1. RCMP admits to using tech to track Canadians’ cellphone data
It’s believed to be the first official public acknowledgment by the RCMP that the force uses surreptitious devices to collect such information, known as metadata.
The devices mimic a cellphone tower to interact with nearby phones and read their unique IDs – the International Mobile Subscriber Identity, or IMSI – which can then be used to track the phone and identify the owner.
2. St Petersburg metro attack: "Bomb" found in city raid
An explosive device has been made safe in a flat in St Petersburg by Russian police, three days after a suspected bomber on the city's metro killed 13 people.
A city official said several suspects were held when police raided the flat early on Thursday, Ria Novosti said.
Neighbours were moved away and witnesses said three men were led out in handcuffs, the news agency added.
The main suspect in the metro bombing, Akbarzhon Jalilov, died in the attack.
Aged 22 and from the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, his remains were identified by his parents on Wednesday. A DNA test also confirmed that he was the 14th person killed in the blast.
Below, a video of the parents of the attacker, presumably coming to identify the remains:
3. Italy: Moroccan girl "whipped by parents" for acting too "Western"
MILAN - A Milan children's court on Wednesday temporarily removed a 14-year-old Moroccan girl from her family which had whipped her because she dressed and acted "too Western".
The girl, whose family said they disciplined her because of unacceptable behaviour, was placed in a children's home.
Her mother, father and brother are under investigation for mistreatment. "It's an unfortunately ordinary story, like many we see, where there is a cultural factor, and a conflict between a girl born in Italy who wants to live like her friends and a traditionalist family that tries to impose her upbringing with physical and above all moral violence.”
4. Islamic State slaughters 33 young men in Syria with "sharp tools"
Video at site explains that while the Islamic State is losing ground in Syria and Iraq, it is gaining a foothold in Turkey.
Islamic State killers used “sharp tools” to murder 33 people in Syria on Wednesday before dumping the bodies into a mass grave “filled with blood,” a human rights group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the slaughter was “the largest execution operation carried out by [ISIS] in 2017.”
5. Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying: Die Welt
German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
Die Welt said it received the information in an official government response to a question about the issue filed by Sevim Dagdelen, a German lawmaker with the hard left party Die Linke.
Tensions are running high between the two NATO allies ahead of a referendum in Turkey next month that proposes expanding the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. Berlin infuriated Ankara after cancelling several campaign rallies by Turkish ministers in Germany, drawing accusations from Turkey of "Nazi" tactics.
Germany's Federal Prosecutor's Office (GBA) said last month it had launched a probe into suspected spying by Turkey.
6. Islamic State hackers release "kill list" with 8,786 targets in US, UK
An ISIS-linked group of hackers has released a “kill list” of 8,786 names and addresses in the U.S. and U.K., calling for lone wolf attacks on the targets in a chilling video posted online.
The hackers, known as the United Cyber Caliphate (UCC), orders those watching to: “Kill them wherever you find them.”
In a posting Sunday night on Telegram — a private messaging app — the group first warned that a release of the names was imminent.
About 10 minutes later, the hackers posted the actual list, which includes names of seemingly random inviduals from primarily the U.S. and U.K., according to the terror monitor SITE.
“More than 7,000 of the names were from the U.S.,” a source from the cyber department at SITE told Fox News on Wednesday.
7. Quarter of a million Syrians allowed to bring families to Germany: report
Slightly over a quarter million Syrian refugees have permission to bring their families from the war-torn country to Germany, a report in Bild claims.
The report published on Tuesday is based on a leaked official document looking into the effects of the refugee influx on Germany.
It states that 268,000 Syrian refugees currently have the right to bring their families to Germany.
Asylum seekers who are given full refugee status have the right to bring their families to Germany immediately. The families must not make asylum requests and are not included in official asylum figures, Die Welt reports.
8. Paris police given powers to search Metro passengers' bags after St Petersburg bombing
Police in the French capital have been given new powers to search passengers' bags on the city's Metro and transport system if they have reason to be suspicious. The move has been taken after the bombing in St Petersburg this week.
Paris police boosted security on the city's transport system in the light of Monday's terror attack on the St Petersburg Metro system that left 14 dead and over 40 injured.
Some 140 extra gendarmes military police were deployed on the network, to reassure the capital's commuters.
Another move taken by police chief Michel Cadot was to allow officers to search passengers' bags if they have reason to be suspicious, whether its on Metro or RER lines, or in stations.
9. Paris investigates Arab suspected of pushing Jewish woman to her death
The man became a suspect when it emerged that he had entered his victim’s apartment before she fell. Neighbors also testified that they heard the suspect screaming that he wants to kill her just before the incident.
Once the man had been arrested, the Paris police department transferred him for psychiatric analysis.
10. 9-year-old girls "physically & spiritually" ready to marry – Malaysian MP
Girls as young as nine are “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage, a Malaysian MP says, also claiming there’s “nothing wrong” with females marrying their rapists. It comes after Malaysia failed to criminalize child marriage in a recent law.
BONUS: Swedish No-Go Zone to Adopt "Feminist Urban Planning"
In the heavily migrant-populated Stockholm no-go suburb of Husby, women feel unsafe. The Swedish government has determined to tackle the issue with “feminist urban planning”. […]
The proposed solution, feminist urban planning, would see several measures implemented to try and make women feel safer in the area. One of the proposals is to enhance the brightness and number of street lights, […]
The major proposal made by the group is to move a cafe to a different part of the city centre. According to the planners, the cafe would be moved to an area with less foot traffic and a view of houses making the women feel more comfortable.
Some feminists have left Husby because of Islamic fundamentalism in the area. Former Left Party politician Zeliha Dagli described a “morality police” operated by men who harass women considered to be dressed in an “immodest” manner.