1. GERMANY: Police Arrest Man For Killing Baby, Ex-Wife
A man from Niger stabbed to death his German ex-wife and their one-year-old daughter in a brutal attack in a busy train station Thursday, police said.
The bloody knife killings took place mid-morning in the busiest subway station of Hamburg, Germany’s second-biggest city.
“The crime was very, very terrible in its execution, very targeted and very, very extreme,” said police spokesman Timo Zill.
“We currently assume it was a crime of passion.”
The 33-year-old suspect initially ran off but then phoned the police, who arrested him inside the Jungfernstieg underground station.
Police said the child died immediately in the attack around 0850 GMT and the 34-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital.
Police and firefighters responded in large numbers, and trauma counselling was offered to witnesses and emergency responders.
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
2. Convicted sex attacker who groomed and abducted 12-year-old girl to be repeatedly gang-raped by “pack of ravenous wolves” is jailed for 23 years
A convicted sex attacker, who groomed and abducted a 12-year-old girl to be repeatedly gang-raped, has been jailed for 23 years.
Ibrahim Hussain, 35, from Bradford, raped the youngster three times over a three day period before taking her to a house where she was attacked by the five unknown men.
Judge David Hatton QC told the court she was raped by “what can only be described as essentially a pack of ravenous wolves”.
The judge concluded that Hussain had arranged for the girl to go to Leeds for money and he had also made threats to her to get her to comply.
He said the effect of Hussain's “use and control over the girl” had been immense.
3. Germany extends checks at Austrian border, cites deficits in EU controls
BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government on Thursday said it would continue border controls at its border with Austria for six more months to ensure Germany’s security and deal with ongoing migrant flows.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he valued Europe’s Schengen zone of free travel as one of Europe’s greatest achievements, but he had no choice but to extend the checks at the Austrian border for now.
“Deficits in protection of the EU external borders and the scale of the illegal, secondary migration at the moment allow no other conclusion than that domestic border controls at the German-Austrian border remain necessary,” Seehofer said in a statement released by the ministry.
Germany and other Schengen countries introduced emergency border controls in 2015 after more than 1 million refugees and migrants flooded into Europe. Seehofer has been a frequent critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open the door to the migrants.
4. IS wife: “I want to stay in Syria” - BBC News
Excerpt of upcoming documentary on women who lived in the Islamic State:
5. UNREAL: Palestinians Who Burned Tires So Israel Could Not See Terrorist Infiltrators Demand Israel Give Them More Tires
Only two days after Palestinians burned thousands of tires on the Israeli border with Gaza in order to create smoke that would hide Palestinian terrorists from Israel Defense Force troops, a spokesman for the Palestinian Transport Ministry complained of the ensuing shortage of tires, demanding that Israel supply more.
Last Friday, Gazans burned 10,000 tires to obscure the vision of the security fence separating Israel from Gaza so that Israeli troops could not not see infiltrators into the land.
Then, on Sunday, speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Muhammad Hamdan, a spokesman for the PA Transportation Ministry, made this incredible statement:
“We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice. There is no doubt stopping tire imports will have a negative effect on Palestinians in Gaza especially considering there is a shortage of them there. We are going to exert all efforts so that Israel reverses its decision.”
6. Global Islam Body Demands Europe Ban Religious Hate Speech
Europe must increase its efforts to integrate Muslims and eradicate religious hate speech, Muslim World League (MWL) chief Mohammed al-Issa has declared.
“We believe that European countries, where there is much debate now, and other countries around the world … need to enhance national assimilation programmes and criminalise hatred and contempt for adherents of religions because this threatens the safety of the community,” he told Reuters in an interview.
Without giving specific details, the wealthy Saudi figure told the international news agency that the MWL “has programmes and curricula that enhance national assimilation and which can courageously and forcefully confront all forms of extremism, as well as special programmes to thwart efforts to infiltrate the Muslim community”.
Widely regarded a promoter of the Kingdom’s fundamentalist Wahhabi ideology which critics allege is the basis for jihadi violence across the globe, the MWL is very active in nations of Europe which have a large number of Muslim residents, such as Britain and France.
7. Saudi Arabia hosts its first ever women's cycle race
Female riders have taken part in Saudi Arabia's first women's cycling race, surprising many people in the conservative nation and across social media.
Saudi women cyclists were able to compete in a race held in the city of Jeddah on Tuesday.
Forty-seven women competed in the 10-kilometre race, which was organised by Be Active, a group bringing together women cyclists and local authorities.
In a statement to local media, race organiser Nadima Abu al-Enein said she was surprised by the number of cyclists in attendance.
“The large participant turnout prompted the organizing committee to increase the allowed number of participants from 30 to 47 girls,” she said. “However, the committee was still forced to exclude numerous others who hoped to participate.”
8. Indonesia's Aceh to take caning indoors after backlash
Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will no longer allow canings for violations of Shariah law to be carried out in public, its governor said Thursday, apparently in response to international condemnation of the caning last year of two men for gay sex.
A memorandum of understanding signed by Aceh Gov. Irwandi Yusuf and Yuspahruddin, head of the provincial Law and Human Rights office, stipulates that caning can only take place inside prisons or other places of detention.
It says adults can still witness the punishment but recording won't be allowed. The numbers of people will be much smaller than the hundreds who regularly cheered the outdoor proceedings.
VICE VIDEO: Crowds Cheer As Gay Men Are Caned in Indonesia (HBO)
9. Greece fighter jet CRASHES in dogfight with Turkey plane just day after Greeks open fire
The Mirage 2000-5 plunged into the eastern Aegean Sea today near the island of Skyros.
It was thought to have been returning to base after intercepting Turkish fighter jets.
Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos later announced the pilot was dead.
He said: “A Greek pilot is in the pantheon of heroes.
“He fell for faith and homeland fighting to defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity. Sincere condolences to his family.”
10. EU TERROR WARNING: Jihadis using potential EU member to slip into Europe undetected
TERRORISTS are gaining access to Europe by using “real false Turkish passports” to pose as visiting tourists on the Continent, according to a shock warning to the European Parliament’s terrorism committee.
Terrorism expert Jean-Charles Brisard said would-be jihadis “use these passport to enter under the pretence of tourism”, using Bulgaria and Hungary as possible routes into Europe.
The expert told MEPs: “What’s evolved is the practices of the terrorists, themselves.
“They’ve found methods to get around systematic controls of migration flows. So, they’ve changed their access route.
“There are individuals or terrorist groups that in Turkey can access real false Turkish passports and use these passports to enter Europe on the pretence of tourism – through Bulgaria, often Hungary”.