1. China moves to expand DNA testing in Muslim region
China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that's been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday.
Police in western China's Xinjiang region confirmed to The Associated Press that they are in the process of purchasing at least $8.7 million in equipment to analyze DNA samples.
Observers from Human Rights Watch said they've seen evidence of almost $3 million in additional purchases related to DNA testing. They warned such a collection program could be used as a way for authorities to beef up their political control.
The move comes after Chinese authorities last year reportedly required Xinjiang residents to submit DNA samples, fingerprints and voice records to obtain passports or travel abroad.
Xinjiang borders several unstable Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan. It's experienced numerous bombings and vehicle and knife attacks blamed on ethnic separatists from the native Uighur Islamic minority.
2. Turkey arrests opposition newspaper editor
The editor of a leading Turkish opposition newspaper has been formally arrested for allegedly spreading "terrorist propaganda," the state-run Anadolu news agency said Tuesday.
Oguz Guven, the editor of Cumhuriyet newspaper's online edition, was formally arrested Monday evening after being detained Friday.
Guven was arrested on the grounds that he bears legal responsibility for the newspaper's tweets, specifically in reference to a tweet on the death of prosecutor Mustafa Alper in a traffic accident last week.
The deleted tweet described Alper as having been "mowed down" by a truck, seen by many as an unsavory choice of words.
Cumhuriyet is the newspaper that busted the Erdogan regime for sending weapons and ordnance to Islamic State fighters last year. Many of its employees are already in jail.
3. Hungarian President Viktor Orban announces the end of globalization, and a new "Silk Road" project as trade with China set to increase
4. Teenage girl sent on suicide bombing mission "as she refused to marry Boko Haram leader"
The 14-year-old, whose identity was not disclosed, narrowly escaped death after being sent on a deadly mission to a military facility in Maiduguri, Nigeria.
She was arrested along three other suspects on Sunday when she surrendered to local police, after watching two accomplices be killed during the mission.
But the youngster claims she was forced into the attack - as she was drugged after refusing three proposals from leaders of the terror cult.
The article fails to mention that Boko Haram is an orthodox Islamic group. The following video gives a mild indication of who they are.
5. Robert Spencer POISONED in Iceland
Last Thursday, I gave a lecture on the jihad threat at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland. Shortly thereafter, a young Icelandic Leftist registered his disapproval of what I said by poisoning me.
It happened after the event, when my security chief, the organizers of the event, and Jihad Watch writer Christine Williams, who had also been invited to speak, went with me to a local restaurant to celebrate the success of the evening.
At this crowded Reykjavik establishment, I was quickly recognized. A young Icelander called me by name, shook my hand, and said he was a big fan. Shortly after that, another citizen of that famously genteel and courteous land also called me by name, shook my hand, and said “F**k you.”
We took that marvelous Icelandic greeting as a cue to leave. But the damage had already been done. About fifteen minutes later, when I got back in my hotel room, I began to feel numbness in my face, hands, and feet. I began trembling and vomiting. My heart was racing dangerously. I spent the night in a Reykjavik hospital.
What had happened quickly became clear, and was soon confirmed by a hospital test: one of these local Icelanders who had approached me (probably the one who said he was a big fan, as he was much closer to me than the “F**k you” guy) had dropped drugs into my drink. I wasn’t and am not on any other medication, and so there wasn’t any other explanation of how these things had gotten into my bloodstream.