1. Natural Female Cycler Calls “Unfair” After “Transgender” Man Wins Women’s Cycling Event
A man claiming to be a transgender woman recently won a national bicycling championship in Los Angeles, but now some of the natural-born women he beat for first place are crying foul.
Cyclist Rachel McKinnon, a man who claims to be a transitioned female, won the women’s sprint 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships last weekend. McKinnon is a professor at the College of Charleston and was racing for the Canadian team.
McKinnon, who has been an outspoken activist for transgender rights, celebrated the win on Twitter saying, “First transgender woman world champion…ever.”
Related: Katie Hopkins weighs in on Twitter
For clarity - this was the WOMENS world championships.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) October 14, 2018
I repeat. Women’s.
Congratulations to the brave faces of silver & bronze. The world is gripped by a febrile madness. pic.twitter.com/P6VkaNFeyy
2. Pope Francis and Imam of Al-Azhar meet for the fourth time
3. Egypt: 450 Terrorists Killed in Sinai Operation
The Egyptian military announced on Tuesday that some 450 terrorists have been killed in the ongoing Sinai 2018 operation aimed at eliminating the ISIS group from the peninsula.
The operation was launched in February to rid Sinai of ISIS terrorists.
Since the start of the campaign, 450 extremists were presumed to have been killed “in the north and the center of Sinai by (soldiers) and police,” army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai told AFP.
Forces dismantled more than 1,200 explosive devices and destroyed some 1,900 vehicles and motorcycles since February, he added.
4. Muslim World League Signs Cooperation Agreement with Florence’s Uffizi Museum
The Makkah-based Muslim World League signed on Tuesday a cooperation agreement with the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
The agreement aims at implementing educational and cultural initiatives that promote the Islamic civilization. It will also support efforts to develop education and training, promote intercultural dialogue and introduce Arab and Islamic culture to the Italian public.
The agreement was signed by MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Isa and Dr. Eike Schmidt, Director of the museum.
5. Iraqi Shiite Cleric: As Long as Tel Aviv, NY, DC Live in Peace, We'll Have Ruin at the Hand of Jews
Iraqi Shiite cleric Sheikh Muhammad Al-Lami gave an address in which he said that the Jews were involved in "everything that is happening in the world, especially in the Middle East," including car bombs, "religious and ideological deviations," economic ruin, destruction of infrastructure, and Sunni-Shiite hostilities.
6. “Gravy train is finished”: Italian city denies subsidized school meals to children of migrants
The mayor of the Italian city of Lodi has ordered all migrant families to provide documents on their financial status including property they own in their home countries. Failure to comply could result in the loss of social benefits including transportation, and school lunch subsidies for their children.
7. Salvini wants Italy's “little ethnic shops” to close at 9pm
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has proposed a mandatory 9pm closing time for what he called “little ethnic shops,” which he claimed were a haven for drug dealers.
Italy's late-night corner shops, many of which are run by Bangladeshi, Indian or other immigrants, have become “a meeting place for drug dealers and people who cause trouble,” the interior minister claimed.
His new law and order decree, most of which is aimed at making it easier to deport foreigners who commit crimes or don't have permission to stay, will include a measure that obliges “little ethnic shops” to shut their doors at 9pm, he announced via his Facebook page.
“It's not a move against foreign shops, just to limit abuses,” said Salvini, who is also Italy's deputy prime minister and head of the League party.
8. Denmark to Demolish 1,000 Homes, Clear Out Migrant-Populated Ghetto
The Danish government will demolish around 1,000 houses in the heavily migrant-populated ghetto of Vollsmose and relocate residents to new areas.
The plan was announced by Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen earlier in the year who said he wanted to combat the rise of parallel migrant societies forming in Denmark, Sveriges Radio reports.
The Vollsmose area, which is located in Denmark’s third largest city Odense, is home to around 9,000 people and has long been considered one of the worst ghettos in the country in terms of criminality and lack of integration.
Like many “vulnerable areas,” more commonly referred to as “no-go areas,” in neighbouring Sweden, Vollsmose has also seen a rapid decline in school test scores as well as an unemployment rate much higher than other parts of the country.
9. Officers wasting time investigating wolf whistles under drive to target hate crime, police leader warns
The drive to target hate crime is forcing police officers to spend valuable time investigating wolf-whistles, bad manners and impolite comments, a police leader has warned.
Sergeant Richard Cooke, the recently elected chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, said forces were expected to record and follow up reports of hate crime, even when no criminal offence had taken place.
Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Cooke warns police officers would be dispatched to offer words of advice to people, but this meant they had less time to focus on "genuine crimes" such as burglary and violence.
Mr Cooke said he did not believe this was what the public expected of its police service. While applauding the principle behind protecting those at risk of hurtful abuse, officers have expressed their frustration at being drawn into what they see as social rather than criminal issues.
Mr Cooke, who represents 6,500 rank and file officers in the country's second largest police force, said: "I fear a dangerous precedent could be set, where our scant resources are skewed further and further away from the genuine crisis in public safety taking place on our urban homes and streets.
10. Hungary has revoked funding for gender studies after the government cited concerns about employment opportunities for graduates
Hungary has revoked funding for gender studies after the government cited concerns about employment opportunities for graduates.
Hungary’s government announced in August that it would no longer fund the Master’s programme which is taught at the biggest state-funded Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros.
According to 444.hu, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán signed the decree on Friday, the document reading: “139/2015 is expired. (VI.9.) Government Decree No. 115. Line.”
CEU published a statement on its website Tuesday, claiming there was “strong opposition” to the removal of the programme from the country’s list of accredited postgraduate courses.