1. Thousands of violent incidents reported at N.S. schools: documents
Nova Scotia educators have reported thousands of incidents of physical violence in schools over the past 18 months, according to documents obtained by CTV News.
The unions representing teachers say biting, spitting, punching and kicking are everyday occurrences for teachers, educational assistants and clerical staff in Nova Scotia schools.
“I've heard of teachers and EPAs that have had to wear Kevlar, absolutely,” said teachers union president Liette Doucet.
The documents obtained by CTV News reveal there have been over 2,300 incidents of physical violence over the past 18 months.
Here are the numbers broken down by school board:
• Tri-County Regional School Board: 135
• Straight Regional School Board: 164
• Annapolis Valley Regional School Board: 164
• Cape Breton-Victoria School Board: 142
• Chignecto Central Regional School Board: 444
• French School Board: 75
• Halifax Regional School Board: 1,150
• South Shore Regional School Board: 95
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3. Germany: Islamist supermarket killer gets life in prison
Hamburg Higher Regional Court sentenced 26-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Alhaw to life in prison on Thursday on charges of carrying out a deadly knife attack in an Edeka supermarket.
Last month, the defendant was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder as well as grievous bodily harm, to which he pleaded guilty.
Alhaw’s motives are not yet clear to the investigators. According to Hamburg's Interior Senator Andy Grote, Islamist motives and “mental liability” might have been at play. During the investigation, no evidence of accomplices or association with the self-proclaimed Islamic State was found.
Last July, the suspect took a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) knife from the supermarket's shelves before carrying out the attack. The stab wounds claimed the life of a 50-year-old German man dead and left five others injured.
4. France: Marine Le Pen charged over Islamic State group tweets
YAHOO News version of events:
PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors filed preliminary charges Thursday against Marine Le Pen for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence.
The prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said the charges were issued for “distribution of violent images.” If the case eventually reaches trial and she's convicted, Le Pen could face up to three years in prison and a 75,000-euro ($90,000) fine.
Le Pen's December 2015 tweets showed executions by IS extremists, including the killing of American reporter James Foley. She posted them in the wake of the November 2015 IS attacks on Paris, accusing the government of not doing enough to protect France.
Le Pen told BFM television Thursday “it's clearly aimed at silencing me. Yet I will not be silenced”. Le Pen said she would consider a potential conviction as a “medal of patriotism and defense of the French people.”
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6. “You have to call it by name”: Merkel publicly admits “no-go areas” in Germany
“No-go areas” do exist in Germany, Angela Merkel admitted in an interview, adding that the arrival of “so many refugees” in the country “has raised multiple questions.”
Speaking with RTL, Merkel acknowledged that there are areas in Germany where people cannot feel safe. She also made it clear that it’s time for the authorities to do something in order to ensure public safety.
“It's always a point to me that [ensuring] domestic security is the state's obligation, the state has the monopoly of power, the state has to make sure that people have the right to it whenever they meet and move in a public space,” Merkel argued.
She then took aim at “no-go areas,” which gained notoriety all across Europe during the refugee influx that reached its peak in 2015. Merkel bluntly dismissed the claim that “no-go areas” are non-existent in Germany, stressing instead that “there are such spaces, and you have to call that by name and you have to do something about it.”
7. Beheaded doll at Amsterdam mosque: Arrest made in Hoofddorp
The police arrested a 35-year-old man from Hoofddorp on Wednesday in connection with a bloody, decapitated doll left at Emir Sultan Mosque in Amsterdam Noord in January.
Passersby found the doll in front of the mosque early on Thursday, January 18th and reported it to the police. The police immediately launched an investigation, which led them to the Hoofddorp man. “The suspect is known to be driven by ideological motives”, the police said. He has no previous violent crime incidents on his record, the police added.
The incident with the doll prompted interim Amsterdam mayor Jozias van Aartsen to raise concerns about minorities increasingly being targeted in Amsterdam. He met with members of the Muslim community after the doll was found. “I can imagine the fear very well. They experience this as an attack. It was seen by mothers and especially children from the school in front of the mosque. It had a huge impact on their lives, it hit them emotionally. A mosque should be a safe home”, the mayor said in a city council debate on the incident.
8. “Bury the Filthy Disbeliever”: UK Islamic Radio Fined for Hate Speech
A Muslim radio station that broadcast a chant glorifying their “warlike” prophet Muhammad, and encouraged the beheading of “lowlifes” and murder of “filthy” non-Muslims, has been fined £2,000 by the regulator for “hate speech”.
Radio Dawn is transmitted in foreign languages in the Nottingham area and broadcast the offending “Nasheed” – an Islamic chant set to music – in December 2016.
The station is run by the Karimia Institute, which was founded by Musharraf Hussain who was awarded an OBE in 2009 for “services to community relations”.
However, Ofcom investigators found the station had insulted non-Muslims and suggested that violently attacking them would bring glory to Islam, breaching the station’s community radio licence.
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10. Leeds, UK: Two men jailed over terrifying mother and baby car-jacking
TWO thugs have been jailed after carjacking a mother at knifepoint while her 13-month-old son was still inside. Zahid Mahmood, 20, and Usman Mahboob, 18, jumped inside the woman’s Ford Focus as she was about to strap her son in his baby seat.
Armed with a knife, they ordered her to get out but she refused to leave without her young child.
The woman, who was not named in court, was allowed to grab her son and the men drove off.
Leeds Crown Court heard the woman had since been diagnosed as suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and is still receiving counselling.
In a victim impact statement, the woman described the robbery as “a perfect storm of awfulness.”