1. Terror as bombs EXPLODE at THREE Indonesian churches causing MULTIPLE FATALITIES
SUICIDE bombings have caused a number of fatalities at three churches in Indonesia's Surabaya City, Java. The attacks are believed to have been carried out by the Islamic state-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah.
Indonesian police have secured a fourth unexploded bomb.
Media reports said at one church, a woman with a younger child and a teenager was being questioned by security when the bomb exploded.
Police have confirmed the explosions all occurred within 10 minutes of each other.
A family of 6 who had returned from Syria, were responsible for the bombing, including young children.
#UPDATE A family of six, including two young girls, were responsible for suicide attacks that killed at least 11 and injured dozens during Sunday church services in Indonesia's city of Surabaya, police chief says pic.twitter.com/yqYcNNiu1Z— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 13, 2018
2. Islamic State claim their “SOLDIER” responsible for HORRIFIC Paris knife attack
Police scrambled to the scene after an attacker began knifing pedestrians.
Islamic State’s propaganda arm has described the suspect in the attack as one of its “soldiers.”
Pierre Gaudin, a senior official at the Paris Police Prefecture, said: “A person attacked five people in the second district of Paris.
Police intervened immediately.”
The 29-year-old attacker has been identified despite he was not carrying any identification papers.
The man had been previously categorised as “fiche S” by the authorities, a source said, which in France is a list of people who may represent a threat to national security.
Police, which haven't shared the name of the man yet, have been held for questioning the man's parents, a juridicial source told to French media.
The attacker, who killed two people and wounded four more in the busy Opera district yesterday night, is believed to be a French national.
If his Chechen origins were to be confirmed, this would be the first time a terror attack is carried out in France by someone from the southern Russian region of Chechenya.
The man, who reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) while stabbing passer-by, may be linked to ISIS, as the terror group said later yesterday night that he was one of their “soldiers”.
New details on the knife attack in central Paris
3. Thousands of Muslims pray in front of Hagia Sophia
Over 2,500 Muslims were at İstanbul’s Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) Museum in İstanbul early Saturday morning to perform prayer, Greek Kathimerini newspaper reported.
Thousands of worshippers gathered at the UNESCO world heritage site which Turks have increasingly been calling for to be turned back into a mosque – at 4 a.m., the site said.
Once Christianity’s greatest cathedral, the Ayasofya was built in the 6th century under order of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and stands across the iconic Blue Mosque. The status of the structure, which has been a museum since 1935, has been an ongoing topic of debate, particularly between Greece and Turkey.
Muslim prayer services have been held inside the Hagia Sophia over the years have raised reactions outside Turkey, mainly in Greece.
4. UK: One injured as Kurds clash with police ahead of Erdogan visit
5. Viktor Orbán: “The era of Liberal Democracy has ended!”
Orban asserts that as the world has changed, a Liberal Democracy no longer works and for this reason, Hungary has chosen to move to a Christian Democracy.
6. PM Netanyahu's Remarks at Reception for US Delegation
7. Canada: Pro-Palestine and pro-Israel protesters square off in Toronto
8. Hon. Candice Bergen continues to press Trudeau on his lenient treatment of ISIS returnees
9. IDF gears up for mass Gaza riots, warns that Hamas plans to “massacre” Israelis
Over 100,000 Palestinians expected to take part in “March of Return” protests on Monday; IDF fears hundreds may try to breach border fence, attack nearby Israeli towns.
GAZA BORDER — The Israeli military is gearing up for fierce “March of Return” protests along the Gaza security fence on Monday, with more than 100,000 Palestinians expected to take part, and dire warnings from the IDF that hundreds plan to try breach the fence and carry out a “massacre” of Israeli civilians.
The protests are now set for Monday, to coincide with the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and not on Tuesday’s Nakba Day, as was originally expected.
The Israel Defense Forces expects over 100,000 Palestinians to take part in the mass demonstrations and potentially as many as 200,000, something that would indicate a major victory for the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza and has co-opted for its own ends what were originally slated to be weeks of nonviolent protests.
10. American Muslims accused of Islamophobia
Muslims have a serious Islamophobia problem.
That’s the claim being made by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding which found that 30% of Muslims believe that Muslims are "more prone to negative behavior."
That’s far higher than Jews at 13%, Catholics at 12% and Protestants at 11%.
18% of Muslims, the poll found, believe that Muslims are “more prone to violence”. Only 15% of Jews, 12% of Catholics and 13% of Protestants believe that about Muslims. The only group more likely to believe that Muslims more violent than Muslims are white evangelicals at 23%.
Dalia Mogahed, ISPU’s director of research, blames this on “internalized Islamophobia.” According to her, “Muslims have themselves internalized negative stereotypes about their own community” based on the media. Even though the media covers Muslims far more positively than any other religious group.