1. European Supermarket Erased Crosses From Greek Yogurt Packaging
German supermarket giant Lidl has been caught doctoring pictures of the iconic Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, which appear on some of its products, to erase the crosses which adorn the building.
Images of the world-renowned church were used for the packaging of its Eridanous brand Greek-style yoghurt — an in-house label which also includes a range of feta cheese, moussaka, and pistachio products, according to RTL Info.
2. Illegal migrant “jungle” forming in Brussels
3. Experts: Homegrown ISIS extremists “MORE of a threat to UK than returning jihadis”
More than 800 Britons have reportedly travelled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS but the actual number of those trying to return to the UK is significantly less than initially feared, with the number currently around 350.
Homegrown extremists who have been directly encouraged or instructed to carry out attacks by ISIS; however, has reportedly reached alarming levels.
One source told Sky News: "The threat picture has diversified enormously in recent months and is likely to remain severe for the foreseeable future.
‘Part of the problem is that propaganda had democratised the threat so that self-starters and lone actors can view material that is pumped out encouraging them to get out with knives or vehicles to launch these low-tech attacks.’”
4. Hungarian PM Orban to ask EU to help cover border protection costs
Prime Minister Viktor Orban will ask the EU to finance half the cost of Hungary’s border defense measures to keep out migrants, an aide said on Thursday, days before a court ruling on Hungary’s rejection of the bloc’s migrant quotas.
Migration policy has been the focus of deep division within the 28-member bloc, with hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving in Europe, largely from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa.
Orban’s chief of staff, Janos Lazar, said Orban would write to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday, asking the European Commission to contribute about 400 million euros.
Below, Orban explains how European leaders caused this crisis and how Hungary is launching new border patrols to combat it:
5. Wife of Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes shares horrific flogging footage
The wife of a Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for 'insulting Islam' has said crowds were 'cheering like they were at a beach party' as he was publicly flogged.
Raif Badawi, 33, was sentenced to ten years in prison and corporal punishment in 2014, and the first 50 of his lashes - which his wife says nearly killed him - was filmed.
She is now petitioning for the newly-instated Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to pardon her husband, urging Saudi-ally UK and Prime Minister Theresa May to put pressure on the Arab state.
Below, an Amnesty International demonstration in front of the Saudi embassy in Ottawa, highlighting the treatment of this Saudi blogger; his wife, who now lives in Quebec, attended:
Cheering crowds, recorded January, 2015:
6. Justice Department Forces Christian Pastor to Testify on Islam Views
The United State Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to force a Christian pastor in Virginia to disclose under oath his views on Islam.
Pastor Steve Harrelson of the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Boston, Virginia, has been served with a wide-ranging subpoena by lawyers for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. The subpoena demands his presence to testify under oath in response to questions from Justice Department lawyers about his views on Islam as well as several other issues:
Harrelson is not a party to any lawsuit or other action brought by the Justice Department. He is a private citizen. The Justice Department subpoena also demands that the pastor bring any papers or documents that he has to his deposition with government lawyers that relate to or mention Islam and turn them over to the government.
7. Boko Haram destroyed 75 per cent water, sanitation infrastructure in Northeast: UNICEF
“UNICEF said on Wednesday that Boko Haram terrorists have destroyed 75 per cent of the water infrastructure in the Northeast Nigeria. Mr Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, who stated this at the beginning of the World Water Week, said 3.6 million people lacked water in northeast. […]
‘“When children have no safe water to drink, and when health systems are left in ruins, malnutrition and potentially fatal diseases like cholera will inevitably follow.’”
8. Syrian Migrants Arrested After Stealing Car… To Drive to Asylum Application Police Station
A pair of Syrian asylum seekers were arrested during their asylum application in Austria after the man whose car they had stolen turned up to the same police station at the same time as them to report the crime.
The Syrians are said to have stolen the parked car in the western Austrian town of Bregenz on Saturday afternoon. The crime occurred at around 1:30 pm according to police, who identified the two men later from video footage taken near the scene, Kronen Zeitung reports.
9. UK Public Broadcaster deletes video about “progressive” Muslim women after main guest turns out to be hate preacher
Yesterday, Tommy Robinson did a report for The Rebel revealing that Channel4 could not seem to find even a half dozen Muslims to represent moderate Islam:
10. Man shouts “Allahu Akhbar” at police: “We will kill you all”
A 22-year-old Gambian migrant was arrested Wednesday for shouting A"llahu Akhbar" (God is Great) at police and hailing the Barcelona van attack near Padua's famed Scrovegni Chapel.
"We will kill you all," said the migrant, who is under investigation for instigation to terrorism.
The chapel houses famous frescoes by Giotto.