1. Debate: Discussing borders of free speech as France deports controversial imam
2. Generation Identitaire and Defend Europe begin operation to stop illegal migration via the Alps
3. Nigel Farage: “We didn’t vote for a transition deal. We voted to leave!”
Nigel Farage explains why the “trick” of trying to force a second referendum after globalists didn’t get the result they wanted, won’t work.
4. UK: Muslim police officer attempts to stop prayer session in public park
5. SPLC Pulls Controversial “Anti-Muslim Extremist” List After Legal Threats
The Southern Poverty Law Center has removed an online list of “anti-Muslim extremists” after British Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz threatened to sue the SPLC over his inclusion on the list.
The list is the fourth article in two months the SPLC has deleted over accuracy concerns.
The left-wing nonprofit first published the list in November 2016, offering it as a “field guide” to journalists.
In addition to Nawaz, the list included Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who advocates against female genital mutilation, among other issues. Ali blasted the SPLC’s “deeply offensive smears” in an August 2017 op-ed for The New York Times.
Sam Harris on SPLC, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Maajid Nawaz
Related: Southern Poverty Law Centre attempts to quell any criticism of Islam
6. Gunfire outside King's home in Saudi Arabia
BREAKING NEWS: Reports of heavy gunfire ongoing near Saudi’s King’s palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The king has reportedly been evacuated to a bunker at a military base in the city. Casualties unclear.— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) April 21, 2018
More info soon.
#BREAKING NEWS: Very Tense Situation— Salvin Yula (@SalvinYula) April 21, 2018
Explosions and heavy gunfire currently ongoing near the Royal Palace in #Riyadh, #SaudiArabia. The King has been evacuated#Saudi #Yemen #UnitedStates #Trump #Syria #IRAQ #Kuwait #SAA pic.twitter.com/85Rl3yx99r
Fears of a coup are sparked in Saudi Arabia after heavy gunfire erupts near the Royal Palace - but officials claim it was only guards shooting down a drone that flew too close to the King Salman's residence
Reuters has the same explanation: Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace
7. Russia: IS militant killed in FSB raid in Stavropol
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) released footage of the aftermath of a raid for a member of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Stavropol on Saturday. The militant was allegedly plotting to carry out attacks on the city.
8. Tehran Warns Multi-front Scenario Against Israel, Netanyahu Vows to Respond
Conflict between Iran and Israel escalated on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing the readiness to confront Iran at any price and with Iran responding through Deputy Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander (IRGC) Hossein Salami, who said Iran is ready to target Israel from two fronts, adding that Israel will only have to flee through the sea.
Anyone who aims to harm Israel will pay a heavy price, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday morning at a special cabinet meeting for the 70th year of declaring Israel.
“We hear threats from Iran, and the Israeli forces are prepared for every possible Iranian move. We will fight whoever tries to harm us. We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security. They will pay a heavy price,” warned Netanyahu.
9. Saudi fitness centre shut over “indecent” video
Riyadh: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness centre in Riyadh on Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire.
“We are not going to tolerate this,” Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al Shaikh tweeted as he ordered that the centre’s licence be withdrawn.
Al Shaikh, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, also told authorities to investigate and prosecute those behind the video.
The video, which was widely circulated on social media but could not be independently verified by AFP, showed a woman with uncovered hair in what appeared to be a gym and kicking a punching bag.
10. Houthis detaining 19 oil vessels, Saudi ambassador to Yemen confirms
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Muhammad Al-Jaber confirmed that Houthi militias were detaining 19 oil vessels, carrying 200,000 tons of oil, and prevented them from entering Hodeidah port.
“The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Support Center (YCHO) is deeply concerned that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias are holding more than 19 oil vessels in the militia-controlled area of Al-Mustaqaf, preventing them from entering the port,” Al-Jaber wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
On April 3, a Saudi oil tanker was attacked by Houthi militias in international waters west of Hodeidah port which is under the control of Iran’s armed militias.
Spokesman for the Coalition Forces Col. Turki Al-Malki said that the attempt to attack failed after the intervention of one of the naval ships of the alliance.
Hodeidah port in western Yemen is one of the most important ports to receive humanitarian relief and oil vessels. -- Al Arabiya English