1. Private school teacher accused of sexually assaulting boy, 10, in Scarborough
A private school teacher in Scarborough is facing multiple charges after a 10-year-old boy was allegedly taken from the school grounds and sexually assaulted.
Police allege the man, a teacher at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, took the boy from school property just after 11 a.m. on Feb. 16.
The boy was driven to a location in the Neilson Road and McLevin Avenue area where he was allegedly sexually assaulted, before being returned to the school, police say.
Saleh Momla, 24, of Toronto has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.
2. Italy: Antifa march to counter far-right Casapound election rally
From Youtube description:
Protesters from Antifa gathered in Rome, Thursday, just 400 meters from the Pantheon, where far-right group Casapound were holding their final rally before national elections on March 4.
The demonstration was not authorised by the police, which surrounded the protesters in Largo Argentina. The protesters headed to the Trastevere area of Rome while holding flares and chanting slogans including "We are all anti fascist" and "Comrade, your place in the cemetery.”
On Friday will be the last day for final election rallies and Antifa has promised to take to the streets to halt all far-right rallies.
3. Milan Mosque Urges Muslims to Vote for Italian Left-Wing Parties in Favour of “Birthplace Citizenship”
The Mosque of Segrate located on the outskirts of Milan has called on Muslims to vote for the centre-left coalition and parties favourable to granting birthplace citizenship.
The Segrate mosque, also known as Masjid al-Rahmàn or Mosque of the Merciful, released a bulletin to followers urging them to vote for parties which support granting citizenship to anyone born within the borders of Italy, known as Jus Soli, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.
The mosque told believers “they have a fundamental interest in going to the polls and in the secrecy of the voting booth, where nobody, except Allah, shines the splendour of his light, sees them express carefully on the valid ballot, putting the X on the symbol of parties favourable to Jus Soli.”
4. Pakistani court wants names, ages & family info of those who left Islam
A Pakistani court has ordered the citizen database to hand over a list of an estimated 10,000 people believed to have requested a change of religion. The petition is the latest move by mainstream Muslims to criminalize Qadianism.
On Monday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), ordered Pakistan’s Citizen Authority (NADRA) provide information on residents who reportedly changed their religion from Islam to Qadianism. Qadiani, or Ahmadi Muslims are believers of a minority Islamic sect considered heretical by other, mainstream, Muslims.
The Ahmadi believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, and not Mohammed, was the last prophet chosen by Allah and insist they are Muslim with as much right to practice their faith in Pakistan as other people.
Along with providing their names, the court also directed the citizen authority to provide their ages, international travel history, and their parents’ names. In 1974 the Pakistani constitution was amended to declare Ahmadis "non-Muslims.”
5. ISIS calls for attacks on sports events and markets in Barcelona in chilling message intercepted by Spanish police
Islamic State leaders have urged their “faithful” followers to “martyr” themselves by attacking “infidels” in Catalonia.
The message - broadcast through Telegramand and written in Spanish -was intercepted by the General Commissariat of Information of the National Police Body (CNP).
Specifically mentioning Barcelona, the message instructs terrorists to attack sports facilities and events as well as markets.
6. French Court Denies “Perverted Guru” Tariq Ramadan Bail, Citing Re-Offending Risk
Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan has been denied bail by a court of appeal after his arrest for rape, claiming that he is not only a flight risk but there is a possibility he may engage in the same type of behaviour he is indicted for.
Ramadan and his legal team have been attempting to get the Muslim scholar out of custody on bail for medical reasons after he was hospitalised for multiple sclerosis-related ailments earlier this month, French broadcaster RTL reports.
The scholar’s team argued for him to be released and allowed to reside at a Swiss Islamic association building with an ankle monitor, but the judges denied the proposition saying that Ramadan was too much of a flight risk.
7. Military headquarters, French Embassy attacked in Burkina Faso's capital
(CNN) At least seven people have been killed and six attackers "neutralized" Friday in Burkina Faso after attacks on the national army headquarters and the French Embassy, a government minister said.
It's not yet clear who was behind the violence in the West African nation's capital, Ouagadougou.
France's special envoy to Africa's Sahel region, Jean-Marc Châtaigner, urged people to avoid the city center in a tweet referring to a "terrorist attack."
Rémi Dandjinou, Burkina Faso's minister of communication, told CNN that an explosive device was used in the attack at the General Staff of the Armed Forces. At least five people were killed and two attackers "neutralized" there, he said.
The Telegraph reports 30 dead now in the attack.
About 30 people were killed and 85 wounded in terrorist attacks on the French embassy and cultural centre in Burkina Faso and the west African country’s army headquarters on Friday.
Most of the dead were Burkina Faso soldiers, killed as they defended the targets in the capital, Ouagadougou, supported by French forces. There were no French casualties, security sources in Paris said.
It was not immediately clear how many gunmen took part in what are believed to have been coordinated strikes described by Edouard Philippe, the French prime minister, as "a terrorist attack". At least six assailants are known to have been killed.
8. “No to Italy’s Mecca”: Town blocks mosque building, expels 100s of migrants
9. Netherlands: Kosher restaurant vandalised in Amsterdam for second time
From Youtube description:
Hacarmel, a Kosher Jewish restaurant became a target of vandalism, for the second time in recent months, as its window was broken in Amsterdam, Friday night.
Police were seen entering the restaurant to study the site. The window had been smashed with an unknown object.
The restaurant has been attacked previously with its windows broken and smeared with food and an Israeli flag being removed from the restaurant.
One man who is believed to have been acting in protest against the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, was reported to be prosecuted for the previous acts of vandalism. The man was seen holding Palestinian flag while smashing the windows.
Cameras are expected to be installed today to observe the area around the restaurant for at least four weeks.
10. Update on potential three years in jail for Marine Le Pen for tweeting IS photos