1. Twitter goes wild over death penalty for “atheism” in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has reportedly sentenced a young man to death for apostasy. The news has stirred up Twitter users, with some expressing sadness and sorrow, while others praised the move.
On Tuesday, a Saudi Arabian court dismissed an appeal from Ahmad Al Shamri, who had spent three years in prison over charges of “atheism and blasphemy,” the Exmuslim website reports.
2. A March Against Sharia is scheduled for nine states on June 10
3. Student Muslim Convert in Court for Alleged Planting London Tube Bomb
Rees said the 20-year-old computer science student, who has a form of autism, had an interest in guns and explosives, and had searched online for Islamic State group material.
Smith told police he was brought up Christian but thought Islam was “more true,” though he denied being an extremist.
Material recovered from his home included photos of Smith posing with guns, including one on a laptop labeled “2016 an Islamic State fighter.” Police also found shredded paper with instructions from an al-Qaida article entitled “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom.”
4. Poll: Huge Shift in Sweden as Majority Now Want Fewer Asylum Seekers
The mood on migration in Sweden appears to have shifted dramatically this year, with a majority of people now saying they want the Nordic nation to take in fewer asylum seekers.
The most recent survey, conducted in autumn and winter, found that 52 per cent of respondents said Sweden should slow the migrant flow, with only 26 per cent opposed to the idea.
By contrast, Swedes asked the same question in 2015 were almost evenly split on the issue — 40 per cent said they felt the country should be receiving fewer asylum seekers, whilst 37 per cent wanted to see the influx continue.
5. Key Le Pen Adviser Convicted of Inciting Hatred Against Muslims
Top adviser to Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign, Robert Menard, has been found guilty of inciting hatred against France’s Muslim population.
Mayor of the southern town of Beziers, Menard’s trouble began September 1st, 2016, when he tweeted that he was bearing witness to the “great replacement.” He was referring to a derogatory term for a conspiracy theory which claims that white, Christian French citizens are being systematically replaced with Muslims.
6. Canada: Human Rights Tribunal rules Brampton landlord must pay Muslim couple $12,000
Now the small landlord who rented out the main floor of his Brampton home to an Arab Muslim couple must pay them $12,000 for failing to accommodate their religious practices when showing their apartment to prospective tenants.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario also found that he “harassed them and created a poisoned housing environment.”
His sins? John Alabi refused to remove his shoes when showing the bedroom where the couple prayed and while he always gave them the mandated 24-hour notice before showings, he didn’t always provide the five-minute heads-up they’d requested to ensure the wife was modestly dressed and they weren’t in the midst of their five daily prayers. […]
They were told that contrary to their understanding, their landlord had a right to show the apartment when they were home. As a “courtesy,” Alabi agreed to give them five minutes notice in addition to the 24 hours. But that negotiated detente ended two days later after Ismail videotaped Alabi refusing to remove his shoes when entering their bedroom.
“She said it was disrespectful and an act of racism.”
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7. Lesbian couple from London vanish after "disapproving father tricks them into flying to Dubai" where gay people face the death penalty.
A lesbian couple from London have vanished after claims a disapproving father tricked them into flying to Dubai where gay people face the death penalty.
Maria Jimena Rico Montero and her Egyptian girlfriend Shaza Ismail have been reported missing after leaving the UK for the Middle East.
Shaza's father duped his daughter - according to Maria's family - saying that her mother was gravely ill, but when the couple arrived in Dubai to discover she was fine, they flew to Georgia. […] Maria, 28, left a desperate WhatsApp message for her family saying Shaza's family had followed her to Georgia with a lawyer and that they had been held for 10 hours at the airport before being released.
Her distraught Spanish mum Teresa, revealing the message she sent before vanishing having boarded a coach to Istanbul, said: 'She told me, "If I don't call at midday, it's because something happened to me". 'She never called.’
8. Two officers shot on French island of Reunion; bomb materials found at Islamist suspect's home
A man suspected of links to radical Islam and of glorifying terrorism shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion during an arrest Thursday -- and police found bomb-making materials at his home, officials said.
Officers detained the unnamed suspect and his mother. Police also found weapons in his apartment in the town of Saint Benoit de la Reunion, according to the Interior Ministry.
The two officers, from a special national police intervention force, were hospitalized but were expected to survive. The man was wanted for "glorifying terrorism," the ministry said in a statement, without elaborating. The shooting came just a week after a police officer was killed in Paris in an attack claimed by the Islamic State terror group.
9. More details on the Saudi death sentence for apostasy
An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.
The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam's holy book, the Koran, and hitting it with a shoe, the newspaper reported.
Saudi Arabia, the United States' top Arab ally and birthplace of Islam, follows the strict Wahhabi Sunni Muslim school and gives the clergy control over its justice system.
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