1. Pakistan throws out “un-Islamic” minimum marriage age proposal
Pakistan’s Senate has struck down legislation governing the minimum age girls can marry, saying a Bill to increase the legal age from 16 to 18 was un-Islamic.
The Child Marriage Restraint Bill was rejected after Senator Sehar Kamran, the lawmaker driving the proposal, had her request for a deferment denied on the grounds that she would not be present.
'I have also discussed it with religious scholars and they also believe that girls can be married before the age of 18 according to Islam, so these kinds of bills cannot be passed,' he said in the Senate Wednesday.
2. Islamic Republic of Iran threatens US Bases With Missile Strike
At a recent meeting of the Strategic Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran titled “Analyzing Trump’s behavior,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, addressed recent developments regarding the nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA).
“If the Americans think that they will ultimately be negotiating such issues with Iran, they have chosen a completely wrong path. Iran intends to solve these issues off the negotiating table. There is absolutely no room for negotiation,” he threatened.
Jafari also stated that if the United States is bent on implementing new sanctions against the Guard Corps, they had better move their regional bases at least a 2,000 kilometer radius away from Iran (i.e., outside missile range).
Meanwhile, US president, Donald Trump, has decertified the peculiar nuclear development deal with the Islamic Republic.
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5. Nigerian court convicts 45 in Boko Haram mass trials
A Nigerian court has convicted 45 Boko Haram members in the largest mass trial in the Islamic extremist group's history.
The closed-door proceedings have raised the concerns of human rights groups about whether the trials of the 1,669 people will be fair.
These are the first results of the mass trials that began early this week at a military barracks in northern Nigeria. The judges are drafted from civil courts, while the barracks are being used for security reasons.
The 45 people were sentenced to between three and 31 years in prison, the country's information minister said in a statement Friday. Another 468 suspects were released, but the court ordered that they undergo deradicalization programs.
6. Race hate killer Imran “Baldy” Shahid sues jail chiefs for confiscating his penis pump
The sadistic murderer claims he needs the sex aid returned as he keeps taking a bad reaction to Viagra pills.
Race hate killer Imran “Baldy” Shahid has taken prison chiefs to court after they confiscated his PENIS PUMP.
The sadistic murderer claims he needs the sex aid returned as he is taking a bad reaction to Viagra pills.
As well as his penis pump Shahid is also demanding that the prison governor hands him back his Xbox 360 or gives him £3,000 in compensation.
Shaid was caged for life for the brutal 2004 murder of Glasgow schoolboy Kriss Donald.
The thug led a gang that snatched the 15-year-old off the street near his home in the city's south side simply because he was white.
7. Switzerland to Hold Referendum on Burqa Ban
The Swiss government says voters will decide whether to ban face-covering garments like masks or Muslim burqas and niqabs.
The government said Friday a vote on the ban, championed by right wing groups, will take place. That comes after advocates gathered over 100,000 signatures to put the initiative on the ballot under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, which lets voters decide major policy issues.
The executive Federal Council will set a date for the referendum, not expected before next year.
8. North German state prohibits refugees from moving to one of its cities
Refugees in Germany will no longer be allowed to settle in the city of Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, according to a decree that was issued by the state’s ministry of the interior on Wednesday.
The government of Lower Saxony stated that they imposed immigration restrictions on recognized and admitted migrants in Salzgitter because of the city’s “exceptionally high immigration” and “for reasons of integration,” reported AFP.
Located south of the state's capital city, Hanover, Salzgitter has a population of around 106,000 people and is made up 31 boroughs consisting of several small towns and villages.
'This is an exceptional measure aimed at preventing the social and societal exclusion of immigrant refugees,' according to the mandate.
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10. British police arrested at least nine people a day for “offensive” online comments last year
Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”, in 2016.
The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data.
Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law’s restrictions on freedom of speech.”