1. Merkel did indeed say “no upper limit on migrants”
2. Mayor of Minneapolis forces chief of police to resign over Somali affirmative action hire officer
“Minneapolis chief of police Janeé Harteau has resigned, forced out by the city’s mayor after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman in a case that has drawn international scrutiny and criticism.
Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that, “I’ve lost confidence in the Chief’s ability to lead us further.”
‘For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD.’”
3. END OF ISIS: Syrians burn burkas and shave beards
Men and women who successfully fled the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa wasted no time in destroying any associations of the killer cult.
During ISIS’ control of the north Syrian city, men were forced to grow long beards while women were given a strict dress code.
But now emotional footage has showed men shaving their beards in celebration, while burkas are piled on the ground and burned.
4. ISIS Leader Is Still Alive, Pentagon Chief Says
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he believed the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was still alive and that the American-led coalition in Iraq and Syria was still trying to find and target him.
‘I think Baghdadi is alive,” Mr. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “I’ll believe otherwise when we know we have killed him. We are going after him.’
5. Maine Democrats block bill to protect safety of little girls.
A Republican-sponsored bill to outlaw the barbaric procedure is being opposed by Democrats, who say they fear it will offend the cultural sensitivity of the approximately 10,000 Somalis living in the state. But there’s an uglier, more malevolent reason lurking behind the scenes.
Female genital mutilation – in which a young girl’s clitoris is cut out and her vagina stitched closed – is commonly practiced in Somalia, where it is estimated 90 percent of the female population has undergone the ritual. The intention is to ensure that girls remain chaste until they are married, and that they derive no pleasure from sexual activity. […]
Then came an avalanche of criticism from progressive groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and immigrant aid organizations, who argue that it is not the state’s role to interfere with cultural traditions that run counter to American values.
6. Iraqi man threatened to "kill all the English" after bursting into church service in Barnard Castle
A DRUNK Iraqi man burst into a Methodist Church mid-service on a Sunday afternoon, marched to the front and started shouting and swearing at the congregation, a court heard.
Zana Hussan said he hated the English before walking into the church in Barnard Castle during the service. After police arrested him he told them “I will f****** kill you and kill all the English bastards”.
"After a short while police also arrived and arrested the defendant. The defendant then became more aggressive and abusive and began shouting “I will f***** kill you and kill all the English bastards. He made references to the war in Iraq."
Mitigating, Ben Pagman said Hassan had been in the UK since 2008 but he was ‘effectively here illegally without permission to remain.’
7. In Rotterdam, posters of Jewish man and Muslim woman kissing spark a scandal
To some of the detractors, the poster campaign was a provocation designed to upset the sensibilities of Dutch Muslims and other non-white minorities. But to campaign supporters — including some prominent members of the Dutch Jewish community — it was an important statement about the need to counter radicalism and coercion in the Netherlands’ growing Muslim minority.
Initiated by a Muslim activist for women’s rights, Shirin Musa, the posters are part of a municipal initiative in support of women, mostly Muslim, who face abuse if they choose spouses their communities disapprove of. Bearing the slogan “In the Netherlands, you choose your own partner,” the posters were placed in bus stops and on signposts across Rotterdam. Supporters of the initiative also handed out fliers with the images on the streets.”
8. Indonesian religious ministry to propose tougher blasphemy laws
“The misnamed religious rights bill is nothing less than a repackaging of highly toxic regulations against religious minorities in Indonesia,” said HRW’s Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono on Friday.
Dr Ken Setiawan, an expert in socio-legal studies and human rights at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne also expressed concern, telling Asian Correspondent that ‘it’s not about religious rights, it’s about the curtailing of them.’ […] Lamenting corruption and dysfunction within the religious affairs ministry, Jakarta Post columnist Julia Suryakusuma wrote in June last year: ‘Actually it should be called the Ministry of Islam, as it deals mainly with issues relating to Islam.’
According to a statement from HRW, Indonesia’s religious minorities ‘are vulnerable to discriminatory laws and official indifference to worsening intolerance by militant Islamists,” and the new draft law “compounds rather than mitigates those threats.’”
9. Three Israelis slain in terror attack were buried on Sunday
“The relatives of the three who were slain as their family was eating Shabbat dinner and celebrating the birth of Elad's new-born son are due to sit shiva, the week-long mourning period for direct family members, at the home of Elad's family in the city Elad.”
10. Massive anti-Israel protests in Turkey objecting to weapons checks at Temple Mount