1. “Alternative for Sweden”: New political party launch ad
More on the new party can be found HERE.
2. Vienna city centre knife rampage injures “mum, dad and daughter”
At least three people are "seriously injured" after the attacker "randomly attacked pedestrians".
The three people are reported to be an Austrian family – a mum, dad and daughter – who were attacked outside a Japanese restaurant.
English translation from German language news source HERE provides an update on the arrest of an Afghan for the attack.
3. Canadian man pleads guilty to US terrorism charges
A Canadian man has admitted aiding jihadists held responsible for a 2009 suicide attack in Iraq that killed five US soldiers.
Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa pleaded guilty in New York City to providing money to Tunisian suicide bombers.
The charges carried a maximum life sentence, but he will face 26 years in prison then deportation, AP reports.
The 50-year-old moved to Toronto in 1993 as a Kurdish refugee before becoming a Canadian citizen.
Muhammad 'Isa was arrested in 2011 following an investigation by Canadian, US and Tunisian authorities.
He lost his fight against extradition in 2015 when Canada's Supreme Court refused to hear his case, and was sent to the US.
4. Charges: Man crawled into woman's bathroom stall on MCTC campus
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A 32-year-old Bloomington man is facing multiple charges after he reportedly hid in a women's bathroom at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, then crawled into a stall in an attempt to sexually assault a woman.
Asad Abu Mohamed of Bloomington is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct, making terroristic threats and fourth degree assault of a school official.
An MCTC official told Fox 9, the incident happened just after 1 p.m. Friday on the second floor of the campus' Technology building.
According to the criminal complaint, when Minneapolis police responded to MCTC, they found people comforting a woman, while MCTC security officers were detaining a handcuffed Mohamed.
5. “We don't want ISIS killers back in Australia” -Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff for former Australian PM
“The speaker, Peta Credlin was the Chief of Staff of the former Australian PM, Tony Abbott. Malcolm Turnbull is the present Australian PM, Julie Bishop is the present Deputy PM and Australian Foreign Minister.”
6. Erdogan's Rising Islamist Militarism
The 6-year-old child who cried in front of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become a global sensation. Erdogan spotted the weeping girl wearing a military uniform during an address at his party’s congress last week, brought her onto the stage, and told her that if she died as a martyr, her coffin would be covered with the Turkish flag she held in her pocket. “You are ready for anything, aren’t you?” the Islamist strongman asked. The terrified child managed to utter “yes,” though it was hard to hear it through her sobs. [...]
These are all extensions of Erdogan’s decade-old efforts to “raise” a pious and zealous generation of Turks that exalts martyrdom to defend the “new Turkey” that the president has worked tirelessly to construct. Erdogan’s shocking 2008 request from Turkish women to produce three to five children each—a request he backed up with financial incentives in 2015—is part and parcel of this strategy. With Turkey’s state-backed Islamic vocational schools proliferating throughout the country, Ankara also amended student-placement procedures to automatically enrol students—including non-Sunni and non-Muslim ones—into these institutions. Tellingly, the president’s son Bilal, in his address to students at one such vocational school in January, told the teenagers, “You are Erdogan’s generation.”
7. Sri Lankan Migrants Scalp Man and Cut Off His Arm in Paris Restaurant
In what has been described as a dispute between rival Sri Lankan migrants, two men attacked another with a machete, scalping him and cutting off his arm in a Paris restaurant.
The attack occurred on Monday evening at a restaurant in the 10th Arrondissement of the city not far from the heavily migrant populated area of La Chapelle in northern Paris, broadcaster RTL reports.
Two attackers, both wearing hoodies and covering their faces, were said to have stormed into the establishment at around 9:30 pm armed with a machete and a sabre. The pair immediately attacked the victim, cutting at his scalp as well as cutting off one of his hands and his arm.
The 35-year-old victim, who is also a member of Paris’s Sri Lankan community, is said to be in critical condition at a local hospital as a result of the attack. A source within the police force has claimed that the motive for the brutal attack is likely related to settling scores within the community.
8. Saudi prince says Turkey part of “triangle of evil”: Egyptian media
Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as part of a “triangle of evil” along with Iran and hardline Islamist groups, Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The Saudi prince also accused Turkey of trying to reinstate the Islamic Caliphate, abolished nearly a century ago when the Ottoman Empire collapsed.
His reported comments reflect Saudi Arabia’s deep suspicion of President Tayyip Erdogan, whose ruling AK Party has its roots in Islamist politics and who has allied his country with Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states.
Turkey has also worked with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival in the Middle East, to try to reduce fighting in northern Syria in recent months, and Iranian and Turkish military chiefs exchanged visits last year.
9. Trump tells Swedish PM: ”You Have Immigration Problems"
10. Poland Indicts Moroccan Migrant Over Alleged Islamic State Activity
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish prosecutors say they have indicted a Moroccan man for alleged participation in the Islamic State group, the first such case in Poland.
The national prosecutor’s office said Wednesday the man, identified only as Mourad T., was active in Poland, some other European Union countries, Serbia and Turkey from December 2014 until his arrest in southern Poland in September 2016.
It said the man had cooperated with a leading IS activist in Europe, Abdelhamid Abbaoud, the ringleader of the November 2015 Paris attacks who was killed in France shortly after them.
Prosecutors of the antiterror department in the southern city of Katowice have sent the indictment to the city’s provincial court, the statement said.