1. MP Scott Reid raises slaughter of Christians in Muslim, atheist countries in Parliament
2. Islamic instant divorce practice reviewed by India’s top court
A multi-faith judge bench in India has opened hearings on whether the controversial practice of instant divorce violates the rights of Muslim women.
The instant divorce in Islam is called the "triple talaq", as a man can divorce his wife by simply uttering "talaq" (divorce) three times.
The five Supreme Court judges, all of different faiths – Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Zoroastrian and Muslim started six-day hearings on the issue on Thursday. […] Among the seven petitions filed to the Supreme Court by Muslim women, some complained that they had been divorced through a letter, postcards, as well as on Facebook and Whatsapp.
3. Half a Million Asylum Seekers on German Welfare Handouts
According to new statistics, over half a million asylum seekers now receive some kind of welfare benefit from the German state. In neighbouring Austria, the migrant unemployment rate is now over 20 per cent.
The numbers come from the German Federal Agency for Employment (BA) are were announced earlier this week.
The statistics come as many still worry about the ability of the over one million migrants who came to Germany during the migrant crisis to integrate into the German job market, T-Online reports.
(Many Germans speculate that the majority of the remainder of migrants are on government programs that pay them and do not accomplish anything in order to keep their name off of the unemployment statistics. So the real number would be much higher.)
4. Imam in Denmark quotes Islamic scripture on the call for genocide of Jews
A prophecy appearing to call for the murder of Jews repeated during a sermon at a Copenhagen mosque has caused outrage in Denmark after it was released online.
Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed repeating in Arabic an anti-Semitic hadith- a teaching of Muhammad. The verse says “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”
He declares a “caliphate” is coming – that is a state governed in accordance with Islamic Sharia law. It will be part of a jihad to unite the Muslim community and liberate the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, according to the Islamic faith.
5. Belgium: 8 UAE princesses stand trial in Belgium for "continually abusing" servants
Eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates who brought their servants to Belgium and “abused them continually” have gone on trial.
Back in 2008, Princess Shekha Alnehayan, as well as her seven daughters, arrived in Brussels and booked a luxury suite – which is an entire floor, according to the Tribune de Geneve media outlet – at the Conrad Hotel for several months. […] The women brought with them up to 23 servants of eight different nationalities, who “were not paid” and “worked day and night and had to sleep on the floor.”
They were also “shouted at” and abused by the princesses, who refused to let the staff leave the hotel, according to Patricia LeCocq, spokesperson for the Belgian human rights organization Myria, as cited by Deutsche Welle.
Later, one of the workers managed to escape and ran to the nearest police station, describing the situation and prompting law enforcement officers to later show up at the hotel. […] if the women are convicted, "it will link one of the wealthiest families in the world to human trafficking and slavery.”