1. Egyptian singer imprisoned for two years; music video included sexually suggestive eating scenes
An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery" after a music video showing her suggestively eating a banana was ruled to be too sexually explicit.
Shyma was arrested shortly after releasing I have Issues, in which the she is seen dancing in underwear before appearing in front of a classroom of adult men and pouring milk over a banana before eating it, licking an apple and tasting the icing of a slice of chocolate cake.
The video attracted more than one million viewers in a few days, but also sparked controversy among conservatives for the strong sexual gesturing.
2. Chinese government collecting biometric data in Muslim-majority Xinjiang province
Chinese police have started gathering blood types, DNA samples, fingerprints and iris scans from millions of people in its Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to build a massive citizen database, according to report by activist group Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The report, published Wednesday, said that officials are collecting the data from citizens between 12 and 65 years old using a variety of methods. Authorities are gathering DNA and blood types through free medical check-ups, and HRW said it is was unclear if patients were aware that their biometric data was being collected for the police during these physical exams.
According to the report, citizens authorities have flagged as a potential threat to the regime, and their families, named “focus personnel,” are forced to hand over their DNA regardless of age.
3. "Great Wall of Calais" farce: £2.3m barrier fitted with unlocked doors
A HUGE wall meant to stop migrants hiding in UK-bound lorries at Calais has been fitted with unlocked doors.
The 13ft barrier, dubbed The Great Wall of Calais, was built using £2.3million of UK taxpayers’ money.
It runs for well over half a mile beside the N216 motorway, which ends at the town’s ferry port terminal.
But a probe has found that steel doors set into it as access points for French officials are a glaring weak point.
On the side of the wall facing away from the road the doors look like featureless sheets of plain metal.
4. UK: Probe into waterfowl stabbed, beheaded in London parks
The RSPCA has set up 24-hour patrols at parks in Thamesmead after a string of horrifying discoveries in recent weeks.
Last month two mute swans were found killed and beheaded in Birchmere Park and another swan was found mutilated next to Southmere Lake.
Three cygnets, or baby swans, and a Canada goose have also been killed, park wardens said.
'It’s really concerning because the birds seem to have been stabbed and then beheaded with their bodies left beside the water,' said RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse.
5. Russia: ISIS inspired cell preparing holiday attacks using grenades, bombs and guns
Russia has arrested what it said were three members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Moscow, preparing suicide attacks over the holiday period, state news agency RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.
The Russian Federal Security Services (FSB) announced that three people from Central Asia were in police custody but the “management of the cell was carried out by the leadership of international terrorist organisation ISIS, from abroad.
6. CAIR Florida protests US embassy move to Israel's capital
7. Saudi, UAE to offer assistance to West Africa force
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are attending a summit in Paris on Wednesday aimed at accelerating efforts to set up a West African force to battle Islamist militants, a sign Gulf Arab states are upping their influence in the region.
The G5 Sahel – composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad – launched a symbolic military operation to mark its creation in October amid growing unrest in the Sahel, whose porous borders are regularly crossed by jihadists, including affiliates of al Qaeda and Islamic State.
However, France, which has some 4,000 troops in the region, has bemoaned that the militants have scored military and symbolic victories in West Africa while the G5 force has struggled to win financing and become operational.
8. Israel's Iron Dome takes down Palestinian missiles fired from Gaza
9. France: Mayor opposes selective enforcement of French secularism laws, specifically regarding nativity scenes
10. 63-Year-Old Migrant Arrested For Molesting Children As Young As Seven At Swimming Pool
A 63-year-old Iranian asylum seeker was arrested in the German town of Öhringen after being accused of sexually molesting three young children including a seven-year-old boy.
The incident, which occurred on Sunday, is said to have occurred at a public swimming pool in the town where the 63-year-old sexually harassed two girls aged nine and eleven as well as the seven-year-old boy. According to reports, the man is said to have touched the seven-year-olds genitals for several minutes while in the swimming pool, German tabloid Bild reports.
Staff at the pool were alerted to the man’s activities after three bathers witnessed the incident and the children told their parents what the man had done to them. The pool staff immediately forced the man out of the pool and made him get dressed.