1. US freezes military aid to Pakistan
2. ISIS in Afghanistan communicating with British terror cells
3. Iranian women swim to freedom in Toronto play - BBC News
Women in Iran cannot swim in public in the presence of men, or compete internationally.
In Jaber Ramezani's play Swim Team, being staged in Toronto, the characters use their imagination to beat the boundaries. But can dreaming really set them free? Filmed, edited and produced by Sam Farzaneh
4. We need a “German Islam,” says interior ministry
Germany will tighten control over foreign influence of its Muslim community, State Secretary for the Interior Ministry Markus Kerber said Monday, after a week of violent far-right clashes in eastern Germany.
“We have watched foreign forces dictate to German Muslims how to practice their religion for far too long,” Kerber told Tagesspiegel in an interview published Monday. “And because they also have their home here, we will now lend them more support in strengthening their self-confidence.”
“We want to create more discussion formats for German Muslims,” Kerber added. “The minister will also actively encourage German Muslims to conduct a debate on a German Islam.”
According to Kerber, that debate will take place within the so-called Islamkonferenz, which Kerber set up as the interior ministry’s head of policy under Wolfgang Schäuble between 2006-2009 as a “forum for dialogue” on the relationship between Islam and the state.
5. BBC bomb threat: Three explosions as bomb squad scrambled to BBC offices in London
A POLICE bomb disposal team carried out three controlled explosions on a suspicious vehicle outside the BBC's central London offices.
Metropolitan Police officers were called to Duchess Street in Marylebone, W1, close to New Broadcasting House, at around 3:15pm.
Pictures shared on social media showed a bomb disposal robot heading towards an orange transit van outside the BBC offices.
BBC staff reported hearing three loud blasts as the controlled explosions were carried out.
Duchess Street, Portland Place and Hallam Street were closed to the public while officers placed the area on lockdown.
6. “No no-go areas”: UK launches inquiry into “cultural drivers” of child grooming gangs
7. Man who stabbed tourists in Amsterdam names Wilders, cites “insults” to Islam
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s central station last week says he chose his victims at random and was motivated by perceived insults to Islam in the Netherlands, Dutch prosecutors said on Monday.
The man, identified by RTL Nieuws as Jawed S., is a 19-year-old Afghan with residency in Germany, who traveled to Amsterdam to carry out an attack because of what he thought were repeated insults to God, the Koran and Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, prosecutors said in a statement.
The man mentioned the name of lawmaker Geert Wilders, but not the cartoon contest Wilders had planned to hold mocking Mohammad, which the politician cancelled last week due to security concerns.
8. Germany: Majority Believe Country Gone Downhill Since 2015, Has Too Many Migrants
Two-thirds of Germans believe the country has become a worse place to live since Angela Merkel opened its borders and triggered the migrant crisis in 2015, with just 17 percent saying the subsequent changes have been for the better.
Some 66 percent of voters believe the country has gone downhill since the mass migration influx according to a new Enmid poll, conducted by Bild on Sunday in the wake of protests over the murders of Germans by refugees and asylum seekers.
Over four-fifths of respondents told the pollster that the social and political climate has become “significantly” more unpleasant since the Chancellor declared Germany open to the over one million who have settled in the country since, with just 11 percent saying they disagreed with the assessment.
9. “APPALLING!” Human rights groups furious as women publicly CANED for sex act in Malaysia
TWO Malaysian women convicted of attempting lesbian sex in a car were caned in court watched by dozens of people on Monday, media and a state government official said, prompting an outcry from human rights activists.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is routinely persecuted in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where they are seen as a threat to conservative values.
The women, aged 32 and 22, had pleaded guilty last month to attempting lesbian sex, forbidden under Islamic law. They were sentenced to a fine and six lashings of the cane.
The sentence was carried out in front of about 100 people at the Sharia High Court in Terengganu, a conservative state ruled by the Islamist opposition party Pan-Malaysian Islamist Party (PAS), according to a report by English-language daily the New Straits Times.
10. Matteo Salvini lays out conditions that must be met for new Mosque requests