1. Islamic State claims deadly Pakistan fruit market bombing
Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide blast in Pakistan's Quetta city on Friday that killed 20 people and left 48 more injured.
The group released a photograph of the bomber along with his name on Saturday and said the attack targeted Shiite Muslims.
On Friday, a little known faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, saying it collaborated with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on Shiite Muslims in Pakistan.
Pakistani officials deny Islamic State group (IS) is present in the country, but the group has claimed a number of attacks in the past.
Related video: Suicide blast rips through Pakistani fruit market, killing 20
Witnesses recount the moment when at least 20 people were killed and 48 wounded by a powerful suicide blast apparently targeting the Shia Hazara ethnic minority at a crowded fruit market in Pakistan's Quetta city.
2. France: Tear gas used to disperse Yellow Vest protesters inadvertently hits children at funfair in Nantes
Click HERE to watch footage of a Yellow Vest protest in Nantes which was taking place near a public park where kids were enjoying fair rides. The screams of children can be heard as clouds of tear gas envelope the area and one little girl is treated for smoke inhalation.
3. Montreal terrorist considered targeting U.S. college and “gay club” before attacking airport
A Montreal man convicted of transnational terrorism for a 2017 attack at a U.S. airport had initially considered targeting a college and “gay club,” prosecutors have revealed.
Before slashing the throat of a police officer at a Michigan airport, Amor Ftouhi used the public wifi at a McDonald’s to search Google maps for “guy club,” “gay club” and “aeroport.”
The evidence of his searches, which came a year after the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49, was not presented at his trial because it was considered too prejudicial.
He had also searched for directions to Baker College in Flint, Michigan, leading authorities to suspect it had been a potential target.
4. Dubai could jail London woman for calling ex-husband's new wife a "horse" on social media
London -- A British woman is facing possible jail time in Dubai for calling her ex-husband's new wife a “horse” in a Facebook post almost three years ago, according to CBS News partner network BBC News. Britain's Foreign Office confirmed to the BBC that it was "supporting a British woman and her family following her detention" in the United Arab Emirates.
The BBC and an international legal organization that works on behalf of people arrested in Dubai said Laleh Shahravesh, of London, fell victim to the Arab city-state's tough laws on online defamation -- and the British government's failure to make people aware of them.
Shahravesh, 55, was arrested at Dubai's airport after arriving to attend her ex-husband's funeral. Now she's apparently facing prosecution over comments she posted to Facebook in 2016, on photos of her ex with his new wife, at whom she directed an insult, calling her a “horse.”
5. Austria considers making internet users REGISTER with their providers to prevent people hiding behind anonymity to post hate speech
Austria says it is considering a law to make it mandatory for big internet platforms to register their users and deprive those behind hate posts of anonymity.
“Unfortunately there have been an increasing number of clear violations, denigrations and humiliations online in the past under the cover of anonymity. That's why we need a framework for more responsibility online,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wrote on Twitter.
The new law would take effect in 2020 and would make it mandatory for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to register their users, said Gernot Bluemel, minister in charge of EU affairs, art, culture and media.
6. Belgium says number of extremist imams doubled… state security watches them
The number of imams suspected of having a hardline ideology in Belgium and have been under Belgian State Security Service control had amounted to 72 in 2018.
The figure has doubled over the past two years compared to 2016 when it was 37. Back then terrorists carried out attacks in Belgium, targeting an airport and a train station in which 32 were killed and another 32 were injured.
These figures were presented by Justice Minister Koen Geens in a written response to a parliamentary interpellation by a member of the right-wing Vlaams Belang Party Barbara Pas.
“I can’t understand the government's failure to take firm steps against these imams, who should have been considered unwanted and deported outside Belgium,” said Pas, in response to these figures.
7. Anti-ISIS op in Russia's Tyumen, Spetsnaz storms house
A counter-terrorism #operation is ongoing in the Siberian city of Tyumen, where the #FSB says #ISIS militants were planning a terrorist attack.
Russian Special Forces are storming a private home in Tyumen where armed militants affiliated with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are currently holed up.
8. Hodan Hassan, newly elected Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives explains how Muslims are the victims of 9/11
Minnesota has been Conquered!— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) March 12, 2019
Meet Hodan Hassan the newly elected Democratic member of the MN House of Rep, representing District 62A
Hassan is the 2nd Somali female, after Ilhan Omar, to be elected to the state legislature
Hassan describes how Muslims are the victims of 9/11 pic.twitter.com/f7VlDuOq2W
9. SWEDEN: Muslim migrant charged with threatening anti-mass migration MP
A Muslim migrant from the Balkans has been charged with uttering threats after an exchange with anti-mass migration MP Hanif Bali, whom he allegedly called a “dirty Arab.”
The 34-year-old accused Bali, who is originally from Iran and serves as an MP for the Moderate Party, of insulting Islam following an appearance on Swedish broadcaster SVT in February. He allegedly insulted and threatened Bali 30 times, Nyheter Idag reports.
According to Bali, who is well-known for speaking out against mass migration, the Muslim man called him a number of names and said, “I’m going to f*ck you, you Arabic bastard, your mother and your sister, you’ve insulted Islam, if you were here I would break you.”
After being arrested, the man told police that he was not reacting to Bali’s SVT appearance but to a YouTube video and that he did not even know who Bali was, saying he did not know he was a politician and thought he was just an “idiot.”
A police memo that was brought before the court hearing at Gothenburg district court also revealed that the 34-year-old was uncooperative with police, saying he did not “intend to come to any f*cking questioning.”
10. 41 Swedish municipalities being forced to take back ISIS members
A list from the Centre for Violent Extremism (CVE) has revealed that 41 out of 290 Swedish municipalities are expected to be forced to accommodate returning Islamic State members.
The CVE invited representatives from the 41 areas to an event to teach them more about the returning terror group members in order to “provide support to the municipalities that have or may be able to receive returning children and adults from areas previously controlled by the Islamic state,” SVT reports.
Anders Kretz, a senior advisor at CVE, said that their information about Islamic State members who were on their way home from the Middle East or who had already returned to Sweden had come from the Swedish security police, Säpo.
Karl Melin, a press officer at Säpo, confirmed that they were working with CVE on the matter saying, “The information goes on to all those who are involved in one way or another for the best way to work with the issue.”