1. Matteo Salvini: “In Italy, the ports are, and will remain, closed”
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is greeted by thousands of supporters in the Piazza XX Septembre in Sulmona, Italy, while campaigning for local elections. Watch as he once again vows not to relent on his policy of keeping the ports closed in order to stop the flow of migrants.
2. Crisis in Venezuela becoming a standoff between US, Russia?
3. Canada looks to ensure safety of Christian acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
OTTAWA -- Canada's foreign ministry says it is prepared to do everything it can to ensure the safety of a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy by Pakistan's top court.
The decision handed down Tuesday by the court upholds an October acquittal of Asia Bibi and clears the final legal obstacle for her to seek asylum.
Global Affairs Canada is calling Bibi's case a priority and says it is focused on ensuring her and her family's safety.
Bibi's lawyer, Saiful Malook, said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last month that his client's most likely destination would be Canada if she was able to leave Pakistan.
And this fall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Agence France-Presse in Paris that Canada was in discussions with the Pakistani government over the case, but declined to comment further, citing a "delicate domestic context."
(NB: The story and headline appear to have been updated from the first version which was found using the Wayback machine and had a different headline as detailed below)
Pakistani Christian woman freed over blasphemy, heading to Canada: lawyer
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's top court on Tuesday upheld its acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, paving the way for Aasia Bibi to leave the country in a blow to radical Islamists who had demanded her execution.
Following the landmark decision, Bibi will finally be able to join her daughters, who earlier fled to Canada where they have been given asylum.
Bibi's lawyer, Saiful Malook, who returned to Islamabad after fleeing the country amid death threats, called the decision a victory for Pakistan's constitution and rule of law.
4. Canada's Immigration Minister tweets about Liberal commitment to increased family reunification
Thread— Ahmed Hussen (@HonAhmedHussen) January 29, 2019
Our government is committed to family reunification, which is why we increased the intake of parent and grandparent applications from 5,000 under the Conservatives to 20,000 this year.
Here’s how we have improved the program: pic.twitter.com/uCou8xrnTx
5. Ayatollah Dezhkham: “We'll shout ‘Death to America’ until we turn the White House into Islamic Center”
Ayatollah Lotfollah Dezhkham, Khamenei's representative in the Fars Province of Iran, delivered a Friday sermon in the city of Shiraz on January 25, 2019. Ayatollah Dezhkham said that the Iranian people are fighting and awaiting the day when the banner of Islam will fly all over the planet and the Mahdi establishes his global rule. He said that the economic sanctions are evidence that the U.S. and President Trump are terrified of Iran, and added: "Until we turn the White House into a Hussainiya [Shiite Islamic center], we will all continue to shout: 'Death to America!'" The crowd subsequently chanted: "Death to America!"
6. Man killed sister’s boyfriend “because he was French and non-Muslim”
Samir Kouider has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for the murder of his sister’s French, non-Muslim boyfriend.
The assize court in Gard rejected Mr Kouider’s appeal after forensic evidence contradicted the 29-year-old’s claim that his killing of Kevin Roudesly, 21, had been an accident.
Having delivered “several different versions” of the story since his arrest on New Year’s Eve, 2013, Kouider this weekend told the court he had shown up outside Roudesly’s residence in Avignon on December 28 only with the intention of locating his younger sister Imène, after she ran away from her aunt’s house two days earlier. [...]
But the defendant’s insistence he had “no intention” of killing Kevin and that he carried out the deadly actions only “in the fury of the moment,” were contradicted by forensic evidence, with a doctor’s report informing the court the victim “had his jugular vein sliced and his lungs skewered by the blade.”
7. French writer and politician, Éric Zemmour: "Charlie's spirit is disappearing"
Four years after the attack on the the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, the editorialist believes that the spirit promoted by the newspaper is disappearing in favour of a sacralization of minorities.
8. Mini-documentary on campaign against child marriage in Indonesia
Ibu Rayhan was married off at the age of eleven and became pregnant soon afterwards. Today she is fighting to stop child marriages in Indonesia.
On the Indonesian island of Lombok, men traditionally have the say. Women and girls are expected to obey their wishes. In Indonesia, around one in every seven girls is married before the age of 18. Instead of attending school or getting an education, many child brides are subjected to beatings and abuse. Ibu Rayhan knows this only too well; she was married off at the age of 11. Now, together with Ulla, a fellow activist, she visits villages on Lombok and tries to change attitudes -- especially among the boys.
9. Doug Ford met Jordan Peterson, appointment calendar reveals
[...] Ontario Premier Doug Ford held a one-on-one meeting with Jordan Peterson a week after the controversial university professor publicly urged Ford to abolish the province's human rights commission, CBC News has learned.
The meeting was revealed in Ford's appointment calendar for October and November, obtained through a freedom of information request. CBC News made the request because Ford is not providing the media with his daily public itinerary, breaking from the practice of previous premiers. [...]
Ford met with Peterson "to discuss free speech on Ontario's university and college campuses," the premier's press secretary said Friday in an email to CBC News.
The meeting followed this Oct. 10 tweet by Peterson, calling for the Human Rights Commission to be abolished.
The faster the Ontario Human Rights Commission is abolished, the better @fordnation. There isn't a more dangerous organization in Canada, with the possible exception of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: https://t.co/xB3IbUV7yu pic.twitter.com/4zsh8tfdb9— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) October 10, 2018
10. Netanyahu downplays right-wing anti-Semitism, contradicting Israeli study
PM insists Jew hatred on the “extreme left” and among Muslims is the more pertinent threat, despite government report stating far-right attacks on the rise.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for a fight against rising Muslim and left-wing anti-Semitism in Europe, hours after the government published a report that said the far-right posed the greatest threat to Jews on the continent.
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on International Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu said that right-wing anti-Semitism in Europe was well established, but that a recent rise in anti-Zionism was driving anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment across the continent.