1. German population has grown by two million since 2015 due to immigration
Despite a death rate higher than its birth rate, Germany managed to grow by two million people in two years due to high levels of immigration, statistics released on Tuesday showed.
While no conclusive numbers have been released for net migration last year, the federal statistics agency destatis estimated on Tuesday that it stood at around 450,000 more arrivals than departures from the country.
Immigration outstripped emigration by 1.15 million in 2015, slowing slightly to 500,000 in 2016. That accounted for a rise in the total population by around 2 million inhabitants in a three-year period.
By the end of 2016 the population of Germany stood at 82.5 million people.
Without positive net migration, the German population would have been shrinking for years. Germany has had a death rate higher than its birth rate since the 1980s.
2. Lord Pearson: “Can we talk about Islam without being accused of hate crimes?”
Lord Pearson responds to what he calls a “shamefully inadequate” answer to a question he put to the House of Lords about Islam’s role in child sex slavery.
3. Malaysian among militants who can succeed IS regional chief
Two militants, one Filipino and the other Malaysian, who survived the crushing of a siege of a southern Philippine city last year are among the leading candidates to succeed a slain Islamic State group regional leader as the rebels attempt to recover from setbacks, a top security official said Tuesday.
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Filipino Humam Abdul Najid and Malaysian Amin Baco are among several Muslim militant commanders in the south who could succeed Isnilon Hapilon, who led the devastating siege of Marawi city.
Troops killed Hapilon in a final battle in which they ended the five-month siege.
The military declared that Baco was killed, but Esperon said his body has not been found and reports indicate he is still alive and hiding somewhere in the south.
4. Double murder in Hallonbergen: Woman got her throat cut, "They sat and laughed"
Excerpt of English translation:
STOCKHOLM — The mother of the family had her neck slashed. The carotid arteries on both sides of her neck had been severed. When the police arrived at the scene, one of the perpetrators was sitting astride the father stabbing him. Information reveals that one of those murdered was supposed to testify as witness to another murder, but now they have been murdered themselves. “They sat laughing when they came to the police station,” says a source in the police to News Today. [...]
According to sources in Aftonbladet, the perpetrators are good friends of two people who have been imprisoned for a murder — where the murdered father apparently was a witness. The four perpetrators that the police arrested have associations with the Northern Stockholm area.
“All of them have foreign-sounding names. I know that one is African. I think the rest have a background in the Middle East or North Africa,” said the source.
5. Judge: Acid Attacks a “Growing Problem” in Sadiq Khan’s London
Sentencing a teenager for a spree of acid attacks in London that left victims with “life-changing injuries”, a judge has warned the violent use of corrosive liquids is a “serious and growing problem” in the UK capital.
At Wood Green Crown Court, Derryck John was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for hurling acid at six moped riders in a bid to steal their vehicles within the space of fewer than 90 minutes on July 13th last year.
“These were grave crimes. You attacked members of the public with what appears to have been an acid at the strongest end of the scale of acids,” Noel Lucas QC told the 17-year-old, who appeared in court via video link.
6. “Hezbollah Is a Threat to Florida and Entire US”
[...] experts gathered in Florida told a Congressional field hearing that Hezbollah has infiltrated large areas in South America, is working with drug cartels and poses a major threat to Florida and the U.S. in general.
“This hearing is about highlighting the importance of a stable Western Hemisphere and countering threats in our neighborhood,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) told the hearing in Pensacola.
Those addressing the gathering included narcotics and terror experts and representatives from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“There is an exchange of tactics and procedures with narco terrorists,” said former U.S. special forces officer Joseph Callahan. He said Hezbollah works closely with the Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels.
Last year Clarion reported that two terrorists belonging to Hezbollah were arrested for planning attacks in the U.S., with one scouting potential targets in New York including JFK International Airport.
7. Fired Muslim Volkswagon employee sues and wins for unjust dismissal
VIDEO: The Muslim employee was fired due to fear he would launch a terror attack on Volkswagen, a fear the company claims is still justified. They plan to appeal the decision.
8. GLOBAL JIHAD What remains of ISIS’s global terror network? Map reveals fanatics still have strongholds in “safe havens” all over the planet
SINCE declaring its self-styled caliphate in June 2014, ISIS has conducted or inspired hundreds of terror attacks around the world.
At the height of its powers it was feared the terror group had more than 80,000 jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria alone.
And although it is now on the run in the middle east, security experts insist the group is still a major threat to global security.
With martyrdom a key factor of ISIS ideology many members still expect to die for the cause - and not just on the battlefield.
This is why so many have gone underground and formed "sleeper cells" in their countries of origin or other safe havens.
Now they lie in wait ready to stage attacks on locations around the world.
9. USA: Police: Religious beliefs caused teen to stab multiple people
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Palm Beach Gardens police have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal stabbing in Ballenisles.
Corey Johnson, 17, faces charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder. […]
Johnson told police he bought a knife on Sunday and brought it to the home. He said around 4 a.m. Monday, when he realized everyone was asleep, he made the decision to kill Brand, Simon, and her son Dane Bancroft, 13. […]
Police said Johnson told detectives he committed the crime because of his religious beliefs.
Shannon said Johnson recently converted to Islam and had been watching violent videos.
10. Turkey: Relations with US “close to breaking point”
(ANSAmed) - MOSCOW, MARCH 13 - Relations between Turkey and the US are “close to breaking point”, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reportedly said on Tuesday during a lesson at the Institute for International Relations in Moscow. Interfax agency also cited Cavusoglu as saying the US have “recently supplied weapons to Syrian Kurds”.