1. Pakistan: Gunmen kill singer for refusing invitation to party
Pakistani police say three gunmen have shot and killed a female singer who refused to accompany them to a private party.
Police official Saeed Khan says the incident happened in the northwestern city of Mardan on Saturday.
He says the artist, known only as Sumbul, was shot multiple times and killed at her home after the gunmen broke in and asked her to perform for them at a private party.
2. Belgian Senator: Multiculturalist Elites Manipulated Stats to Transform Society with Mass Migration
Elites brought about a “profound transformation” of Belgian society without any public debate by manipulating immigration figures as more than one million migrants poured in, a liberal senator has alleged.
Writing in Le Figaro, Alain Destexhe said the realities of demographic change are being concealed across Europe by “the multiculturalist lobby which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media”.
“Like France, Belgium has changed dramatically in a relatively short time, and was transformed into a mass immigration nation without any public debate,” he said, noting that its population rose from 10.2 million to 11.3 million in a relatively short period as a result of mass migration.
Between 2000 and 2010, Belgium’s net migration figures ran “nine times higher than in the Netherlands, four times higher than in France and Germany, and even greater than in the U.S.” in proportion to the nation’s size.
3. Teen-murder suspect also accused of contempt for body
(ANSA) - Macerata, February 2 - A Nigerian national charged with murdering Pamela Mastropietro, an 18-year-old whose dismembered body was found Wednesday in two suitcases dumped in the countryside outside Pollenza near Macerata in Marche, is also accused of the crime of contempt for the human body, sources said Friday. Carabinieri police have found several large knives at the Macerata home of the suspect, Innocent Oseghale, 29, sources said.
Police forensic experts also found blood stains in many parts of the apartment, sources said.
4. Britain's first “private police force” has caught 400 criminals with a 100 per cent conviction rate after taking on cases regular officers are too busy to look at
...It comes as police chiefs admit they do not have the money to investigate high-volume crimes such as shoplifting and stretched officers complain that they are at breaking point.
But critics fear the rise of private policing could lead to a two-tier system where only the wealthy get protection from criminals.
Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh described the rise of private detectives as a “staggering indictment” of the state of policing.
“Eventually there will be a two-tier system with the haves and the have-nots, and if you have money and live in a £20million house in Chelsea you can pay for private security,” he said.
5. U.S. imposes new sanctions on Hezbollah
The United States on Friday levied sanctions against six individuals and seven businesses with alleged links to Hezbollah financier Adham Tabaja, the White House said, according to AFP.
Tabaja, a Lebanese businessman, is believed by authorities in the United States to be one of Hezbollah's top five money men, with ties spanning the Middle East and Africa.
It will be a "very bad day for" Tabaja, said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The sanctions, which are aimed at his managers and at companies based in Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Ghana, include trade bans and assets freezes.
6. Belgium - Hasidic Jew, Son Narrowly Escape Suspected Car Ramming In Antwerp Shabbat Morning
Antwerp - Police in Belgium arrested a man who is suspected of trying to ram with his car an Orthodox man and a child on a street in Antwerp.
The incident Saturday morning was filmed by security cameras. It shows a black Seat Ibiza car swerving sharply while speeding on Isabellalei, a central street in Antwerp, toward the alleged victim and a boy, who is the man’s son, according to the Antwerp-based Joods Actueel Jewish monthly.
The car is seen intersecting a bike path, apparently while speeding. The car then climbs the curb as the two alleged victims are walking toward it, prompting them to jump away from the curb and toward the safety of the building facades.
They jump behind a lamp post. The car swerves back wildly, returning to the road from its incursion into the sidewalk. The father ran after the car as it sped away.
Joods Actueel reported that witnesses said the driver had foreign origins. The report did not name the man or offer any additional information on his identity. He was tracked down through the footage of the license plate. The man is to be arraigned Sunday. He is suspected of attempted manslaughter.
7. Fortress Minneapolis: Largest Super Bowl security operation in history underway in frigid temperatures with the FBI on high alert to potential extremist threats in the city which has seen residents prosecuted for supporting Somali terror group
Four layers of aircraft in the sky including armed F-16 jets will be part of the largest security operation in the history of Super Bowl when it kicks off this Sunday.
Black Hawk helicopters and jet fighters will be circling above the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to force down any aircraft that enters the 30 nautical mile no-fly zone.
Helicopters equipped with infrared cameras will be in the air and there will be tens of thousands of police and FBI agents on the ground. [...]
This year the FBI is on particular alert because of the number of terrorism cases in the Somali community in Minneapolis.
VIDEO: FBI and Security Preparations for Super Bowl LII
8. Two Vancouver men convicted of pimping and human trafficking
Tamim Albashir, 26, and Kasra Mohsenipour, 25, were found guilty of 17 of 19 charges in connection with offences committed against the victims in Vancouver, Coquitlam and Edmonton. The crimes occurred from May 2013 to April 2016.
The accused were also convicted of attempting to obstruct justice by conspiring to influence, pressure, or bribe one of the victims in an effort to get her to recant her statement to the police.
In his ruling, B.C. Supreme Court Justice David Masuhara concluded that the accused had acted in a “common enterprise” to lure the victims into prostitution. [...]
The youngest victim, who can only be identified by the initials N.V. due to a publication ban, was a vulnerable 15-year-old girl when the accused charmed and persuaded her to work for them, using the lure of a downtown Vancouver condo and the promises of lots of money.
[...] Omar Alameddin, a third man charged in the case, is being sought for extradition from the United States.
9. Muslim Student Tries To Get Another Student Expelled For Refusing To Wear A Hijab
A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida said that she invited fellow student Kathy Zhu to try on a hijab, reported Twitchy. After Zhu declined her offer, the Muslim student, identified by Zhu to The Daily Caller News Foundation as UCF health sciences student Rayyan Sukkarieh, took to Twitter, posting “let’s get this girl expelled.”
Zhu showed pictures on Twitter of the UCF World Hijab Day booth, which displayed Sukkarieh, as well as signs reading “free headscarfs” and “my hijab is a symbol of understanding.” [...]
“TWITTER DO YOUR THING,” continued the Muslim student. “Let’s get this girl expelled….Ignorance will not be tolerated at my campus.”
10. Paris Muslim accused of killing Jewish woman no longer charged with hate crime
A judge in Paris scrapped hate crime charges from the indictment of a murder suspect who confessed to killing his Jewish neighbor.
The move came amid a rise in reported violent anti-Semitic attacks in France. (...)
In the Halimi case, Traore was heard shouting about Allah and calling her 'a devil' in Arabic. Halimi’s daughter said he had called the daughter a 'dirty Jewess' in the building two years before the murder. But the examining magistrate in Traore’s trial, which opened this week, dismissed the aggravated hate crime charge before the trial actually began, Le Parisien reported Wednesday. Traore is pleading temporary insanity, though he has no history of mental illness. (...)
Many French Jews believe authorities and the media covered up or ignored the alleged anti-Semitic elements connected to Halimi’s suspected murder to prevent it from becoming fodder for Le Pen’s divisive campaign.