1. Motorcycle bombs injure 12 in southern Thailand
Police in Thailand said they shot and killed two suspected Muslim insurgents who ambushed a police unit Tuesday in the southern province of Pattani, a day after bombs in a neighbouring province injured 12 people.
Three police officers were wounded in the gunfight that broke out after the ambush, said police Lt. Adisak Saduba of the Yarang district police station. Ambushes of security personnel, sometimes using improvised explosive devices, are a common tactic of the insurgents, who operate in Thailand's three southernmost provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani, the only ones with Muslim majorities in the predominantly Buddhist country.
The insurgents, who belong to several groups, do not have clearly articulated goals, though historically some have separatist ambitions while other seek greater autonomy. They receive support from Muslim residents who complain that they are often treated as second-class citizens.
2. France: Two Teen Asylum Seekers Stabbed in Latest Inter-Ethnic Brawl
A 17-year-old asylum seeker has been arrested in the French city of Dijon after stabbing two teen African asylum seekers in a large inter-ethnic brawl between Pakistani and African migrants.
The African teen victims, aged around 15, were taken to the hospital after one was stabbed in the arm and the other stabbed in the chest by the 17-year-old Pakistani origin male. Neither victim is said to have life-threatening injuries, regional daily newspaper Le Bien Public reports.
The mass brawl occurred last Wednesday but details of the victims remained unknown until Sunday. Investigators are still attempting to piece together the initial reasons for the brawl between the two groups of young asylum seekers who are all said to be living in foster homes in the city. Police say they are still looking for the leaders of the two groups.
3. Sweden’s Crimewave Cities Have Left Rural Areas Without Police Officers, Complain Locals
Swedish politicians in the northeastern area of Skåne county have complained there are no police in their area as available officers are sent to the heavily migrant-populated city of Malmö to help deal with serious crimes.
Lars Johnsson of the Moderate Party sits on the local council for the municipality of Hässleholm and has expressed concern over the lack of police in the city centre which is becoming rife with problems, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.
“It’s not just a hub for travellers but also for drug trafficking and the problem is that we have too few police officers,” Johnsson said.
In other areas of the county like Östra Göinge, there is also a lack of available police officers. “We currently have no police presence at all. Our municipal police are sent to Malmö and we are leaving now we know that crime will increase,” Moderate Party politician Patric Åberg said.
4. FUREY: YouTube suspends Canadian anti-terror expert
Canadian intelligence expert Tom Quiggin has quite the resume. He’s worked with the RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, the UN Protection Force in Yugoslavia, to name but a few. He’s testified before the Senate and at the Air India Inquiry. He was even an arms control inspector in Europe.
Yet, these extensive qualifications apparently aren’t enough for YouTube, which removed Quiggin’s new podcast from its platform before he even posted the first episode. [...]
Quiggin’s a determined observer and critic of radical Islam, working alongside a handful of Canadian Muslims who want to expose the extreme elements they wish to eradicate from their faith.
Tom Quiggin can still be heard HERE.
5. France: Border town struggles to cope with influx of migrants
6. State of Palestine: Palestinian protesters set Israeli flags alight
7. Algerian military plane crash kills at least 257
From the Youtube page:
At least 257 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital around 8am on Wednesday.
8. Russia discovers 12 World Cup terror attack plots as FSB kills 15 in race to stop Isis
Russia has detained 189 militants – and killed another 15 – in the first three months of this year amid fears the World Cup will be targeted by jihadists.
Half a dozen specific terror plots were thwarted, said Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the FSB security service.
“The activities of 12 secret terrorist cells were halted,” he added.
The 15 were slain in several operations then they resisted arrest.
This week Isis warned that Vladimir Putin “will pay the price for killing Muslims” in a chilling propaganda poster.
9. Greece opens fire on Turkey as military helicopter buzzes island
Soldiers fired tracer rounds towards the helicopter as it approached the island of Ro late on Monday night.
After the shots – described as warning shots - had been fired, the chopper left the area.
The Greek government accused Turkey of a provocative act after the aircraft approached with its navigation lights switched off.
Tensions between Athens and Ankara have been escalating for months.
10. Facebook Bans German Historian for Saying “Islam Is Not Part of German History”
Last month, Facebook censored a German historian who posted a message about Islam's historic impact on Germany. Facebook banned the historian for 30 days, even though 76 percent of Germans agree that Islam does not “belong to Germany.”
Michael Hesemann, a journalist and Vatican historian with an honorary doctorate for his work in uncovering documents from the Armenian Genocide, posted a message that Facebook said did “not correspond to our community standards.”
The offensive message was an accurate — if overstated — historical statement. “Islam always plays only one role in the 1700-year-old history of the Christian Occident: the role of the sword of Damocles which hung above us, the threat of barbarism against which one needed to unite and fight,” Hesemann wrote, according to NRW Direkt. “In this sense, Islam is not part of German history, but the defense against Islam!”
Facebook argued that it would delete any comment that "attacks persons because of their race, ethnicity, national background, religious orientation, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or physical impairment," the Catholic site OnePeterFive reported.
Video description of event can be found HERE.