1. BELGIUM CHAOS: Prime Minister offers RESIGNATION as UN migrant pact crisis ERUPTS
BELGIUM’S Prime Minister Charles Michel has offered to resign after losing a vote of no confidence amid a political crisis over a controversial UN migration pact.
Mr Michel told parliament he would take his offer to quit to the king. The 42-year-old lawyer was forced to reshuffle his government to avert its collapse after Flemish nationalist party the N-VA pulled their support in protest over Belgium’s decision to adopt the United Nation’s Global Compact on Migration. King Philippe had allowed Mr Michel to continue with a minority government and has yet to make a decision on whether to accept Mr Michel's resignation, the royal palace said.
The decision to adopt the UN migration pact sparked violent protests in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Sunday, amid fears it could lead to an increase in immigration.
Demonstrators clashed with riot police and targeted the EU Commission’s Berlaymont headquarters, which suffered several smashed windows.
The UN pact was agreed in July by all 193 UN members except the US, but only 164 formally adopted it at a meeting last Monday in Morocco.
2. Berlin: Raid on As Sahaba mosque
The Salafist As Sahaba Mosque was raided. The imam of the mosque is said to have provided Islamists in Syria with money "for the purchase of equipment for the commission of terrorist offenses.”
3. Paris Yellow Vest protester explains opposition to UN Global Compact on Migration
4. Rape gang found guilty of sexually abusing Oxford school girl
Three men have been found guilty of historic sexual offences against an Oxford school girl who was groomed and raped from the age of 14.
Anjum Dogar, 36, and brothers Mohammed Karrar, 44, and Bassam Karrar, 39, were found guilty by unanimous verdict by a jury at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday of ten charges including indecent assault, conspiracy to rape, and rape, reports the Oxford Mail.
All three men were already in prison after being convicted in 2013 of similar crimes — being described as part of a “violent” sex grooming gang by the BBC — having abused six vulnerable Oxford girls over an eight-year period.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was abused by the three men between 2002 and 2005 when she was aged 14 to 16.
Now in her thirties, the rape survivor told jurors she was taken to different locations around the famous university city to be plied with drugs and alcohol, raped, and forced to perform sex acts on groups of men at parties.
5. “Slave law” protests: Opposition parties and media have a fair voice in Hungary, says government
Hungary's government has used an interview with Euronews to downplay the scale of protests in the country and suggested western media coverage is biased.
About 10,000 people demonstrated in Budapest on Sunday in the largest of four protests held since last Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Opposition parties, students groups, trade unions and civilians joined a demonstration against new labour legislation.
Dubbed the "slave law" by critics, it will enable employers to ask staff to work up to 400 hours of overtime annually, compared to 250 hours at present.
Protesters also denounced judiciary reform that will create new administrative courts to oversee issues including electoral law, protests and corruption and which will answer to the government.
To see full EuroNews interview with Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs, click HERE.
Excerpts from Hungarian TV talk show hosted by Zsolt Bayer discussing the anti-Orbán riots that took place over the weekend.
6. Sweden's “man-free” festival was discriminatory, rules Swedish ombudsman
Describing an event as “man-free” is discriminatory, according to a ruling from Sweden's Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) relating to a music festival aimed at women earlier this year.
The body carried out an investigation into Statement Festival, an event aimed at women which took place in Gothenburg this summer and was organized following multiple reports of assault at other Swedish festivals.
The ruling, issued on Monday, confirmed that describing the festival as “man-free” amounted to “an infringement of discrimination law.”
The DO said that no individuals had been discriminated against, and noted that the festival had not in practice enforced the ban on cisgender men (those who identify with the male gender assigned at birth).
“No differentiation based on sex was made between visitors at entry,” the ruling said. However, it added that “public statements which clearly discourage” a certain group from attending an event amounts to discrimination, and therefore the festival was in breach of the law prohibiting gender-based discrimination.
7. Spanish police arrest Algerian for possible ISIS ties
Rabat – Spanish national police officers arrested an Algerian man on Monday for allegedly being a member of ISIS, in Vitoria (northern Spain), according to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
The arrested Algerian also sought to promote the return of terrorist fighters to Europe and to collaborate with terrorists in Syria’s conflict zones, the statement added. The Algerian national who is president of a cultural association was arrested in the city of Vitoria, northern Spain, during a police operation with the support of the Spanish intelligence services and Europol. He planned to set up a school for indoctrinating children into terrorism, according to the same source.
8. More violent extremism unearthed on funding platform Patreon
Following last week’s report on Patreon-funded violent extremism, another group of violent extremists has been discovered on the platform. Dubbed the “Red Guards of Austin,” the group calls for armed conflict inside the United States.
The Red Guards of Austin’s Patreon account was discovered by Far Left Watch, an anti-extremist monitoring organization that has been tracking the group’s activities.
Images collected by Far Left Watch also show members of the group posing with firearms, burning effigies of President Trump, and wearing hammer-and-sickle face masks.
9. Danish Minister tells Somalis “Go home and rebuild your country”
Denmark’s migration minister Inger Støjberg has told the country’s Somali migrants to return home and work on improving their own country after the Danish government ruled parts of Somalia safe. [...]
“If you no longer need our protection and your life and health are no longer at risk in your home country, and specifically in Somalia, you must of course return home and rebuild the country from which you came from,” Ms Støjberg said.
The automatic right to asylum from countries like Somalia was revoked in Denmark’s 2015 amendment to its Immigration Act.
As a result, the Immigration Service announced in autumn 2016 that it would use the new legal basis to review about 1,200 residence permits given to Somalis because of changes to “general conditions” in parts of their country, whereby “there is no longer a basis for asylum, simply because they come from there.”
10. Italian MEP Angelo Ciocca of Lega Norde, continues to make waves in European Parliament
EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani accuses Ciocca of propagandizing after he waved a Yellow Vest while demanding that the people of Europe wake up following the Strasbourg terrorist attack.