1. Transgender woman is abused and attacked in Paris during protest by Algerians, before being rescued by police
A transgender woman was jeered by a mob and assaulted in Paris before being saved by police on the fringes of a protest by Algerians on Sunday.
Julia, 31, says she was trying to make her way to the metro from the Place de la Republique in the French capital when she was heckled and abused by men who were out protesting against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Footage shows her being shouted at before she goes to confront one of the men who then beats her repeatedly across the arm.
Members of the crowd can be heard jeering in the background as others try to intervene before the police take hold of the situation.
Transport police officers intervened and protected Julia from any further assaults.
She has since told local media that she was trying to get to the metro, but that “three individuals blocked me.”
2. Brunei invokes death penalty by stoning for gay sex, adultery
UN criticizes new legislation in tiny Southeast Asian nation as a “clear violation” of basic human rights.
New Islamic criminal laws that took effect Wednesday in Brunei that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death have triggered an outcry from the UN, countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation's shores.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “believes that human rights are to be upheld in relation to every person everywhere without any kind of discrimination,” said his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
“The legislation approved is in clear violation with the principles expressed,” Dujarric said. “So long as people face criminalization, bias and violence based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics, we must redouble our efforts to end these violations.”
“Everyone is entitled to live free and equal in dignity and rights,” he said.
The penalties were provided for under new sections of Brunei's Shariah Penal Code. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah instituted the code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the oil-rich monarchy of around 430,000 people, two-thirds of whom are Muslim.
3. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott speak out after being ejected from Liberal caucus
Jody Wilson-Raybould says she intends to keep standing up for what she believes is right, and truth and principals must come first.
She made the remark today after she and former cabinet minister Jane Philpott were kicked out of the caucus over the S-N-C Lavalin controversy.
For Philpott's part she says, "It's very unfortunate that it's come to this but we have to make difficult choices in politics and we aren't always in control of the things that will happen."
Both women were expelled after they quit cabinet posts over what they felt was improper interference by the prime minister and his inner circle in the criminal prosecution of the engineering firm.
4. “Extreme dangers”: $124K in purple fentanyl seized, 2 Mississauga men charged
Tipped off about a theft of gas from a station in Northern Ontario, police pulled over two Mississauga men in a sports car and discovered $124,000 worth of purple fentanyl, the OPP reports.
Greenstone OPP were called just before 1 p.m. March 21 on a report that a black sports car had just left a Nipigon gas station without paying. Soon after, on Highway 11 just west of Highway 854, police pulled over a black sports car.
Police report seizing 248 grams of purple fentanyl with a street value of $124,000.
[...] Mohamad Al Zarif, 19, and MHD Ali Bashir Amadani, 21, both of Mississauga, were charged with theft and possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.
5. Trump: Mueller’s report was a waste of time
President Trump says Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report has been bad for the country and a waste of time.
6. Police: Mom with gun ends abduction attempt in West Virginia
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Police in West Virginia say a man was trying to abduct a child at a mall when the mother stopped him by pulling out a gun.
News outlets report 54-year-old Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan of Alexandria, Egypt, was arraigned Monday night in Cabell County Magistrate Court on a felony charge of attempted abduction.
7. France: Man arrested for plot to kill a police officer, attack kindergarten class
French news channel BFMTV, reports a 31 year old man was arrested at his home in Seine-et-Marne on March 25th. While in police custody, he admitted that he had planned to carry out an attack on a nursery school and to murder a policeman who had arrested him in the past. The man was known to intelligence services and claimed to be an admirer of Mohammed Merah, the terrorist of Algerian descent, who killed seven and wounded five in a series of attacks in Toulouse and Montauban in 2012.
8. Qatari sociologist Abad Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj Al-Ansari demonstrates correct wife-beating in Islam
On March 29, 2019, Qatari sociologist Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj Al-Ansari uploaded a video to the Al-Mojtama YouTube channel in which he gave a demonstration and explanation about how to beat your wife in an Islamically permissible fashion. He said that it is not necessary to beat one's wife frequently, but that a man – as the leader of the house – must sometimes exercise his authority and discipline his wife "out of love" so that "life can move on." Al-Ansari said that the beating should be light and painless, and that it should make the wife feel her husband's masculinity and strength, as well as her own femininity. Al-Ansari then demonstrated how to beat one's wife on Nayef - a little boy who might be his son - by slapping him on the shoulders, grabbing him and shaking him, and saying loudly: "I told you not to leave the house! How many times do I have to tell you?" Al-Ansari said that punching your wife or striking her in the face is prohibited and explained that it is in some women's nature to like domineering, authoritative, violent, and powerful husbands.
9. Revealed: Many CNN analysts’ ties with Qatari regime
Washington — Several of the so-called national security experts at CNN have direct links to Qatar, according to media reports.
At least four CNN regulars, two of whom are full-time employees, were identified as Qatar-tied propagandists.
A CNN regular who was prominently featured in the network’s anti-Saudi Arabia documentary, Ali Soufan is the executive director of the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS), which is based in Doha and funded by the Qatari regime. According to the Wall Street Journal, Soufan has a “personal relationship” with the top leadership of Qatar.
CNN regular Mehdi Hasan is a longtime presenter for Al Jazeera.
10. Bomb injures at least 18 people in southern Philippine town
A bomb injured at least 18 people Wednesday in a southern Philippine town in an attack believed to be either an extortion attempt or retaliation by Muslim militants targeted in recent military offensives, officials said.
Regional army commander Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the bomb went off outside a small restaurant in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarant province. Unidentified people had recently tried to extort money from the restaurant owner, who refused to pay up, he said.
The attack also may have been carried out by Muslim militants belonging to the Bangsamoro Freedom Fighters who have been targeted by military offensives, Sobejana said.
The explosion injured at least 18 people, including children, and damaged chairs and tables and scattered broken glass and other debris over the floor of the restaurant.