1. University in Dammam draws fire for making a mockery of research
DAMMAM — A research conducted at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Dammam has drawn a barrage of criticisms and ridicule for claiming that the sound waves produced while uttering “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) have the power to extinguish fire. [...]
Dr. Hani Al-Sayed, one of the lead researchers of the project, insisted that the hypothesis was successfully tested in the US two years ago. However, he did not announce it at the time for fear of drawing ridicule from the public, he said, adding that his findings were patented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and would be registered soon.
2. Egyptian knifeman killed outside Iran ambassador's Vienna home
A 26-year-old Austrian was shot dead outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna after a knife attack on a soldier guarding the building, police said on Monday.
The assailant, who police said was of Egyptian origin, “died on the spot” after the soldier opened fire, police spokesman Harald Soeros told AFP, saying the attack occurred just before midnight (2300 GMT).
Police were searching the assailant's home to try and understand what was behind the attack, with Soeros saying they had “not ruled out, nor confirmed” any terrorist motivation.
The incident took place in a residential neighbourhood when the soldier was on duty at a security booth.
During the attack, the two men wrestled on the ground and the attacker stabbed the soldier “countless times,” Soeros told AFP, saying his life was saved by the security vest he was wearing.
3. Whistleblowers who raised fears over one of Britain's worst child abuse scandals that affected nearly 1,000 victims were forced out or ignored
A pair of whistleblowers who raised fears over the Telford child sex abuse scandal which affected up to 1,000 girls were both punished and silenced, it emerged today.
The brutal sex gang targeted the innocent girls over a 40-year period in what may be Britain's “worst ever” child abuse scandal. [...]
Three of them were murdered and two others died following incidents linked to the sickening scandal.
And it has now been revealed that two whistleblowers who wanted to raise their concerns about the crimes were hushed and one woman even lost her job.
4. Brittany Pettibone: The Full Story: Why We Were Banned From The U.K.
5. Houston Imam Raed Saleh Al Rousan: Muslims Will Kill Jews On Judgment Day
From the MEMRI Youtube page:
In his Friday, December 8, 2017 sermon titled “Our Duties Towards Al-Quds [Jerusalem]” at the Tajweed Institute's Houston, Texas branch, the institute's imam and founder Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan focused on U.S. President Trump's December 6 Jerusalem declaration, said, speaking in a combination of Arabic and English, that the Jews “killed the Prophets and the Messengers of Allah” and went on to cite the widely quoted Hadith stating that on Judgment Day, the Muslims will kill the Jews:
“My brothers, the Prophet Muhammad brought the good tidings, when he said: 'Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews. The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, [which] will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him... This is the promise of Allah.' He added: “The hour [i.e. Judgment Day] will not start until Muslims fight the Jews there, in Palestine.” He also said that since “Britain brought Jewish [people] from different countries to live in Palestine... do not tell me that Palestine is the country of the Jewish [people].”
The Tajweed Institute was founded in Florida by Sheikh Al-Rousan in 2013, and the Houston branch was opened in mid-2017. The video of the sermon was posted by the Tajweed Institute on its Facebook and YouTube accounts.
6. Greek police arrest 2 Pakistani teens on robbery charges
ATHENS, Greece — Greek police say they have arrested two Pakistani teenagers on suspicion of robbing tourists and passers-by at knifepoint near Greece’s top tourist attraction, the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens.
[...] The two were charged with participating in a criminal organization, robbery and violating weapons laws. They had allegedly been robbing people in the area of mobile phones, jewelry and cash over the past three months. Police said the investigation into the two had resulted in two robberies being solved.
7. ITALY: Police intervene as migrant stages protest on bus roof
8. Isis cell “eliminated” by Russians close to England camp for World Cup
VLADIMIR PUTIN'S security forces have “eliminated” an Isis terrorist cell in a highway shootout just three months before the summer's World Cup, say his officials.
Dramatic footage showed evidence of gun battle between the FSB - Russia's successor to the KGB intelligence agency - and alleged jihadists some 235 miles from where England play in Volgograd in June.
The scene was close to Saratov and came as Vladimir Putin faces voters in Sunday's Kremlin election, when he is expected to win a landslide for another six years as Russian president.
One gun-toting alleged terrorist is shown holding a pistol as he lies in the snow. However it was not initially clear how many alleged terrorists had been killed in the shootout.
Two bodies were visible in footage and pictures.
9. Germany: Hatred against Germans is increasing in Berlin, says city’s interior minister
Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s interior minister, said on Wednesday that hatred towards Germans was on the rise in the capital, but cautioned that it was still far from the norm.
“I have heard that [reports of hatred against Germans]. It is not the norm but it is becoming more common - to keep quiet about it would be wrong,” Geisel told daily newspaper Tagesspiegel.
“What can we do about it? It is clear that we need to intensify our efforts to integrate people. That includes German and ethics courses for refugees, optimally for all of them,” the Social Democrat added.
The interior minister was responding to a long report published by Tagesspiegel on Tuesday which asked whether Berlin was becoming “a place of fear.”
The newspaper reported on the individual experiences of various Berliners who had contacted the newspaper to argue that the city was becoming a place of “increased aggression and an intensified feeling of fear. And this feeling has something to do with the arrival of refugees.”
Tagesspiegel spoke to Berliners from several walks of life - including refugee helpers - who spoke of their growing sense of insecurity.
10. FRANCE: “The hunt on the reinfosphere is open”
Pierre Cassens, owner/operator of one of France’s most well known counter-jihad and anti-communist websites, details a number of unusual and unsettling events that he has experienced which he believes may be state persecution of him by extra-legal means.