1. Minnesota daycare fraud scheme has possible link to terror
2. EU considers direct Iran central bank transfers to beat US sanctions
European proposal is the strongest challenge yet to newly reimposed US sanctions.
The European Commission is proposing that EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran's central bank to avoid US penalties, an EU official said, in what would be the most forthright challenge to Washington's newly reimposed sanctions.
The step, which would seek to bypass the US financial system, would allow European companies to repay Iran for oil exports and repatriate Iranian funds in Europe, a senior EU official said, although the details were still to be worked out.
3. Andrew Bolt explains why he disinvited world’s most famous atheist from his program
BOLT: I’d asked famous atheist @RichardDawkins, to come on the show. He accepted – then we started to get a very long list of demands, restrictions of what we could talk about. #theboltreport @SkyNewsAust pic.twitter.com/RJxLNbY8MA— The Bolt Report (@theboltreport) May 18, 2018
4. Syrian living in Sweden held “for financing terrorism”
The man was involved in a people-smuggling ring and sent profits to fund terrorism in Syria, according to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
The suspect, who is reportedly in his mid-forties, has lived in Sweden with his family since 2012 and was arrested in Denmark at the Kastrup airport.
He worked for the network from his apartment in Finspång, to the south east of Sweden.
The network, which was based in Italy and busted by an undercover Italian policeman, is said to have sent 20 million kronor to a Syrian jihadist group, the Al-Nusra Front.
The group is fighting the Syrian government and attempting to establish an Islamic state in the country.
5. US More Hated than Ever in Muslim World: Iranian President
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani deplored the US embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem) as a violation of international law and said Washington is more hated than ever in the Islamic world.
“The relocation of the US embassy to the Holy Quds is against international regulations and the US is more hated than ever in the World of Islam,” the president said, speaking to reporters in Tehran on Friday before leaving for Istanbul to take part in an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
President Rouhani described the meeting as a good opportunity for Muslim nations to voice their support for the oppressed people of Palestine and condemn Zionists’ crimes.
Related: Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren begs to differ: “Arabs have other things to worry about”
6. Iranian women take off hijab and dance behind “Morality Police” van
7. Brazil: Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber attacking group of moms
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8. Bias fears justified; Geert Wilders gets new appeals judges
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders will get new judges in his appeal against his 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination and insulting Moroccans, after an independent panel ruled that the original judges may have been biased.
Judges reviewing Wilders' request to replace the original appeals panel said Friday his fear that the panel was biased "can be objectively justified."
In a tweet, Wilders called the ruling “tremendous.”
Wilders' lawyer argued Thursday that the original judges showed bias by rejecting his request to call more witnesses and carry out further investigations in the appeal case. Friday's ruling says the judges did not sufficiently reason their rejection.
9. Thousands mass at pro-Palestinian rally called by Erdogan
10. Sydney man sentenced to 17 years over IS-inspired shooting
A man who provided a revolver used to kill a state police employee in an Islamic State group-inspired attack in Sydney in 2015 was sentenced on Friday to 17 years in prison.
Farhad Jabar, 15, was shot dead by police moments after he killed Curtis Cheng with a 0.38 Smith & Wesson as the accountant walked from the New South Wales state police headquarters in central Sydney after work.
Talal Alameddine, 25, refused to stand for Justice Peter Johnson who sentenced him in the New South Wales Supreme Court to serve a minimum 13 years behind bars.
New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has criminalized refusing to stand for a judge after several Muslim defendants remained seated in court on religious grounds.
Alameddine had pleaded guilty to recklessly possessing an object connected with a terrorist act and supplying a pistol. The maximum penalty for each offense is 30 years in prison.