1. Suicide attack on mosque in Nigeria kills 11
Police have confirmed 11 people dead in early Saturday morning suicide attacks inside a mosque in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State.
The attacks in Gwozari/Kushari area of state capital Maiduguri were carried out by two suicide bombers and a gunman, all believed to be Boko Haram militants who have waged a violent insurgency in the region since 2009.
“Eleven people including three bombers died while 15 others sustained injuries and are currently hospitalized at the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri,” Borno Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said in a statement read to reporters in Maiduguri.
2. FRANCE: Yellow Vest protestors injured after car ploughs through crowd
Four people have been left injured after they were hit by a driver who went through crowds taking part in demonstrations in Avenue du Mont-Riboudet, in the northern city of Rouen, according to local reports. An eyewitness told journalist Julien Bouteiller: "The car was in the middle of the protest. The passenger opened the door to yell at these #GiletsJaunes, then the driver sped up..." Three people were taken to hospital in a critical condition, while another person has been left with minor injuries following the incident at 4.30pm (local time).
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3. UK: Girl pupils ”are afraid of using unisex loos”
GIRLS are staying away from school or not going to the loo during the day because of the growing trend of mixed-sex toilets. Problems include cruel "period shaming" from boys, sexual harassment or a lack of privacy.
A growing number of schools are phasing out single-sex toilets as it is claimed unisex ones reduce bullying and are more inclusive to transgender children. But a consultation by feminist campaigners Women's Voices Wales found pupils, parents and staff are not consulted or are too embarrassed to complain. It called for the policy to be reviewed. One parent of a secondary school girl said: “She won't use the toilets and tries to last all day. Boys are always speculating on whether girls are having their periods according to how long they take in the toilet.”
4. No prison for trans “woman” who attacked underage girls in public toilets
A trans “woman” was allowed to walk free from Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in Scotland after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a supermarket restroom.
The attacker, whose name is given as “Katie Dolatowski,” waited for the young victim to come out of a toilet cubicle at a Morrisons supermarket in Kirkcaldy, Fife, then grabbed her by the face and forced her back inside.
Dolatowski told the girl to remove her trousers and warned that a man outside would kill her mother, according to reports, but she fought back, striking the paedophile in the face, belly, and crotch and tearing away to her father and siblings outside. [...]
“He was stalking the toilets. He went there specifically to attack a child,” the mother said, declining to use Dolatowski’s preferred pronouns.
“We were so, so lucky that nothing worse happened. It was only her reaction that stopped that. It could have been a five-year-old child that wouldn’t have been able to fight back.”
5. Terrorists behind attack on IRGC forces trained in Pakistan: Iranian General
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A high-ranking Iranian general said the terrorists who recently attacked the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan had been trained in Pakistan whose intelligence agency should be held accountable.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of the funeral ceremony of those killed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, stressed the necessity for the Pakistani government to provide explanations to the Iranian nation and government and the IRGC.
“These criminal culprits were from a tribe in Balouchestan who had received training in suicide bombing in the neighboring country,” he said.
Pakistan and its intelligence agency, namely the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), should be held accountable, the top general said.
6. Trudeau tweets statement on resignation of Gerald Butts
Gerald Butts served this government - and our country - with integrity, sage advice and devotion. I want to thank him for his service and continued friendship. Please read his statement today: pic.twitter.com/VIaEHJMMe4— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 18, 2019
7. China surveillance firm tracking millions in Xinjiang: Researcher
BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese surveillance firm is tracking the movements of more than 2.5 million people in the far-western Xinjiang region, according to a data leak flagged by a Dutch internet expert.
An online database containing names, ID card numbers, birth dates and location data was left unprotected for months by Shenzhen-based facial-recognition technology company SenseNets Technology Ltd, according to Victor Gevers, co-founder of non-profit organization GDI.Foundation, who first noted the vulnerability in a series of social media posts last week.
Exposed data also showed about 6.7 million location data points linked to the people which were gathered within 24 hours, tagged with descriptions such as “mosque,” “hotel,” “internet cafe” and other places where surveillance cameras were likely to be found.
“It was fully open and anyone without authentication had full administrative rights. You could go in the database and create, read, update and delete anything,” said Gevers.
8. UK: Police crisis as cops quit in huge numbers
Chiefs are struggling to fill vacancies because of the rate at which experienced officers are quitting the force, it is claimed. And three-quarters of forces admit they cannot find enough specialist detectives. The figures are revealed in official papers which also detail how experienced officers are quitting the service in their droves amid growing demands and violent crime.
More than 2,400 have left their jobs since April 2018, documents from the National Police Chiefs' Council show.
The papers, submitted to the Police Remuneration Review Body earlier this week, reveal that 16 of England and Wales' 43 police forces missed recruitment targets by more than 25 percent.
They include some of the largest forces in the country, including West Yorkshire and Merseyside. Warwickshire missed its target by a staggering 75 percent, documents show.
9. Smollett case: New questions over initial reaction from top Dems
Maxine Watters, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker immediately condemned the alleged attack as a hate crime.
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10. Student initially banned from free speech debate for saying “women don’t have penises”
A student from another university invited to participate in a debate on campus free speech at the University of Bristol in the U.K. was banned from the event after he re-tweeted an account that said, “women don’t have penises.” The university’s Students’ Union cited “security concerns” as its reason for exclusion. The student decided to attend the debate anyway and was eventually invited on stage.
University of Durham student Angelos Sofocleous was banned from participating in a panel hosted by the University of Bristol’s Free Speech Society after retweeting an account that posted, “RT [retweet] if women don’t have penises.”
Sofocleous was also dismissed from his role as assistant editor at Durham University’s philosophy society’s journal last August, after his tweets were deemed "transphobic" by some people, according to a report by BBC News.