1. Twitter apologizes for letting “Kill All Jews” become trending topic
“Kill All Jews” became a top trending topic on Twitter, Thursday, after the phrase was graffitied by a vandal onto a Brooklyn synagogue.
“This phrase should not have appeared in trends, and we’re sorry for this mistake,” claimed a Twitter spokesman to the Wrap. “At times, we do prevent certain content from trending and we have now done so with this trend. This was trending as a result of coverage and horrified reactions to the vandalism against a synagogue in New York. Regardless, it should not have appeared as a trend.”
On Twitter’s help page, the company explains that sometimes it “may prevent certain content from trending,” including trends which, “Contain profanity or adult/graphic references,” “Incite hate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease,” and, “Violate the Twitter Rules.”
Related: New York City Police Alert:
BREAKING: NYPD are looking for the individuals pictured below, they drew multiple swastikas on the steps and garage doors of multiple residential homes on Garden Place, between Joralemon Street and State Street. pic.twitter.com/tUhUmnKQVY— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) November 4, 2018
2. Women in migrant-heavy Paris area complain harassment getting even worse
Women living in a heavily migrant-populated Paris area who complained about constant harassment from men last year are saying the situation has become even worse, with some refusing to even leave their homes.
Last year a group of local women signed a petition in an attempt to call attention to the situation in the Chapelle-Pajol district in northern Paris, but now they claim the situation has become even worse than before, Le Parisien reports.
“The situation has worsened. Of course, since these men are more and more numerous. Like many others, I gave up taking the metro to La Chapelle, to cross the square … Even at a running pace,” a local woman who did not wish to be identified said.
“And do not talk about cafes. They do not say ‘Women Prohibited’ on the front, of course, but who would risk it? The police are more present, it’s true, but the fights are also more and more numerous and violent. I have the impression that these traffickers won the game: they took possession of the place,” she added.
Flashback to December 2016, France’s Secretary of State for Women’s rights described growing problem of “No Go Zones” for women
3. Some 10,000 Venezuelan passports and other documents issued to Middle Easterners
Within the span of a year, Venezuela illegally issued at least 10,000 passports and other documents to citizens of Syria, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries in a scheme spearheaded by current Vice President Tareck El Aissami, according to a former high-ranking immigration official.
Colonel Vladimir Medrano Rengifo, former director of Venezuela’s Office of Identification and Migration, said that during his 17 months in the post, most passports and visas were granted in the Venezuelan Consulate in Damascus, Syria’s capital.
“Today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,” said Medrano, who was fired by El Aisaami and now lives in South Florida. “They could be anywhere in the world, traveling with Venezuelan documentation.”
El Aissami, a powerhouse in Venezuela, has long been investigated in the United States for his alleged links to drug trafficking and to the Islamist militant group Hezbollah.
4. “You do not negotiate with terrorists”: new Brazilian President on “Palestinian Embassy”
In addition to moving his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro plans to shut down the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.
“Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” said Bolsonaro recently. “You do not negotiate with terrorists.”
Bolsonaro won his national election on Sunday with 55.1 percent of the votes, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
He has stated that his first international trip as president will be to Israel.
5. European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker on Austria’s refusal to sign UN migration pact
6. Blasphemy agreement: Is Pakistan ruled by Islamists?
Experts say that an agreement between the government and Islamists to bar a Christian woman recently acquitted in a blasphemy case from leaving the country shows that radical groups are more powerful than the state.
When Prime Minister Imran Khan, who took office in August, addressed the nation on October 31, the day when the top court accepted Asia Bibi's appeal against her death sentence for alleged blasphemy, many observers hoped that the government would deal with agitating Islamists with an iron hand. Khan had warned the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party (TLP) not to mess with the state's authority. But the premier left for China the day after, and instead of taking stern action against TLP activists, his government surrendered to the group's demands by sealing a controversial agreement with Islamists.
Despite this, for three days the TLP managed to paralyze Pakistan's major cities, with its supporters blocking streets and highways and vandalizing private and public property. TLP leaders declared the Supreme Court judges who had acquitted Bibi infidels and urged their followers to assassinate them. The TLP had also called for a mutiny within the Pakistani military, with soldiers supportive of their Islamist narrative to oust General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the army chief.
7. Lawyer of Asia Bibi flees Pakistan in fear for his life
The lawyer of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being falsely accused of blasphemy has fled Pakistan in fear for his life.
Saif Mulook said he had to leave so he could continue to represent Asia Bibi, whose conviction was overturned by judges on Wednesday.
Mr Mulook told the BBC earlier this week she would need to move to a Western country for her own safety.
Several countries have offered her asylum, however Pakistan's government has capitulated after days of protests by hardline Islamists and blocked her from leaving the country.
Pakistani Islamists struck a deal with the government that Bibi must not leave Pakistan until the Supreme Court's ruling is reviewed.
Canada absent from list of countries that offered Asia Bibi asylum?
#AsiaBibi— JB (@badnocs) October 31, 2018
She's been offered asylum by 🏴England, 🇫🇷France, 🇪🇸Spain & 🇮🇹Italy... the Pope met one of her daughters and husband earlier this year.
CJ Saqib Nisar hailed as Hero by the British Parliament 👇👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/73hT5b8MZ4
8. Husband of Freed Pakistani Christian Woman Pleads for Asylum
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted after spending eight years on death row on blasphemy charges has appealed to President Trump for refuge, citing danger to the family’s lives.
Ashiq Masih, the husband of Asia Bibi, whose case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, also appealed to Britain and Canada for assistance.
The appeal came as the police said they had arrested more than 150 people on charges of arson, vandalism and violence during the protests that erupted after Ms. Bibi’s acquittal. A senior police officer, Nayab Haider, said on Sunday that officers were using video to identify others involved in committing assaults, torching property and vehicles, and blocking highways, The Associated Press said.
9. Iranian marchers chant “Death to America” on eve of US oil sanctions
Iranians chanting “Death to America” rallied on Sunday to mark both the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the imminent reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran’s key oil sector.
Thousands of students in the government-organised rally in the capital Tehran, broadcast live by state television, burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of President Donald Trump outside the leafy downtown compound that once housed the US mission.
Hardline students stormed the embassy on November 4, 1979 soon after the fall of the US-backed Shah, and 52 Americans were held hostage there for 444 days. The two countries have been enemies, on opposite sides of Middle East conflict, ever since.
10. Egyptian security forces kill 19 militants in desert shootout
Egypt says security forces have killed 19 militants in a shootout, including the gunmen suspected of killing seven Christians in an attack on pilgrims traveling to a remote monastery.
The interior ministry said the militants were tracked to a desert hideout west of the central Minya province, where Friday’s attack took place.
The ministry published photographs purporting to show the dead bodies of the militants and said the men had opened fire when security forces surrounded them.
Friday’s attack was the second in as many years to target pilgrims on their way to the monastery of St Samuel the Confessor. A May 2017 attack left 29 dead.
Christians make up about 10% of Egypt’s population of 100 million and have long complained of discrimination.