1. Geert Wilders reacts to Dutch government welcoming back two ISIS fighters
2. Violence erupts in Nantes after police kill young man in traffic stop
3. Germany Deports Largest Group Yet Of Failed Afghan Asylum Seekers
Germany has deported 69 Afghan nationals, whose asylum requests were rejected, back to their home country, German and Afghan officials say.
A plane carrying the men from Munich to Kabul, arrived in the Afghan capital early on July 4, Afghan migration officials said.
It was the largest collective deportation since the start of the direct deportation flights from Germany in December 2016.
Germany has vowed to step up the removal of foreigners whose asylum requests have been rejected.
Joachim Herrmann, the state minister of Bavaria, where 51 of the deported men had been living, said that unlimited deportations to Afghanistan had recently been approved by Germany's federal government.
4. Syrian Government Appeals for Refugees to Return, Help Rebuild Country
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday called on refugees to return, saying it has successfully cleared large areas of “terrorists.”
The rare appeal reflects the government’s growing confidence after more than seven years of war. While officials usually appeal to Syrians abroad to return during television appearances and interviews, this is the first formal appeal broadcast on official media.
Syrian government forces, with crucial support from Russia and Iran, recently retook large areas near the capital, Damascus, and are waging a new offensive in the south that U.N. officials say has displaced more than 270,000 people.
5. Terror Suspect Plotted Multiple “Curry Mix” Attacks with Suicide Belt, Bombs
Bangladeshi-born Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, planned a “curry mix” of attacks against landmarks in the UK using a suicide belt, bombs, drones, and poison, a court heard.
Rahman, of Finchley, North London, is on trial for plotting to bomb security gates at 10 Downing Street and behead Prime Minister Theresa May.
According to the prosecution, Rahman was “just days away” from launching his terror attack before he was arrested on November 28th, 2017, following a sting operation.
London’s Old Bailey heard Tuesday that the defendant had told an MI5 spy posing as an Islamic State jihadist details of a wider plot against landmarks across the country which he referred to as 'Curry mix', reports Court News.
6. Austria: Turk Immigrants Who Voted For Erdogan Should Go Home
Populist Austrian Vice Chancellor and leader of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache has said that Turks in Austria who voted for Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should return to Turkey.
Mr Strache made his comments on Facebook over the weekend posting a picture of himself with the caption: “I recommend all the Turks in Austria who voted for Erdoğan should return to Turkey!”
So far the post has 26,000 likes, has been shared more than 6,000 times, and has garnered over a thousand comments, many of which question how so many Turks could vote as Austria has strict rules on acquiring dual citizenship.
7. Marine Le Pen on migration deal: “The EU continues to advance towards the brink!”
8. Rape Gang Ringleader Back Behind Bars After “Disgracefully” Early Release
The leader of a Telford grooming gang which raped and trafficked children is back in prison just months after he was released having served less than five years of a 22-year sentence.
Mubarek Ali was sentenced in 2013 to 14 years’ immediate custody and eight years on licence for offences including controlling child prostitution, causing child prostitution, and trafficking in the UK for the purpose of prostitution, reported the Shropshire Star.
His release in November horrified victims, who said they were “living in fear” after hearing the news, and prompted outcry from Telford MP Lucy Allan and thousands of members of the public, who slammed the inadequacy of Ali’s jail stint as “a disgrace.”
9. Viral video: Teen says he was attacked for wearing “Make American Great Again” hat
SAN ANTONIO — Police are investigating after a teen says he was verbally attacked and assaulted at a Whataburger for wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
In the video, you can see a man throw a drink in 16-year-old Hunter Richard's face before leaving the restaurant with his hat. Hunter said some of his hair was pulled during the assault.
"I support my President and if you don’t let’s have a conversation about it instead of ripping my hat off. I just think a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me," he said.
10. I hope all our American friends had a wonderful Independence Day. Please enjoy this possibly best ever version of the US Anthem: