1. Quebec to cut immigration by 20% | Power & Politics
The new Quebec government is moving forward with its pledge to cut the number of immigrants to the province by 20 per cent in the next year. Premier François Legault will require co-operation from Ottawa to follow through on the plan, as Quebec only has jurisdiction over economic immigration. The federal government controls programs dealing with family reunification and refugees.
2. Merkel urged EU countries not to move embassies to Jerusalem
The founding director of the European Coalition for Israel in Brussels, Tomas Sandell, announced in a shocking video message on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel waged a campaign to prevent central and eastern European countries from moving their capitals to Jerusalem to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.
Sandell said a Jerusalem Post exclusive report in November that Merkel called Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, to convince him to not relocate his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, prompted Sandell to go public.
“what we have found out..Central and Eastern European countries, that would have an inclination to move their embassy to Jerusalem,is that they have received phone calls from Berlin, from Angela Merkel, that this cannot happen under any circumstances” https://t.co/yBXlFtbxUw— Benjamin Weinthal (@BenWeinthal) December 4, 2018
3. US soldier jailed for 25 years after IS support
A US soldier has been sentenced to 25 years for attempting to provide support to the Islamic State group, media reported on Tuesday.
Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, whose sentence was part of a plea agreement, will also be under supervision for 20 years after he completes his prison term.
“Kang swore to defend the United States as a member of our military, but betrayed his country by swearing allegiance to [IS] and attempting to provide it material support,” John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a statement.
Kang, a sergeant in the US Army, became sympathetic to [IS] by at least early 2016 and regularly watched propaganda videos published online by the group while and expressed wish to become a member, according to authorities.
Prosecutors alleged that he planned to launch attacks at public gatherings such as the Honolulu Christmas Parade and planning a suicide bombing at his army barracks.
4. France: Teacher knifed to death by former student
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A teacher at the Léonard-de-Vinci university center in Courbevoie (Hauts-de-Seine) died on Wednesday after being assaulted by a former student in front of the school.
The victim, John, a 66-year-old English teacher, was stabbed several times. He was assaulted shortly before noon, as he left the establishment to take his lunch break.
The perpetrator, aged 37 and of Pakistani nationality, was arrested. Admitted to the university in 2016, he was refused the validation of his school year and was expelled from the school in August 2017.
5. BRUTAL ATTACK Man punches his partner in the face and tells cops “it’s part of my culture to hit women”
A man punched his new partner in the face and then told cops it's part of his “culture” to hit women, a court heard.
Chaudry Mahmood, 51, and the victim, who is his former sister-in-law, were arguing at a fair in Wellholme Park, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
Tensions within their families were high after they had started seeing each other before Mahmood hit struck his wife.
A Good Samaritan stopped his car when he saw the incident and took photos of Mahmood before calling the police.
The assailant pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared in Kirklees Magistrates' Court. [...]
Miss Chapman told magistrates: “He said it was Asian culture, an open hand to the back to the head to shut them up.
“When asked if he'd do anything differently he said 'no'.”
6. Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday ordered an investigation after the Guardian reported that members of the national women's soccer team were sexually and physically abused by men from the country's football federation.
The report in the British newspaper on Friday cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation's headquarters in Kabul and at a training camp in Jordan last February.
The Guardian also cited Khalida Popal, a former head of women's soccer in the Afghanistan Football Federation who was forced to flee the country in 2016 and seek asylum in Denmark, as saying that her own investigation uncovered physical and sexual abuse, death threats and rape.
7. Picture: Students join anti-Macron disorder, set fires, block over 100 High Schools
Over one hundred high schools across France have been blocked or otherwise disrupted, with a fire seriously damaging one school in Toulouse, as students protest education reforms.
Student protests continued Tuesday following action that broke out nationwide at 188 schools on Monday in solidarity with the Yellow Vest movement against Macron’s fuel carbon tax and other reforms.
Students and high school unions have called for the abandonment of changes to the French high school qualification, the baccalaureate, and other measures introduced for entry to university.
Angry high school students set fire to Saint-Exupery High School - Blagnachigh, France
8. Egypt hands Muslim Brotherhood leader another life sentence
An Egyptian court has sentenced five people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, to life in prison on charges related to inciting violence and supporting militants.
The Cairo Criminal Court has convicted Mohammed Badie and five others of providing weapons, ammunition and explosive devices to Islamic militants.
Wednesday's sentences are not subject to appeal. The court also acquitted six Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including former speaker Saad el-Katatni, in the same trial.
The suspects were also charged with inciting riots, violence and premeditated murder outside the Brotherhood's headquarters in Cairo's Mokattam neighborhood in 2013 that killed nine people and injured 91.
9. Parents of 13-year-old Syrian girl convicted in Swedish court for arranging underage marriage
A Swedish appeals court has confirmed a conviction against the parents of a 13-year-old Syrian girl for attempting to marry her off to a 24-year-old man, while the child’s intended husband has been found not guilty.
The court upheld a ruling from a Swedish district court that found the parents of the Syrian girl guilty for attempting to plan an arranged marriage in 2015.
The marriage contract had been signed between the young girl and her 24-year-old husband at an engagement party, a press release from the Court of Appeals of Western Sweden stated.
Both parents received conditional sentences as a result of the conviction for planning the marriage.
However, the man who was supposed to marry the young girl was not found guilty as the court ruled that he did not understand that the girl did not want to enter into a marriage agreement while the parents were fully aware of her objections.
10. Spanish far-right on the rise after gains in Andalusia? | DW News
After Spain's Vox party won seats in Andalusia's regional parliament, is the far right making a comeback, all these years after the Franco era? DW spoke to political expert Luis Moreno Fernandez to find out.
DW: Spain's far-right Vox party has entered Andalusia's parliament. Is this a turning point in Spanish politics?
Luis Moreno Fernandez: I would not call it a turning point. But it is certainly a change and a surprise. Many suspected Vox would win 1 or 2 percent of the vote — but nobody expected 11 percent. That really is a lot. After all, Andalusia has about as many people as Switzerland, to put things into perspective.
Are Spanish right-wing parties on the rise?
That remains to be seen. But it cannot be denied that right-wing parties are gaining influence in other parts of Spain, too. It is possible that right-wing figures will be elected in the upcoming regional and national elections — though they will receive a smaller percentage of the vote than Vox did in Andalusia.