1. Iraqis denounce anti-indecency edict targeting "female mannequins" in Shia holy city
Residents in Iraq's Shia holy city of Karbala have denounced a ban on female mannequins being displayed with anything other than Islamic clothing.
Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and an important figure in Shia Islam, is buried in Karbala.
Posters warning against indecent behaviour have been plastered around the city as part of the application of a 2012 provincial council decision to uphold Karbala's “holy character”, council member Nasser Hussein al-Khozali said.
The signs warn residents against "shockingly displaying women's clothes", as well as "selling indecent films" and airing "music or indecent words in public places".
The posters, signed by an "implementation committee for the decision on Karbala's holy character", warn that sanctions will be taken against offenders.
2. Church terror alert: Worshippers told to be vigilant as UK police warn of Christmas attack
Churches and cathedrals all over Britain have introduced bag searches, check points and crash barriers.
Police have warned those attending festive events, including midnight mass services tonight, to remain extra vigilant following the five terror strikes this year.
Visitors to St Paul’s Cathedral in central London and Canterbury Cathedral in Kent had to pass through increased security yesterday afternoon.
Check points were set up outside both front entrances to St Paul’s, which was manned by guards searching handbags and using airport-style scanners to frisk those attending the Christmas Carol Service.
3. UN Launches App to "Empower" Migrants, Encourage Them to "Migrate Safely"
The International Organization for Migration has launched ‘MigApp’ – a mobile phone app developed to “engage” and “empower” migrants and help them “migrate safely”.
Introduced on Monday to coincide with International Migrants Day by the Geneva-based United Nations Migration Agency, MigApp is sold as a “one-stop-shop” app for migrants and “migrants-to-be” to find “services relevant to their specific migration process”.
The app descriptor boasts it gives information on migrant rights, risks, visa regulations, and intends to further the “IOM’s commitment to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society”, the UN agency hoping that one million migrants will be using the app by the end of 2018.
4. Thirty seven people thought to have died in shopping mall fire in the Philippines
While no information on the fire is given, the Philippines have been at war with Islamic jihadis for over 100 years, and recently in major battles for the city of Marawi.
5. UK: Whites Scared, White-Owned Businesses Stoned in a Racially Divided Bradford: "Heading for Disaster"
Areas of Bradford, England, are No Go Zones for certain ethnic groups and the city is “heading toward disaster,” councillors have warned, citing attacks on a synagogue and white businesses in ‘Asian’ areas.
Bradford Council’s Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee chairman Arshad Hussain slammed ethnic segregation and failed integration, and blamed political correctness for making the situation worse.
Too many people are “scared to speak up in case they caused offence,” he warned, adding there are “many areas of this city” where people were afraid to go depending on their ethnicity — i.e. No Go Zones.
6. “Rohingya being used by jihadis”: Thai intelligence
Thailand’s intelligence services had begun noticing the use of Rohingya refugees by jihadists as early as 2007, claiming they were being used as mercenaries by Islamist insurgents operating in the country’s conflict-torn southern provinces.
Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room and a central hall. But the sparse two-floor house-for-rent wasn’t open for entrepreneurs flocking to the exuberant town of Mae Sot on Thailand’s border with Myanmar: dealers in electronics and used cars, smuggled gems and teak, narcotics, laundered cash and trafficked women.
Its clientele was special: Khalistan terrorists from India and the UK, Lashkar-linked operatives from Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state, Bangladesh jihadists, all arriving for discreet, week-long courses in the art of fabricating improvised explosive devices.
This month, photographs surfaced of Rohingya jihadists from the Harakah al-Yakin posing with newly opened crates of Kalashnikov assault rifles. The discovery has sparked growing concern among intelligence services from Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Thailand that a new arms smuggling route could have opened up, linking the terror group with South-East Asia’s Golden Triangle, heartland of the region’s narcotics trade.
7. France mobilizes 100,000 security personnel for the holidays
France's government is deploying nearly 100,000 police and soldiers for the holiday season as fears of extremist attacks remain high.
The additional security will focus on Christmas markets, shopping centers, religious buildings, public transport and tourist sites.
Citing "the context of a still-elevated terrorist threat," the Interior Ministry said in a statement that 97,000 security force personnel are mobilized for protection Sunday and Monday.
In addition to the Christmas security, the ministry said extra policing was ordered around religious sites during Hanukkah earlier this month, and for Orthodox Christmas in January, 'to allow the celebration of these festivities in good conditions.”
8. Council Forced to Continue Supplying Non-Stun Halal to Christian Schools
A democratic decision to ban the sale of non-stun halal meat in Lancashire schools could be blocked after Muslims threatened a judicial review, forcing its continued supply for the time being.
Lancashire County Council voted to stop using the meat in 27 council-run schools, including Church of England and Roman Catholic faith schools, in October 2017.
Currently, up to 12,000 children across the county are served around 1.2 million meals a year containing the shariah-compliant meat, the Burnley Express reports.
Taking the decision, the council agreed with the vast majority of animal welfare groups in saying it was “cruel” and “inhumane” not to stun animals before slaughter. [...]
Now, the Lancashire Council of Mosques is now seeking a judicial review, claiming the local authority did not hold adequate consultations before the decision, and is threatening to take the council to court if the ban is brought in.
9. Pennsylvania police shootings were "terror attack," DHS says
(CNN) The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a "terror attack."
Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city.
The string of shootings began just steps from the state's Capitol building when El-Mofty fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured at a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney's office.
Below, a video of the initial police report on the killing of the suspect:
10. Hungarian Christmas Message: "We’ll Protect Christian Culture, Not Retreat Behind Concrete Blocks and Watch Our Women Harassed on New Year’s"
Viktor Orbán has used his annual Christmas message to call on Europeans to protect their Christian culture, and vowed Hungary will not “retreat behind concrete blocks” at Christmas and watched its women and daughters “harassed in the New Year’s Eve crowd” like its multicultural neighbours.
“Christianity is culture and civilization. We live in it. It is not about how many people go to church or how many pray honestly. Culture is the reality of everyday life… Christian culture defines our everyday morals,” wrote the Fidesz leader, in an article published in Magyar Idők.