1. Yellow vests set fire to Paris in 18th straight weekend of protest
Teargas and baton charged were used by riot police on a so-called ‘Act XVIII’ Day of Rage organised by the Yellow Vest movement. Fighting broke out on the famous Champs Elysee, the most famous avenue in the French capital, by 11am, when there had already been 25 arrests. Protests were not just organised by the Yellow Vests – who are named after their high visibility motoring jackets – but by climate change protesters. All were attempting to march on the Elysee Palace, Mr Macron’s official home, but were held back by barriers and rows of police.The Vests have been protesting since November 17 last year and, despite a range of concessions by President Macron including scrapping green taxes of diesel and petrol, continue to call for him to step down.
Blazes, looting hit Paris as Gilets Jaunes seek new momentum
France's Gilets Jaunes take to the streets for 18th consecutive weekend as President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his Grand Debat on Friday.
2. Christchurch mosque linked to al-Qaida suspect
A Christchurch mosque has been linked to the drone killing of New Zealand al-Qaida suspect Daryl Jones.
The parents of an Australian killed alongside Jones say their son was taught radical Islam in Christchurch, where he also met Mr Jones.
Christopher Havard was killed alongside Mr Jones by a US drone in Yemen last year.
His parents, Neill and Bronwyn Dowrick, say their son told them he was first taught radical Islam at the Al Noor mosque in Addington.
Mr Havard moved from Australia to New Zealand in 2010. He's remembered at the mosque by the name of Saleem Khattab.
"[He was] no different than other people," says mosque president Mohamed Jama. "He was a normal man."
Mr Havard's parents say it's at the mosque he met fellow convert Mr Jones, who was known at Muslim Bin John.
Related article from 2014: Drone victims “radicalised” at mosque
3. Salvini says Islamic extremism only kind worth attention
(ANSA) - Naples, March 15 - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday that “the only extremism that merits attention is the Islamic kind,” in response to a question about whether the domestic terrorist attack in New Zealand that took place Friday is something to be concerned about in Italy as well.
VIDEO of Salvini responding to reporter’s question about growing right-wing extremism in Italy.
4. Conservative MPs cancel reception with controversial U.K. speaker Baroness Cox after New Zealand mosque shootings
OTTAWA — In the wake of a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques on Friday that left 49 dead and many others seriously injured, Conservative MPs have cancelled an event planned for Monday in Ottawa that was to feature a controversial speaker who has been accused of Islamophobia.
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis announced Friday afternoon that the event would not be proceeding as planned. “Our friends in the Muslim community are now reeling from one of the most horrific and appalling terrorist attacks to ever target their community,” he wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “Out of respect for them, now is not the time for a conversation that could have been misconstrued to take place on Parliament Hill.”
The reception planned for Monday, to be hosted by Genuis and Conservative MP Kelly Block, featured Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords, as a keynote speaker, and was to promote women’s rights in the Middle East. However, Cox has previously come under fire for making controversial comments about Islam, and has been accused of sympathizing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and seeking to legitimize his regime.
5. Oldham man arrested over social media comment about NZ attack
A man from Greater Manchester has been accused of posting comments supporting the terrorist attack in New Zealand.
The 24-year-old from Oldham was arrested on Saturday afternoon on suspicion of sending malicious communications, police said.
There were no details given about what he is alleged to have written. [...]
“Where the law permits and people cross the line, we will take robust action, which may include arrest and prosecution.”
6. Australian Senator Fraser Anning being egged by a teenager
A local news station captured footage of Australian Senator Fraser Anning being egged by a teenager during a press conference in Melbourne, a day after the senator's controversial tweet blaming “Muslim immigration” for the New Zealand terrorist attack.
Related: Fraser Anning not apologising for Christchurch shooting comments, doubles down on Muslim immigration
Queensland senator Fraser Anning has reiterated extreme anti-immigration views and refused to apologise for offensive comments he made after the Christchurch terror attack.
In a wide-ranging press conference, the ex-One Nation senator cited Nazis, repeated calls for a ban on Muslim immigration and compared hitting the teenager who egged him to trench warfare.
He has attracted condemnation from across the political divide after issuing a statement within hours of the mosque attacks linking the shootings at two Christchurch mosques to immigration.
7. Hezbollah’s capabilities “doubled,” says Iranian official
Lebanon’s Hezbollah capabilities have doubled more than 100 times, the head of the defence office for Iran’s Fikr Al-Islam movement, Abbas-Ali Farzandi, said yesterday.
Speaking at a ceremony held in Iran’s south-western province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, he stressed that Hezbollah’s capabilities “have risen nowadays.”
“The capabilities of Hezbollah have doubled 100 times more than it used to be during the time of the 33-day war which Israel launched on Lebanon in 2006,' Farzandi was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying.
8. Burqa ban counter-proposal: Swiss government wants tougher rules on face coverings
The Swiss government has rejected a nationwide burqa ban but hopes to introduce a new law that would make it illegal for people to refuse to uncover their face when asked to do so by government officials, transport staff or privately-contracted ticket inspectors.
Under the plans, anyone who repeatedly refused to show their face to government officials working in sectors including migration, customs or social security, or to rail and aviation transport workers could be hit with a fine.
Burqas and niqabs are not specifically mentioned in the draft law, which refers to face coverings. However, Muslim women wearing these garments would also liable to a financial penalty if they did not show their face when asked to do so.
9. Sweden: Serious crimes committed by returned ISIS fighters
According to a new investigation, one in three returned Islamic State fighters in Sweden have committed serious crimes after coming back from the Middle East.
The investigation, which looked into the activities of 41 Islamic State members who had returned from Syria and Iraq, found that all of those sentences or suspected of crimes, 13 people in total, were men, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
The crimes that the men have been either suspected or of convicted of have included serious offences such as the case of a 31-year-old man who was filmed by his neighbours attacking another man with a pair of scissors last July and is now looking at attempted murder charges.
Related VIDEO from Swedish broadcaster SVT on the crime rate of ISIS returnees.
10. Nigerian Muslim militants kill 120 Christians in three weeks
The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week’s slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.
The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.
The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.