1. Four UK men convicted of plotting attack on soldiers, police
Three British men who dubbed themselves the "Three Musketeers" were convicted Wednesday of plotting a bomb attack on troops or police inspired by Islamic extremism.
Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court found 29-year-old Naweed Ali, 25-year-old Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman, 33, guilty of preparing terrorist acts, after a trial that was partly held in secret for national security reasons.
A fourth defendant, Tahir Aziz, was convicted of the same charge. Prosecutors say the 38-year-old was brought into the plot in its later stages.
Ali, Hussain and Rahman met while serving prison terms for terrorism offenses, prosecutors said. They later set up a group on a messaging app called the ‘Three Musketeers.’
2. Italy: German NGO migrant rescue ship blocked after refusing to sign agreement
From the RT Youtube page:
A ship chartered by German NGO Jugend Rettet was blocked overnight during the night into Wednesday, in Lampedusa, by the coastguard as part of a "routine check," amidst a new NGO protocol in Italy.
The ship, Luventa, was held overnight in the port of Lampedusa. The crew's documents were checked before the ship is able to set sail again on Wednesday, in what Lampedusa's port authority chief Paolo Monaco described as a "routine check."
Italy's new code of conduct for NGOs that run migrant rescue missions in the Mediterranean was signed by just three of the nine organisations on Monday. Some of the aid groups have criticised the new rules as making it more difficult for them to save lives. Jugend Rettet was among the organisations who refused to sign the protocol.
Related video about the Italian government’s attempts to stop NGOs from people smuggling to Europe:
3. Philippine president to ask Congress for 20,000 new troops to fight extremists
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress for funds to recruit 20,000 new soldiers to battle rising threats from pro-Islamic State militants in the country's restive south, senators said on Wednesday.
Duterte called an urgent meeting with a group of senators on Tuesday night, sharing with them the latest intelligence reports on plans by Muslim extremists to attack three cities on the southern island of Mindanao.
"He wanted to relay to us that he needs 20,000 more soldiers for the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines," said Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto.
4. Older Austrian women take sexual advantage of male migrants, often for money
5. Muslim Who Had Trial Delayed for Ramadan Found Guilty of Disseminating Terrorist Propaganda
The Islamist whose trial was put on hold so he could fast during Ramadan has been found guilty of terrorism offences for sharing Islamist propaganda online.
Taha Hussain was found guilty of seven terror charges for disseminating Islamist propaganda images (above) and other files on WhatsApp, Youtube, and the favoured encrypted messaging service of Islamic State sympathizers Telegram.
6. Arrest in 2003 case of grooming victim believed ground up and sold as kebab meat
Police in Blackpool say they have arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with the 14-year-old murder case of reported child grooming gang victim Charlene Downes whose body was believed to have been chopped up and put into kebab meat.
Charlene Downes, 14 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in Blackpool in 2003 and is believed to have been not only murdered but that her killers disposed of her body by putting it into kebab meat at a local seaside kebab shop.
Police have said they believe Charlene may have been linked to grooming gangs in Blackpool and say that they discovered at least 60 underage girls had been sexually groomed at “honey pot” takeaways in the city. The Daily Telegraph reported in 2011 that these children had been targeted with food, drugs, and alcohol in return for sex in the city.
7. Muslims scuffle with police in front of the German embassy in Greece
8. Book Ban: Muslim News Site Demands Amazon Withdraw Kassam’s No Go Zones
A Muslim news website has demanded that online retailer Amazon remove Breitbart London editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam’s forthcoming book ‘No Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You’ from its virtual bookshelves, branding it “Islamophobic hate”.
The Muslim Vibe targeted Kassam’s book alongside a self-published work by Rebel Media contributor Tommy Robinson. The site, which has links to the Council on American Islamic Relations, branded the as-yet-unreleased work a “fear mongering book… which claims Muslims are a growing serious cultural and political threat who want to impose ‘Sharia Law’ in Western countries”
9. Fliers in Los Angeles announcing Hezbollah-like group has Iranian Jews on edge
Members of the local Iranian-American community are concerned after the recent distribution of Farsi-language fliers in Westwood’s Persian Square district announcing the inception of a group calling itself the “Army of Hezbollah in America.”
The flier presents itself as “a forceful warning by ‘Hezbollah in America,’ regarding the evil military and terroristic presence of the United States in the Persian Gulf” and cautions that it will “respond to any acts in the Persian Gulf on American soil.”
News of the flier first was released by the Los Angeles-based, Farsi-language IranShahr newspaper, whose Iranian-Jewish owner, Bijan Khalili, said he discovered multiple fliers left outside the offices of his bookstore and publishing company, Ketab Corp., on July 26.
The fliers arrived 10 days after the paper received an anonymous phone call threatening to kidnap its non-Jewish editor-in-chief, Mehdi Aghazamani, according to Khalili.
Khalili said he and other Iranian Americans reported the flier to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), which informed him it turned over information to the FBI for investigation. Khalili said he also turned over security camera footage to police showing the person who had left the fliers in the early morning.
10. “Moderate” Malaysia bans book about Islamic “voices of moderation”
Malaysia has long outlawed books deemed “deviant” from mainstream Sunni Islam, but a ban on a book of essays by public intellectuals on Islam’s role in its constitutional democracy has drawn wide criticism for pandering to Islamists.
The book, Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation – Islam In A Constitutional Democracy, was produced by a group of prominent Muslims who in 2014 dubbed themselves the Group of 25, or G25.
The ban comes at a time when questions are raised over the reach of Malaysia’s Islamic authorities and its impact on government bureaucracy, and whether the voices of moderate Muslims are being cast aside and replaced by those with deeply conservative views.
Malaysia, along with Indonesia, were given as examples by a Muslim debating Tucker Carlson as proof that Islam is combatible with the West and all who disagree simply do not understand it: