1. Couple stoned to death in northern Mali, accused of affair
A local official says a couple has been stoned to death in northern Mali after extremists accused them of conducting an extramarital affair.
The official says Tuesday's killing of a Tuareg couple in Taghlite was ordered by the former mayor of Aguel'hoc, who is now a jihadist. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons, saying the stoning was carried out by Ansar Dine extremists.
The group is mostly composed of ultraconservative Tuareg tribesmen.
2. Poland Says Taking Migrants ‘Much Worse’ Than EU Sanctions
Taking migrants would do more damage to Poland than European Union (EU) sanctions, Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak has said, after fresh warnings from Brussels over the country’s refusal to welcome asylum seekers from the third world.
Reacting to the EU setting a June deadline by which Poland and Hungary must take migrants from Italy and Greece or face sanctions, the minister said “the security of Poland and the Poles is at risk” from the bloc’s relocation scheme.
Mr. Błaszczak said giving in to the EU’s demand that Poland welcome more than 6,000 asylum seekers would “certainly be much worse” for the nation than the threat of punishment from Brussels, citing the terror threat in Western Europe as a result of immigration.
3. Fredericton cab driver guilty of sexually assaulting passenger
Fredericton taxi driver Bahman Babakhani was found guilty Wednesday of sexually assaulting one woman who got into his taxi but not guilty of sexually assaulting another.
Bahman Babakhani, 48, was charged with inappropriately touching the women last Sept. 8 and Sept. 3 respectively.
After delivering his verdict in Burton court, Judge Jacques Desjardins scheduled a sentencing hearing for three months from now so a pre-sentence report can be prepared.
4. The leader of the European Union, the unelected Claude Junker, is rapidly bringing Romania into the border free, Schengen zone.
Quite probably as a reaction to Hungary closing its borders as a route for mass 3rd world migration into Europe, as Romania borders Bulgaria, which is one of the leaky border entry points by land from Turkey for migrants from the Maghreb and the Middle East.
5. Was the Schlüchtern Mutilator Simply Preparing Dinner?
As Bild and other sources report, the perpetrator was an Eritrean, and the victim a Somali.
Monday’s report from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung runs contrary to the myth that “we need to integrate them better and help them more” — the youthful perp had “integrated” well:
Apparently neither alcohol nor drugs played a role. According to the prosecution, the defendant had neither drunken nor taken anything. […] But the horrific new wrinkle appears in today’s Kölnische Rundschau:
Refugee’s face mutilated: Cannibalism suspicion hardens
Hanau — In the trial for a brutal facial mutilation in Hesse, a suspicion of cannibalism has arisen. On the second day of the trial, Wednesday, a police officer testified as a witness at the district court Hanau about his conversation with the victim.
The severely abused young man had told him that the attacker said during the attack that he was going to eat his flesh. The 20-year-old is charged with attempted murder and grave and dangerous bodily harm. In October 2016 the suspected perpetrator allegedly stabbed the victim, who at the time was 18 years old, in the neck with two knives in the victim’s apartment. Then, according to the prosecution, he bit off both his ears, cut off both his eyelids with a knife, and pierced both eyeballs with a ballpoint pen.
6. Top senator calls for removal of Turkey's U.S. ambassador
U.S. Senator John McCain, one of the leading foreign policy voices in Congress, on Thursday urged the expulsion of Turkey's U.S. ambassador after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit.
"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America ... This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically," McCain, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC in an interview on Thursday, adding that legal action could also be pursued.
7. Australia: 'They're taking us for fools': Iranian refugees allowed to stay in Australia despite being caught holidaying in Iran
Pauline Hanson has blasted six Iranian refugees for fooling Australia after they were caught holidaying in the Islamic theocracy they had fled.
The One Nation leader was weighed into the controversy involving half a dozen men who arrived in Australia from Iran between 2009 and 2014.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled their visas however the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has overturned his decision and allowed them to stay. […] 'We don't need these legal refugees that are coming to our country. They're getting on disability pensions. They're not working.
'They're in public housing. They're being looked after, their health – all the rest of it.'
The senator said Australia should brace for a 'flood of refugees' if Labor won the next election.
8. USA: At least 10 people hit after vehicle strikes pedestrians in New York's Times Square
A speeding vehicle has struck at least ten pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's Times Square.
The New York Police Department closed off the area after the collisions occurred on on Thursday, around noon.
A Reuters witness said at least 10 people were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.
9. Turkey calls on Trump to sack US diplomat co-ordinating war with ISIL
Turkey has called on Donald Trump to sack the US diplomat responsible for co-ordinating the international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish fighters that Ankara insists are terrorists.
The Turkish government blames Brett McGurk, a US diplomat who served under both George W Bush and Barack Obama, for the recent US decision to supply arms to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, which Turkey considers a front for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group.
10. Former FBI agent discusses documents found on Osama Bin Laden’s computer as well as the implications of his son, Hamza, now taking over the brand.