1. Ex-Islamic State torturer on what she was made to do to women who did not conform to Islamic norms.
2. The Visigrad 4 (Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) met this week to reject the EU migrant relocation scam
3. Calgary mosque tainted by “dark element” of radicalization to close this week
A Calgary mosque that became a focus in terrorism investigations after several men who prayed there left to fight abroad is closing its doors Friday — a move that leaves its imam and community with a sense of relief.
Nearly three years ago, CBC News revealed the identities of Salman Ashrafi, Damian Clairmont and others who left Canada to fight with jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq. All had attended prayers at the 8th and 8th mosque in downtown Calgary — whose name originates in its location at 835 8th Ave. SW. Many were killed abroad.
Interestingly, there has been no move to close the mosques where imams demand that all Jews be murdered or all apostates, those who leave Islam for any reason, also be murdered, or women be abused.
4. China bans burqas and “abnormal” beards in Muslim province of Xinjiang
New regulations, to come into force on Saturday, require government workers in airports, railway stations and other public places “dissuade” women who fully cover their faces and bodies from entering and report them to police.
They also prohibit the “abnormal growing of beards and naming of children to exaggerate religious fervour”, without giving specifics.
It will be forbidden to “reject or refuse radio, television and other public facilities and services”, marrying using religious rather than legal procedures and “using the name of Halal to meddle in the secular life of others”.
Rules published in state-controlled media continue: “Parents should use good moral conduct to influence their children, educate them to revere science, pursue culture, uphold ethnic unity and refuse and oppose extremism.”
5. Three Kosovans arrested in Italy, suspected of plotting attacks
ROME -- Italian police on Thursday arrested three Kosovans in the city of Venice after one was caught on a phone intercept proposing they bomb the Rialto bridge while others lauded the recent attack in London. A minor was also detained.
Venice prosecutor Adelchi d'Ippolito said a search of a Venice apartment showed the suspects were getting in physical shape and watching videos of Islamic extremists on how to carry out knife attacks.
A phone intercept caught one saying: "You'll go straight to paradise because of all the infidels in Venice. Put a bomb on the Rialto." It wasn't clear if the reference was bluster or indicated an imminent threat.