1. Gardaí say Dundalk knife attack "random and unprovoked"; terrorism not ruled out
GARDAÍ IN DUNDALK have described this morning’s attack in which one man was stabbed to death on a Louth street as “random and unprovoked” – and said that terrorism has not been ruled out as a motive.
A 24-year-old man from Japan died after being stabbed shortly before 9am, while two other men were injured on two other nearby streets.
An 18-year-old man from Egypt has been arrested and is being held at Dundalk Garda station.
At a press briefing this afternoon, gardaí said a motive for the attack has not yet been established. They confirmed that terrorism is a line of inquiry.
The assailant was carrying a fencing pole when he was apprehended by uniformed gardaí, who disarmed and arrested him. Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan said that one weapon has been recovered but there is a possibility that the assailant was also carrying two knives.
More on this story can be found HERE.
2. French Car Burning Continues to Rise as Experts Insist the Acts of Arson Are ‘Playful’, Not Political
Car burnings have become a tradition across France over New Year’s with the latest figures showing an increase in arson, but some experts claim the motive behind the attacks is simple boredom.
Approximately 1,031 vehicles were set on fire on the night of December 31st and the early hours of the morning of January 1st, up from last year’s 935. The arson attacks have remained a constant feature over New Year’s, Bastille Day celebrations in the summer, and during incidents of civil unrest.
Many have attempted to try and make sense of why the arson attacks keep occurring year after year, often in so-called “Sensitive Urban Zones” (ZUS).
3. Iranian Basij militia members burn their ID cards in protest
Several videos received from male and female members of #Basij militia who burn their #Basij ID cards in protest against Islamic regime today. They joined protesters. #IranProtests #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/knVrh209J7— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) January 3, 2018
4. Australian Islamic undertaker makes bizarre rant next to a body on a trolley
An Islamic undertaker from western Sydney has made a bizarre video warning Muslims about the evils of celebrating New Year's Eve - as he wheeled a dead body into a fridge.
Ahmad Hraichie spent the last day of 2017 ranting against Muslims who disobeyed their faith by drinking alcohol or having sex outside of marriage.
“This is where we are all going to spend to spend our New Year's party if we die on New Year's Eve – in a fridge, in a fridge where the brothers and sisters have now have probably got their drinks all in the fridges and their snacks,” he said.
5. Italy: Man poses as nurse to try to rape woman
(ANSA) - Rome, January 2 - A 38-year-old Somali man stole a nurse's uniform and tried to rape a 43-year-old woman in the maternity ward of a Rome hospital on New Year's Eve, sources said Tuesday.
He was arrested on charges of sexual violence.
The man went into the ward of Sant'Eugenio Hospital while the woman was giving birth and reportedly began groping her.
6. Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.
Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million.
When a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they came forward.
7. Iran protests: General declares "sedition" defeated
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “sedition” in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests.
Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement as tens of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies called to counter the unrest.
It began last Thursday in the city of Mashhad and has seen 21 people killed.
The protests were initially against price rises and corruption, but turned to wider anti-government sentiment.
They have been the largest since the disputed 2009 presidential election.
Meanwhile, massive protests are still forming and moving all across Iran as THIS video from today shows.
8. Texas imam apologizes after "Muslims will kill the Jews" sermon
A Texas imam has apologized after issuing a video statement last month in which he said it was the duty of Muslims to kill Jews because of President Trump's decision to move the United States' embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Imam Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, the founder of an Islamic institute in Houston, said “[Judgement Day] will not come until Muslims fight the Jews there, in Palestine” in a Dec. 8 sermon titled “Our duties towards Al-Quds [Jerusalem].”
“The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, and the stones and the trees 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,” the imam said in a video posted and translated by MEMRI TV.
9. #IranProtests: “I love my country but the rulers of my country hate me”
I love my country but the rulers of my country hate me. My face is proof. Heartbreaking plea of a bleeding protestor in Iran.He has a university degree and unemployed.He peacefully took to the streets wondering about the empty promises Iaslamic Republic made in 1979 #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/1V6P41d6rG— masih alinejad (@AlinejadMasih) January 3, 2018
10. Police probe Berlin U-Bahn knife attacker for Islamist motive
Berlin police said on Tuesday they were unable to rule out an Islamist background after a “deranged” Syrian knifeman was arrested over an attack in one of the German capital's underground stations.
Witnesses said the 23-year-old, identified as Ahmad Al-H., attacked several people with a knife “for no apparent reason” at the Bayerischer Platz station in southwestern Berlin on New Year's Eve, according to a police report.
But the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported that he had asked one 50-year-old German man his nationality and called him an "infidel" before stabbing him.