1. Religious violence is rising in France; the true scale is still unknown
Religious violence is on the rise in France with a spike in attacks against minorities.
However, the lion's share of incidents in the country target Christians, something that the mainstream media's coverage seems to miss.
2. Pope kisses feet of South Sudan leaders, urging them to keep peace
Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture made at the Vatican on Thursday, April 11, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan's previously warring leaders as he urged them not to return to a civil war.
He urged South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect an armistice and commit to forming a unity government next month.
3. European churches: Vandalized, defecated on, and torched “every day”
Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.
In France, two churches are desecrated every day on average. According to PI-News, a German news site, 1,063 attacks on Christian churches or symbols (crucifixes, icons, statues) were registered in France in 2018. This represents a 17% increase compared to the previous year (2017), when 878 attacks were registered — meaning that such attacks are only going from bad to worse. [...]
Similar reports are coming out of Germany. Four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. "In this country," PI-News explained, "there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches... and recently also on cemeteries." [...]
Who is primarily behind these ongoing and increasing attacks on churches in Europe? The same German report offers a hint: "Crosses are broken, altars smashed, Bibles set on fire, baptismal fonts overturned, and the church doors smeared with Islamic expressions like 'Allahu Akbar.'"
4. Plane mutiny rapist is back on our streets
A RAPIST whose deportation was halted when airline passengers staged a mutiny is back on the streets after being released on bail, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Yaqub Ahmed, who should have been deported to his native Somalia last October, was released on bail four weeks ago.
He is now living in the North West as his legal team continue to fight his deportation.
Ahmed, 29, was convicted and jailed with three other men for the sickening gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2007.
News of his release comes a week after his victim bravely spoke of her fear and anger that her attacker remains in the UK.
Hannah – not her real name – last night reacted with horror to news that Ahmed is no longer behind bars. “It’s just disgusting and it adds pressure on to me,” she said.
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5. Migrants break border gate, force their way into Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said a group of about 350 migrants broke the locks on a gate at the Guatemalan border Friday and forced their way into southern Mexico to join a larger group of migrants trying to make their way toward the United States.
The National Immigration Institute did not identify the nationalities of the migrants, but they are usually from Central America.
A similar confrontation occurred on the same border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala last year.
The institute said the migrants were acting in a “hostile” and “aggressive” way, and accused them of also attacking local police in Metapa, a Mexican village that lies between the border and the nearby city of Tapachula.
6. Tucker: Trump calls Democrats' bluff on illegal immigrants
Trump administration considers relocating illegal immigrants at the border to sanctuary cities.
7. Anti-immigration: Finland's populists eye an election upset
In the remote, northern Finnish town of Oulu where he has lived for seven years, Syrian-born Jabo Waleed started feeling recently that some people's behaviour towards him was becoming less welcoming. “I can honestly say it's not like before," Waleed told AFP in fluent Finnish from behind the counter of his kebab shop in the town centre. Waleed's experiences have been echoed by many other immigrants across Finland, since police in Oulu announced in December the arrest of nine suspects, all of whom had arrived in Finland as refugees or asylum seekers, for suspected sexual offences against minors.
8. Controversial tweets from Blues goaltender come to light
St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington is going to be under a microscope during these Stanley Cup playoffs — and now it won't be just for his on-ice play.
Three old tweets from his verified account were dug up and shared online Tuesday night by Paul Gackle, a California-based sports reporter who primarily covers the San Jose Sharks.
I was thinking. when people who wear the burkas are at the airport how is the security able to see if that's them in their passport... Srsly— Jordan Binnington (@binnnasty) January 25, 2013
Also If you're underage & nervous of getting into a bar, throw the damn burka on. no way the bouncer will get into that awkward questioning— Jordan Binnington (@binnnasty) January 25, 2013
9. New UK law: Up to 15 years jail for watching terrorist content
Viewing terrorist propaganda online in the UK could now land you in jail - under a new law that's just come into force. Government says the new measure is aimed at preventing terror attacks.
New amendments to the Counter-terrorism and Border Security Act include jail terms of up to 15 years for clicking on terrorist propaganda.
10. Yellow Vests in Paris: Demonstrators clash with police in protest against anti-rioting law
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