1. Germany’s AfD: Migrants receiving special rights and resources as children should have age confirmed
2. Subway drivers REFUSE to stop at several stations in Paris
Subway drivers are refusing to stop at some stations in Paris because of a surge in violent crime at some stops, it has emerged.
Frightened drivers say they are not calling at certain stations in the French capital's north east in order to “protect passengers” and themselves.
Some stations are increasingly being used by crack dealers, they say, with Marx Dormoy on line 12 and Marcadet-Poissonniers on lines 12 and 4 said to be among the worst hit.
3. Islamic Terrorism training and preparation in Colorado, predates 9/11 2001:
4. Austrian Jews to Withdraw From International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremonies Over Far-Right Party’s Participation
In a deeply embarrassing setback for Austria’s right-wing coalition government, the country’s Jewish community has announced that it will withdraw from official events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 if law-makers from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) are in attendance.
Yet, following is a newly translated 2010 interview of FPO leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, by Germany's Michael Stürzenberger, where they discuss the party's views on Israel and the Jewish aspect of Austrian culture.
5. Convicted Pakistani paedophile, 39, claims it's “too dangerous” to send him home
A Pakistani paedophile who claimed he didn't realise it was illegal to have sex with 14-year-olds intends to use his conviction for grooming to help him claim asylum in the UK.
Adil Sultan, 39, thought he was chatting to a schoolgirl online, where he encouraged her to send him explicit photos of herself and meet up with him for sex.
But he was actually exchanging messages with the vigilante group Guardians of the North, who intercepted him and handed him over to the police.
He has now been jailed for 17 months after pleading guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming. [...]
He now claims his conviction means he cannot return to his homeland, as anger over a recent child rape case means it is now unsafe for him.
Instead, he plans to apply for asylum in the UK.
6. Former student, 19, “set fires at Catholic university in retaliation for US military action in Iraq and Afghanistan”
A former college student from Minneapolis has been charged with intentionally setting four fires at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul to avenge Muslims killed in US bombings in the Middle East.
A criminal complaint alleges 19-year-old Tnuza Jamal Hassan confessed to investigators she started the fires on Wednesday because she had been reading about the US military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and felt she should do the same thing. Hassan is charged with first-degree arson.
“Hassan said this was the same thing that happened in the ‘Muslim land’ and nobody cares if they get hurt, so why not do this?” the complaint stated.
The complaint, cited by Minneapolis Star Tribune, says Hassan told police her intent was to hurt people and to burn the Catholic university to the ground.
7. Austrian far-right orders 'border protection unit'
Austria's new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying on Thursday that he has ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015.
“A repeat of 2015 cannot be allowed to happen. Therefore I have given instructions for the creation of a border protection unit,” said Herbert Kickl, of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPÖ).
“The aim is to ensure an orderly border management within a few hours,” the 49-year-old former speechwriter for late FPÖ chief Joerg Haider told the Tiroler Tageszeitung daily.
“It is a standby police troop that if need be can secure a border crossing point and carry out identity checks. Just waving people through won't happen again,” he added.
8. European watchdog: More migrants heading to Spain by sea
Europe's border watchdog says the number of migrants and asylum-seekers coming across the western Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year is likely to increase, after 2017 closed with more than twice the traffic of the previous year.
The head of the EU Frontex border agency, Fabrice Leggeri, announced Friday in Madrid that his agency would increase efforts this summer to help Spanish border surveillance. No extra funds have been allocated yet, but Frontex says it will consider diverting funds from operations in Greece or Italy if needed.
Leggeri said last year efforts to help Spain cost about 7 million euros ($8.6 million). Frontex said 22,880 migrants arrived in Spain last year by sea, up from 10,231 in 2016.
9. Iran suspected of increasing espionage in Germany
An Iranian intelligence agency spied on German politician Reinhold Robbe for months. In an interview with DW, Robbe says he is convinced that the extent of Iranian espionage in Germany is greater than previously known.
DW: Mr. Robbe you claim that Iran has spied on Germany more than almost any other country and that it invests heavily in its intelligence apparatus. Why would its intelligence agencies be interested in Germany?
Reinhold Robbe: Firstly, it is because Germany holds a key position in general as the strongest EU economy. But also because Germany maintains excellent relations in all parts of the world. Despite existing embargoes, German's historical situation has led to great relations with the entire Western world and the Arab world. You can see that with Israel. We didn't just today suddenly build a superb and unique relationship with Israel without damaging ties to the Arab world. This special situation does not only lead to the fact that Germany is a respected partner, but also a subject of interest to many different states, even the ones that are not necessarily friends of Germany. We are basically a global political hub and this hub not only has its good side but also a negative side because many intelligence agencies are active here. Most of them engage in industrial espionage but there are states that have set tough political goals.
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10. German woman fed up with living in fear