the only country that says, you can’t migrate to Italy unless you pay smugglers!”
Speaking at the Chamber of Deputies during a debate on security, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni blasts the parties of the Left for discriminating against native Italians, and legal immigrants to the country and says “basta!’ with the accusations of institutional racism.
4. Lord Ahmed charged with attempted rape of girl
A member of the House of Lords has been charged with two counts of attempting to rape a girl.
Former Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, 61, is also charged with indecent assault of a boy under 13.
Prosecutors allege the offences took place between 1971 and 1974, when Lord Ahmed would have been aged between 14 and 17.
Two other men, Mohammed Farouq, 68, and Mohammed Tariq, 63, both from Rotherham, have also been charged.
All three men are due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on 19 March.
Mr Farouq of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, is charged with four counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 13 between 1968 and 1972.
Mr Tariq of Gerard Road, Rotherham is charged with two counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 13 between 1970 and 1972.
Lord Ahmed, The first Muslim councillor in Rotherham and the first Labour Muslim peer is to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing children.— Alan Sked (@profsked) March 1, 2019
5. Belgium students mock Islam dressed as suicide bombers
A group of high school students here mocked Islam when they wore headscarves and suicide belts while imitating the movement of Islamic prayer.
Senior students traditionally celebrate graduation ceremonies 100 days before the end of school year, Mahinur Ozdemir, an independent member of parliament from Brussels Regional Parliament, told Anadolu Agency.
“However, it is scandalous that these students chose the theme as ‘Islam and Saudi Arabia’ and imitated prayer moves wearing headscarves and bombed belts, therefore relating Muslims with terrorism.'”
6. France: Secretary of State for Digital Affairs announces that soon it will be possible to file a complain on the Internet for hate content
In a report on BMFTV, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi, explains some of the methods Macron is proposing to speed up the process of identifying, prosecuting and sentencing those who make homophobic or anti-Semitic insults on various social media platforms.
Mounir Mahjoubi annonce que dans quelques mois il sera possible de porter plainte sur internet pour contenus haineux pic.twitter.com/qhcFvqcrxF— BFMTV (@BFMTV) February 20, 2019
7. Coming home after 130 years
When a Syrian stonemason and his family were granted asylum in Greece last year they immediately made their way to the island of Crete - completing a journey begun by their great-grandparents 130 years ago.
Entering a small shop in Chania, on Crete's north-west coast, Ahmed began to introduce himself. The owner looked at him open-mouthed. He understood what Ahmed was saying, but some of the words he was using were unfamiliar and old-fashioned, and others he didn't understand at all. It was as though Ahmed had arrived not just from Syria, but from another age. [...]
Ahmed's father's parents were forced to leave Crete in the 1890s as the Ottoman Empire weakened. The island had been part of the empire for two centuries and roughly a quarter of the population, including Ahmed's ancestors, had converted to Islam. But uprisings in the late 19th Century resulted in the expulsion of the Muslim population.
8. New Jersey teen charged with assaulting 81-year-old man wearing “MAGA” hat
A 19-year-old man has been arrested for attacking an 81-year-old wearing a MAGA hat in Somerset, N.J., prosecutors say.
Police were called to a grocery store in Franklin Township, outside New Brunswick, on Monday to investigate a report of a fight.
When they arrived, the 81-year-old told police he had been confronted by a man over his “Make America Great Again” hat as he left the store with his groceries.
9. Canadian court rules parents can’t stop 14-year-old from taking trans hormones
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ordered that a 14-year-old girl receive testosterone injections without parental consent. The court also declared that if either of her parents referred to her using female pronouns or addressed her by her birth name, they would be considered guilty of family violence.
As previously reported, Maxine* was encouraged by her school counselor in BC’s Delta School District to identify as a boy while in seventh grade. When Maxine was 13 years old, Dr. Brenden Hursh and his colleagues at BC Children’s Hospital decided that Maxine should begin taking testosterone injections in order to develop a more masculine appearance.
Although Maxine’s mother was ultimately willing to support hormone injections, her father Clark* was concerned about the permanent ramifications of cross-sex hormones. Suspecting that his daughter’s mental health issues might be more the cause than the effect of her gender dysphoria, he ultimately decided that it would be better for her to wait until she was older before she embarked on any irreversible course of treatment.
At that point, Hursh informed Clark that he would begin testosterone injections on the basis of Maxine’s consent alone, claiming that he had a right to do so under the BC Infants Act. Clark promptly sought an injunction to prevent this. On Wednesday, however, a judge deemed Maxine “exclusively entitled to consent to medical treatment for gender dysphoria,” regardless of the opinions of either of her parents.
10. CANADA: Man charged in Weyburn homicide makes first court appearance
The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of another Weyburn man made his first court appearance on Tuesday morning.
Nathan Hutt, 18, was killed after he and two others broke into a home on Jan. 4.
The target of the home invasion, 23-year-old Keegan Muxlow, was charged with second-degree murder, unsafe storage of a firearm and possession of a gun without a valid licence.
Muxlow’s case was adjourned until January 22. He will be remanded into custody until that appearance.
Police have also charged 23-year-old Dominick Hawkes and 25-year-old William McLeod with break and enter, assault, and possession of a gun without a license. Hawkes is also facing charges for cocaine possession. Hutt was with Hawkes and Mcleod during the invasion. They will also remain in custody until Jan. 22.