1. TERROR WARNING: 30,000 people in Europe may be in terrorist networks, Europol chief warns
TENS of thousands of people living in Europe could be part of terrorist networks, the European Union’s law enforcement boss has warned on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Westminster terror attack.
Up to 30,000 people have been radicalised and are part of terror cells or communities which could be inspired by groups such as Islamic State (ISIS), Europol director Rob Wainwright said.
In an interview with Bulgarian television, the Briton warned of an “explosion of terrorist activity in recent years”, adding there is “very complex” range of threats facing the EU.
Sofia-based news agency Novinite quoted Mr Wainwright as saying: “About 30,000 people in Europe are potentially part of terrorist communities.
“Things are not that clear. These people are inspired, but are not subordinate to an ‘Islamic state’.”
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4. Paris Taxi Driver Threatened To Kill Passenger Because He Was an Israeli Jew
An Israeli tourist visiting his brother in Paris has claimed that a taxi driver in the French capital threatened to slit his throat after realising that he was a Jew from Israel during a taxi ride.
Israeli Ronen Edri told his story on a television programme put out by broadcaster Keshet earlier this week saying that it had been one of the most terrifying moments of his life, Israeli newspaper Maariv reports.
“I grabbed a taxi going to visit my brother in Paris, asking the driver to take me down to the address,” Edri said and after he asked the driver to turn down the radio in the vehicle the driver said, “Who are you? What do you think you are? You do not live here, you have no rights here, you are not even the owner of this vehicle.”
He said the driver cursed at him in French and said, “I’ll show you what Muslims do to people like you.”
Edri told the taxi driver to stop or he would not pay him the cab fare. Soon afterwards, the taxi driver rang up a friend on his mobile phone.
“He picked up the phone and I heard a phone call in French, I understood that the conversation was about me and decided to record it. I recorded the conversation and sent it to my brother,” Edri said and added that his brother told him the driver said, “this son of a bitch, I’m willing to cut his throat in my car.”
5. Turkey Gives Its Aggressive TV Censor Control Over the Web
Turkey’s parliament approved a new law on Wednesday that allows its radio and TV watchdog to vet Internet broadcasts, granting the government the ability to intervene against content by producers including Netflix Inc.
The regulation will require online video streaming companies and pay-TV services to apply for a license from the watchdog, known by its Turkish initials RTUK. Courts can block access for Turkish users if the necessary permits aren’t secured. RTUK has become notorious for aggressively handing out penalties or banning broadcasts that it judges to be immoral, inconsistent with Turkish family values, or that stray from the government line on politics.
The move is Turkey’s latest expansion into control over the media, with 80 million Turks increasingly limited in what they’re permitted to see on their computer screens and televisions. Courts and government agencies have repeatedly blocked access to Twitter and YouTube on complaints of content offensive to the nation’s leadership. Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been blocked since last year. Twitter says that Turkey submits about half of all global requests made to remove tweets, by far the most of any country.
6. Famous Turkish singer sentenced to 10 months in jail for insulting Erdogan
ANKARA (Reuters) - A famous Turkish singer and actress has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan during a performance in 2016, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Thursday.
Singer Zuhal Olcay was accused of changing the lyrics of one of her songs by substituting Erdogan’s name into it and making an insulting hand gesture while singing, Hurriyet said.
Video from the performance showed Olcay changing her song’s lyrics to read “Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it’s all empty, it’s all a lie, life will end one day and you’ll say ‘I had a dream’,” Hurriyet said.
7. Adult Afghan asylum seeker who lied he was a child refugee before raping and murdering EU official's daughter is jailed for life in Germany
An Afghan asylum seeker who raped and murdered the daughter of a top EU official has been sentenced to life in jail in Germany today.
Hussein Khavari, of uncertain age and origin, was found guilty of the deadly night-time attack on medical student Maria Ladenburger, 19, in October 2016 in the university town of Freiburg.
At the time of the murder, Khavari claimed to be 17, but testing on his teeth showed him to be between 22 and 29 years old. His own father later claimed he is 34.
Khavari's full identity is still protected in Germany because of the country's strict privacy laws.
Presiding judge Kathrin Schenk condemned Khavari's extreme “lack of empathy” as she handed down the maximum sentence of life in prison, which under German law means 15 years behind bars.
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10. Leftists in France riot and destroy as a response to Macron's economic reforms, that include merit based pay
ANGER has erupted against French President Emmanuel Macron’s nationwide reforms with tear gas being unleashed on protestors in angry scenes on the streets of Paris and Nantes. Thousands took part in a rallies across the country over the leader’s enforced changes this morning. […]
Unions said one in four primary schools were on strike, while electricity generation dropped by over three gigawatts (GW), the equivalent of three nuclear reactors, as gas and electricity sector workers joined the strike.
Some 150 protest marches are scheduled, including two rallies starting at around 1300 GMT in Paris.
Opinion polls show a paradox: a majority of voters back the strike but an even bigger majority back the reforms, including cutting the number of public sector workers and introducing merit-based pay.