1. NYC bomber targeted area that had Christmas themed posters
He chose the location because of its Christmas-themed posters, recalling strikes in Europe against Christmas markets, he told investigators, and set off his bomb in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and elsewhere, several law enforcement officials said.
But his makeshift weapon sputtered. The attacker himself was the only one seriously injured.
A suspect, identified by the police as Akayed Ullah, 27, an immigrant from Bangladesh who lived in Brooklyn, was in police custody. He suffered burns to his hands and abdomen, and was at Bellevue Hospital Center, according to Daniel A. Nigro, the commissioner of the New York Fire Department. Three other people had minor injuries, he said.
2. Merkel bills families of victims after Christmas market truck-attack
Instead, almost a year after the Berlin Christmas market terror attack, relatives of the 12 Germans killed in the attack have received bills for identifying the dead bodies and threats to call the debt collectors in.
They received limited compensation and not an official word, or letter of condolence, from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel failed them, say the grieving relatives of the 12, who have vented their anger in a withering letter accusing the Chancellor of “political inaction” and of failing to reach out to the bereaved.
'Almost a year after the attack, we note that you have not shared your condolences with us either in person or in writing. In our opinion, this means that you are not doing justice to your office,' read the letter, published by weekly magazine Der Spiegel on Friday.
Meanwhile, here is Frau Merkel, a week after someone let off a firecracker near a mosque, meeting with the imam and other members of the Muslim community.
3. Suspected East London Grooming Gang "Targeted Girls as Young as Thirteen"
London police believe they have uncovered a new child sex grooming gang in East London, possibly linked to drug dealing and trafficking in the area.
The gang allegedly targeted girls 'as young as 13' and operated around a McDonalds and Stratford shopping centre in Newham, with teenagers “coerced” into sexual activity, according to a police statement.
The ethnic and religious makeup of the gang and their victims is not known at this time.
So far, six arrests have been made on the 17th and 25th of November, and police are appealing to the public, as they believe there could be many more victims yet to come forward.
4. Greek island blocks ship carrying "container homes" for migrants
Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos say they have blocked a ship carrying container homes for refugees and other migrants in protest at the refusal of the government and the European Union to move more people to Greece's mainland.
A government-chartered ship carrying the containers remained anchored at the island's main town Monday after municipal vehicles were used to block port facilities.
The island's municipal board was due to meet later Monday to decide on whether to lift the blockade following talks with the government, state-run TV said.
5. New Times Square Threat: ISIS Backers "Recognize Explosives as the Capital" of U.S.
ISIS supporters online linked today's Port Authority Bus Terminal explosion in New York to last week's administration recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a new propaganda poster.
The poster also revives ISIS backers' holiday threats against Times Square, showing a hand holding an explosive device photoshopped over an image of the busy Broadway block.
"The recognition of your dog 'Trump' Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country," the message on the poster said.
ISIS supporters also cheered news of the attack on their Telegram channels.
6. CAIR disappointed by authorities' behaviour after failed NYC suicide bombing
7. Quilliam partially blames "British society" for failing to properly integrate Muslim child-rape gangs
The failure of certain parts of the Asian community to integrate into British society has led to gangs of British Pakistani Muslim men targeting white women with drink and drugs before raping and sexually abusing them, an anti-extremism think tank claims.
The report by Quilliam calls for greater support to help integrate British Pakistani people into modern British society.
It says that the gangs of mainly British-Pakistani men 'have been influenced by the cultural conditions of their home country and a wider failure of British society to integrate these men into their adoptive culture'.
Researchers, who analysed 264 convictions of grooming gang members since 2005, had initially expected to find Asians [Muslims] had been unfairly singled out.
However, they discovered that 222 of those convicted, or 84 per cent, were men of Asian origin. Only 22 were black and 18 were white with two offenders not having an identified ethnicity. The findings are in stark contrast to the fact Asians make up only seven per cent of the UK population, the report said.'
Report on “Asian” grooming gangs here.
8. Asylum Seeker Who Escaped Psychiatric Hospital Committed Over 50 Crimes in 14 Months
Authorities in Germany have released new information regarding a dangerous asylum seeker who fled a psychiatric hospital in October, saying he committed more than 50 crimes over a period of only 14 months and is still on the loose.
27-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker Hicham B. is said to have attempted to claim asylum in several different countries including Finland, France, and Denmark under false identities. When his lies were discovered he would simply move to another country and repeat the process, German public broadcaster Südwestrundfunk reports.
Eventually, after committing over 50 crimes including sexual assaults, violence, and even attacking police officers, and threatening other asylum seekers with a knife, Hicham B. was arrested and placed in a detention centre in Ingelheim.
9. Houston teen charged with trying to help ISIS had big plans: Authorities
A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Dec. 8 following an undercover FBI operation. A statement says Damlarkaya said he intended to travel overseas and fight for ISIS and said he tried to get to Syria twice. He told agents he would commit a U.S. attack if efforts to travel overseas failed.
It also says Damlarkaya provided to alleged ISIS supporters a formula for explosive Triacetone Triperoxide and instructions how to use it in a pressure cooker device containing shrapnel.
According to the criminal complaint, Damlarkaya also gave instructions on how to build an AK-47 or AR-15 assault rifle from readily available parts to avoid detection from officials, reports CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV.
10. NY Congressmen Peter King (R): “We need surveillance of Muslim communities"