1. Violent protests in Haiti trap more than 100 Canadian tourists, aid workers
MONTREAL — Ottawa-based physician Emilio Bazile says food is running low for him and his 10-member medical team who have been trapped in southwest Haiti after protesters blocked major highways across the Caribbean country in an effort to pressure President Jovenel Moise to resign.
Bazile and three members of his group from the Maritimes are among more than 100 Canadians stuck in Haiti following violent protests that have claimed several lives over the past week. [...]
“The whole country is paralyzed,” he said Thursday in an interview from Saint-Louis-du-Sud, about a six-hour drive from the capital, Port-au-Prince. “You cannot go through because there are barricades throughout the national roads. We have been lacking in food. Because nothing is coming from Port-au-Prince. Nothing. We have been eating spaghetti.”
The Canadian embassy in Haiti has been closed since Wednesday. But Bazile said he found out Thursday that the barricade on a route to the capital had been removed. He and his team hope they will be able to make it to the capital.
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About 100 tourists from Quebec are stranded at the Royal Decameron resort, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, because of violent, week-long street demonstrations.
2. Italian PM called “a puppet” after saying EU “lost touch” with people
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has hit back at claims made by a chief EU lawmaker that he is a “puppet” of his country’s coalition party leaders, after declaring the bloc had “lost touch” with its people.
3. Pregnant British schoolgirl who joined ISIS DEMANDS UK return - “I just want to come home”
A LONDON schoolgirl who travelled to Syria in 2015 to join ISIS is asking to return to the UK, along with her unborn child, despite admitting she doesn’t regret running away from home to join the terror group.
Shamima Begum, now 19, married a Dutch ISIS fighter. During her stay with the terrorist group she gave birth to two children, both of whom have died. Ms Begum was one of three schoolgirls from the Bethnal Green Academy, in east London, who travelled together to Syria.
Speaking to The Times she commented: “In the end, I just could not endure any more.
“I just couldn’t take it. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain.
“I just want to come home to have my child.
“I’ll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child.”
4. Swiss burqa ban campaigner calls for ban on Muslim prayers in public
One of the key figures behind a successful campaign to have burqas banned in the Swiss canton of Ticino now wants Muslims banned from praying in public.
The move by political maverick Giorgio Ghiringhelli comes in the wake of a number of social media posts in the Italian-speaking canton showing photos of Muslims praying in the street and referring to the region as “Ticinistan.”
Ghiringhelli, who refers to himself as “il Guastafeste” (“the killjoy” or “the spoilsport”) has now petitioned the cantonal parliament to make such public prayers illegal.
He argues the ban is necessary as there is a passage in the Muslim prayers which contains an implicit message of hatred against Jews and Christians – an idea based on the work of Sami Aldeeb, a Palestinian-Christian lawyer with Swiss citizenship.
5. One arrested in Spain for indoctrinating and recruiting young people to the so-called Islamic State
Europol supported Policía Nacional (Spanish National Police) in arresting a man in Ceuta (Spain) suspected of indoctrinating young people and promoting and disseminating jihadist terrorist propaganda. Police officers also carried out a search of his house.
In 2001, he was serving prison time and made contact with other prisoners who shared their radical ideas with him. Since then, he had been arrested several times for illicit arms possession, robberies and drug-related crimes. While in prison, the suspect tried to recruit young people to the extremist jihad and spread his extreme ideas to prisoners by offering them money if they grew beards, read the Quran and obeyed his orders.
The arrested man had been highly radicalised: he played loud jihadist songs, threatened people because of their sexual orientation and considered women inappropriately dressed. His high level of aggression, both in his behaviour and crimes, was very similar to other individuals who were radicalised in jail and who later carried out terrorist attacks.
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6. Tucker Carlson: What does a pro family country look like?
Tucker Carlson speaks with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto who says we should fix population by allowing couples to have children, and that having another child must not be an economic decision.
7. Mike Pence claims Iran's mullahs are plotting a “new Holocaust” that would “erase Israel from the map” as he urges European Union nations to withdraw from Obama-era nuclear deal
Vice President Mike Pence told a conference of European and Middle East leaders on Thursday that Iran is plotting to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth, and seeks to unleash a “new Holocaust.”
With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu watching, Pence said in Poland that Tehran poses "the greatest threat to peace and security" in the region.
Hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that “confronting Iran” is a necessary step for any nation that wants to “achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.”
“The three H's — the Houthis, Hamas and Hezbollah — these are real threats ... you can't get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran,” Pompeo said, referring to the Islamic regime's proxies in Yemen, in Lebanon and in Syria and Iraq.”
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8. 12 Indian soldiers killed, 40 wounded by car bomb in Kashmir
At least 12 soldiers were killed and 40 others wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack on a paramilitary convoy along a key highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir, security officials said.
Senior police officer Muneer Ahmed Khan said the attack occurred as the convoy reached Pampore on the outskirts of the disputed region's main city of Srinagar. He said one bus was destroyed and at least five other vehicles were damaged by the blast.
A paramilitary official said the destroyed bus was carrying at least 35 soldiers. [...]
The Greater Kashmir newspaper reported that militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack. It quoted a local news gathering agency as saying a militant rammed an explosive-laden car into the convoy.
9. France: UN experts denounce severe rights restrictions on “gilets jaunes” protesters
GENEVA (14 February 2019) — The right to protest in France has been disproportionately curtailed during the recent “gilets jaunes” protests and the authorities should rethink their law enforcement policies to guarantee the exercise of freedoms, say a group of UN human rights experts*.
“Since the start of the yellow vest protest movement in November 2018, we have received serious allegations of excessive use of force. More than 1,700 people have been injured as a result of the protests across the country,” the experts said.
“The restrictions on rights have also resulted in a high number of arrests and detentions, searches and confiscations of demonstrators' possessions, and serious injuries have been caused by a disproportionate use of so-called ‘non-lethal’ weapons like grenades and defensive bullets or ‘flashballs’,” they added.
“Ensuring public order and security in the context of crowd management or event management measures implies the need to respect and protect protesters who peacefully participate in a demonstration to express themselves,” the experts stressed.
10. German state police officer: “There are orders to use our latitude of interpretation to preserve civil peace”
In an excerpt from a German talk show, Hart aber Fair, (Hard but Fair) that aired in 2016, one state police officer explained some of the ways statistics on migrant crimes were “tweaked” to avoid being “provocative.”