1. Two Canadian women surrender to U.S.-backed forces in Syria
Two Canadian women with children have surrendered to U.S.-backed forces in an ISIS-held area of Syria. The women, whose identities haven’t been confirmed by CBC News, have spoken to a Canadian non-profit organization and U.S. media in recent days.
2. UK: Mother, 38, is arrested in front of her children and locked in a cell for seven HOURS after calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter
A mother was arrested in front of her children and locked up for seven hours after referring to a transgender woman as a man online.
Three officers detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with an activist on Twitter over so-called “deadnaming.”
The 38-year-old, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation.
More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology.
3. Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption
Hungary's government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country's prime minister said Sunday.
The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his "state of the nation" speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary's population decline.
The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children; a subsidy of 2.5 million forints ($8,825) toward the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints ($35,300) for women under age 40 who are marrying for the first time.
Orban, who has made “zero tolerance” for immigration his main theme in the past four years and was elected to a third consecutive term in April, said the initiative is meant to “ensure the survival of the Hungarian nation.”
4. GERMANY: Yellow Vests march in Wiesbaden despite Antifa’s childish and thuggish antics
The situation gets intense at times as Yellow Vests march to the main train station in Wiesbaden. Before, during and after the event, Antifa attempts to derail it, and one journalist even threatens to smear them as “far right” in his coverage, but in the end, the police did their job and the march was a success.
5. Taxi driver hauls boy, six, from cab then “beheads” him with shard of glass as his screaming mother fought to save him in Saudi Arabia
A six-year-old boy was reportedly beheaded with a shard of glass as his mother desperately tried to save him in Saudi Arabia.
Zakaria Al-Jaber was in a taxi with his mother on their way to the shrine of Prophet Muhammad in Medina when the driver stopped the car and forced the boy out.
He dragged him to an area near a coffee shop in the Al-Tilal neighborhood, before smashing a glass bottle, reports TMV.
The taxi driver slit his throat with a shard of glass before stabbing him repeatedly as both his mother and a nearby police officer attempted to stop the brutal attack. [...]
The group said that an unknown man had asked the mother if she was Shia moments before the attack happened.
6. Jewish model and Trump supporter called ‘Nazi’ on social media
Elizabeth Pipko, who is Jewish, started out as a volunteer on Trump’s campaign before being hired full-time.
“I worked in a call center in Trump Tower. Within eight weeks, I was hired as a national volunteer services coordinator for the data team and paid $4,000 a month,” she told The New York Post in January, revealing for the first time that she supported Trump.
Pipko had hid her Trump support from her colleagues for fear of putting her modeling career in jeopardy, but she didn’t want to keep it a secret any longer. [...]
“He and a colleague were enraged, screaming about how much they hate Trump. My manager kept saying how evil the people who work for him must be and that he would never work with anyone who supported him.
“I was terrified they would find out that I was one of the so-called evil people.”
7. Canada: Liberal candidate Richard Lee suggests United Nations should regulate internet
OTTAWA — A federal Liberal candidate suggested Wednesday that the United Nations should establish a worldwide internet regulator to stop the spread of misinformation.
Richard Lee made the comment during the first candidates debate in Burnaby South, the British Columbia byelection race where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is vying for a crucial seat.
Federally-registered lobbying group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting hosted the event, which organizers billed as a chance for candidates to share their views about Facebook and the platform's impact on the CBC and private media outlets. [...]
Lee later defended his point further and explained the UN as the ideal organization for the task “because there are so many countries there.” People's Party of Canada candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson disagreed and claimed it's the UN that needs regulation, not Facebook users.
8. Denmark's immigration minister faces new scrutiny over illegal asylum directive
Minister for Immigration and Integration Inger Støjberg has been summoned to an extraordinary parliamentary hearing (hastesamråd) over a directive to separate married asylum seekers under the age of 18 from their partners.
All opposition parties have called for Støjberg to face questions, after the publication of a 2016 email exchange appeared to shed new light on explanations previously given by the minister over an asylum directive that was later found to be illegal, newspaper Information reports.
On Thursday, Information published an email exchange in which former Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) director Henrik Grunnet appears to write that the authority was advised to separate all asylum seeker couples whereby one partner was under 18 years of age.
The authority was not advised of any possible exceptions to that instruction, according to the email exchange.
“The meeting I attended in the ministry left no doubt as to her [Støjberg, ed.] position on this issue -- regardless of the (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child, if the pair have children,” Grunnet wrote in the February 10th, 2016 email.
9. US Congresswomen openly endorse BDS
The first two Middle East Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have openly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Michigan congresswoman Tlaib said on Saturday that she wanted to highlight “issues such as racism and Israel’s violations of the Palestinians’ human rights.”
Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working to bring some balance to the US position, which currently gives priority to Israel. Omar told US media:
“When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and do not recognize the other religions living in the country, and we still hold it up as a democracy in the Middle East, I almost chuckle.”
10. US rebukes Germany for deporting Islamic militant to Turkey
The United States sharply rebuked Germany on Feb. 7 for deporting a wanted Islamic militant to Turkey instead of extraditing him to New York to stand trial on terror-related charges.
Adem Yılmaz, a Turkish citizen, has been charged by a U.S. federal grand jury with conspiring to carry out a 2008 suicide bombing in Afghanistan, which left two U.S. soldiers dead and 11 others injured.
Yılmaz, also known as Ebu Talha, was deported to Turkey recently after serving 11 years in a German prison for his role in planning large-scale attacks in Germany.
The United States had demanded that Yılmaz be handed over to face the charges against him brought in New York.
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said he was “gravely disappointed” by Germany's decision to deport Yılmaz to Turkey rather than extradite him to the United States.