1. Teen girls weep as judge dismisses sexual assault charges from West Edmonton Mall wave pool incident
A man accused of sexual assault hugged his wife after learning his charges were dismissed Friday. Meanwhile, a group of teenage girls and their supporters left the courtroom in tears.
Soleiman Hajj Soleiman was arrested in February 2017 after several teenagers reported being touched by a man in the West Edmonton Mall water park. He was acquitted of all charges against him — six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual contact with a child — in a provincial court ruling Friday morning.
Justice Joyce Lester said that while something did happen at the mall’s wave pool, there was not enough reliable evidence to convict Soleiman.
The witnesses, who were ages 13 to 15 at the time of the event, gave varying descriptions of the man’s head and facial hair, skin colour and age during the trial. One said he wore blue goggles, while another said he wore rainbow goggles in a zebra pattern.
2. Italy: Moroccan Migrant Threatens to Blow Himself up Inside Milan Church
Italian Carabinieri arrested a 43-year-old Moroccan living in Italy earlier this week after he entered a shop and threatened to blow himself up in a nearby church.
The man is said to have walked into a pet shop and attempted to reach out to shake the hand of the shopkeeper but when the worker refused, he became agitated and began cursing in Italian and Arabic. During the diatribe, the man threatened to blow himself up in the nearby church of San Carlo.
The shopkeeper called the police who arrived on the scene and chased the fleeing suspect. When the officers caught up to him, he attacked them, damaging their police vehicle.
3. France: Cars set alight in Nantes as riots over police killing of man continue
Related: France: right-wing activists support police officer accused of young man's death in Nantes
Dozens of right-wing activists gathered in front of the police headquarters in Nantes to express their support for the police officer accused of firing Aboubakar Fofana, a 22-year-old man, during a police check. On the other side of the street, a group of anti-fascist protesters organized a counter-demonstration.
Related: Euronews update indicates the police officer now says the shooting was an accident and not self defence as initially stated. The officer has now been charged.
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5. Korea: Syrian man arrested for promoting IS terrorism
A Syrian man has been arrested after allegedly promoting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and encouraging other foreign workers to be part of it, police said Friday. [...]
After receiving reports, investigators apprehended him at his residence in Pyeongtaek on June 18. Police said they found explosive material in his car and IS promotion video clips on his computer.
It unclear whether he is a member of the IS or just a follower.
After entering Korea in 2007, he applied for legal refugee status, which was later rejected. Instead, he received a residency permit for humanitarian reasons, which has to be renewed every year.
6. France deploy UNDERCOVER terror police to patrol trains amid attack fears
Undercover police officers are to patrol French trains in an effort to protect travellers and tourists from terrorist attacks during the busy summer holiday period, France’s national gendarmerie commander Colonel Ghislain Réty said on Thursday.
The elite police officers are under strict instructions to intervene only if a suspected terrorist launches an attack against train passengers, for fear of blowing their cover.
The government is to deploy “at least two” members of France’s elite paramilitary special forces, the GIGN, on each train to monitor security and thwart potential terrorist threats, Mr Réty told the AFP news agency.
The counter-terror operation, which was launched on Thursday to coincide with the upsurge in traffic for the summer break, has been codenamed “Train Marshals,” he added.
7. Orbán tells Merkel: 5,000 migrants would enter Germany every day if Hungary didn't defend the border
Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has clashed with Angela Merkel over immigration policy, following a meeting between the pair in Berlin.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Merkel said: “We do protect our outer borders, but not with the goal of just walling ourselves off and talking about a kind of fortress.”
The Hungarian firebrand wasn’t in the mood for any of her virtue-signaling.
“If the help offered by Europe to migrants leads people in Africa and Asia to conclude that they can come, then they will come,” Orbán fired back.
“We have to be humane without creating a pull-factor, and the only way we know of doing that is closing the borders and taking help (to those countries), and not let in people who bring trouble.
“We don’t want to import problems, that’s the difference in viewpoint between us.”
8. The tragic truth about cousin marriages: They can cause a litany of genetic illnesses and they're a key factor in the deaths of two children a week in Britain, so why is it taboo to talk about them, asks SUE REID
[...] Hiba comes from the city’s British-Pakistani community, in which around 60 per cent of mothers are married to their cousins according, to a major academic study. [...]
In British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, marriage between cousins is designed to strengthen the family and keep wealth intact.
But there are massive health risks involved for the children of such couples. And when they are tragically born with disabilities, it is taxpayers who are left to pick up the huge costs of their NHS treatment, which can run into millions over a lifetime.
New official figures shown to the Mail reveal a worrying picture across England. Shockingly, cousin marriages are a key factor in an average of two child deaths every week.
9. Former Egyptian Dean Of Law Nabil Hilmi: There is a plan for a Jewish state in Mecca and Medina by 2050
Nabil Hilmi, former dean of law at the University of Al-Zaqaziq, Egypt, said in a recent TV interview: "We all know that it is the Jews who control the money and the media." Hilmi, who was speaking on Egypt's Channel 2 on June 23, further said that: "They also [wanted] a gateway from Jordan toward the Gulf states, beginning with Saudi Arabia" and that "they want to reach Mecca and Medina." "When they make a plan, it's for 50 years," he said.
10. Catholic Bishop: Europe Migrant Crisis “Orchestrated” by International Powers
The Catholic church is being used as a pawn in a well-orchestrated plan to radically alter the Christian identity of European nations through mass migration, said Bishop Athanasius Schneider in a bombshell interview last week.
Schneider, who serves as auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, told the Italian daily Il Giornale that the current migrant crisis “represents a plan orchestrated and prepared for a long time by international powers to radically alter the Christian and national identity of the peoples of Europe.”
To achieve their objectives, these powers abuse “the true concept of humanism and even the Christian commandment of charity,” Schneider said, exploiting the moral authority of the church for anti-Christian purposes.
The powers in question “use the enormous moral potential of the church and their own structures to achieve their anti-Christian and anti-European goal more effectively,” he said.