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  1. Man hidden in suitcase dies en route to Spain

    A man from northern Africa who hid inside a suitcase on a ferry bound for mainland Spain died on Sunday while making the five hour crossing.

    http://www.thelocal.es/20150803/immigrant-dies-inside-suitcase-on-board-ferry

    Four migrants drown trying to swim into Spain

    Four migrants died on Sunday after trying to swim to Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta from northern Morocco, the government in Rabat said.

    http://www.thelocal.es/20150803/four-migrants-drown-trying-to-swim-to-spain

    • I question the term US girls, if they are US girls why are their families trying to mutilate them? Doesn’t the fact their families want to mutilate them prove the families doesn’t want to assimilate into the culture of the US?

    • It is amazing how many so called educated people are buying into the idea that anything that preserves freedom is out dated.

      • These people are so amazingly stupid that it defies the imagination… And yet, they vote!
        I have seen this guy in other videos and I wish he would show at least one person that refutes his BS. Just one. Had I been walking down the pier, or any of you, I would have given him an earful.

        • I have heard people say that you should have to pass the written exam on American Government before you are allowed to vote, this would probably eliminate one half to two thirds of the voters. Including a very large number of collage graduates.

          • But that would be raaaaacist!

            In USA, you do not even have to prove your ID … I know, I know, it was suggested a while back, but that would have been “raaaaaaacist” too!

            US is no longer the home of the brave and free. It is a dictatorship that holds rigged elections just for show.

      • We have seen a large number of racial hatred crimes this summer, next year will be worse and they will probably try to disrupt the election by massive violence and riots.

        • Actually, I am rather surprised at the lack of riots this summer. Surely someone could come up with a reason to riot?
          How about black man shoots white police officer dead during normal traffic stop?
          Wait, what???

          • For a while I thought that my original thought was wrong but now that the black leaders are keeping things simmering it looks like I am right, they are planning for the massive violence next year during the campaign season. You can see this in the threat to shutdown the Republican Convention. If you are going to use violent civil unrest to advance a political agenda the timing is critical.

            If you pay attention you will see that there are a lot more police being shot or shot at this summer, and no one is doing anything to shut down the agitators who are pushing this tactic. The idea is part of a two from attack on the police, 1) get the politicians to stop supporting the police and make them fear prison if they do their jobs, 2) make them afraid to do their jobs because of the physical threats. This allows the various groups/gangs to take over in the role of police/protectors. This will lead to the total political breakdown in the nation because if/when the nation uses the military to support the police the left starts screaming about how the political system that uses violence against the citizens has already fallen. When the communist nations use the military on their citizens this mantra is never heard.

            • If the left manages to hold the economic crash until next year they will jump for joy, this will give them more excuses for riots.

        • Given the current numbers in the US military and he apparent competency level in the high ranking leadership we can’t do much. Bringing the competent officers back to active duty and doing a crash rebuild within a year we could do a lot. But right now letting the Spec Ops personal do their jobs as trainers and leaders of indigenous troops is about all we can do and to do that we to start making 500 to 1000 sorties a day to bomb the targets that trained intelligence personnel choose.

          • The US has failed to impeach the interloper while there was still a good chance of avoiding another civil war. I think it is now too late.

    • Of course no no investigation will occur, liberal Democrats who are in the US government are above the law, everyone knows that.

    • The Arabs are being worse then the SS in training kids to be ruthless. The worst thing about this is that our kids will be facing those kids in combat one of these days.

  2. Cameroon has shut down all mosques and Islamic centres in response to a wave of suicide attacks in the country’s north.

    Cameroonian authorities have ordered all mosques and Islamic centers be shut in northern parts of the west African country, after an increase in suicide attacks.

    “They should have better solutions to their problems. Why is that governor chasing the wrong horse?” asked 70-year-old Aladji Haman from the Maroua central mosque was quoted by Los Angeles Times, citing an AP report.

    Announcing the decision on Sunday, the northern Cameroon temporarily closed its mosques and Islamic schools.

    In addition to the closures, young beggars were also ordered to vacate the streets as all recent suicide bombers were children.

    Gov. Midjiyawa Bakari said the new rules came in response to two incidents in the past week, referring to two suicide attacks by two girls which resulted in killing 31 and wounding tens of people.

    Though no group claimed responsibility for the attacks, finders were pointed as militant group Boko Haram.

    According to the CIA Factbook, Muslims constitute about 20 percent of Cameroon’s total population of 20.5 million.

    Most of them live in northern Cameroon and hail from major tribes such as the Fulani and the Peuhl.

    http://www.worldbulletin.net/africa/162604/cameroon-shuts-down-mosques
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    In Cameroon: Govt. orders closure of mosques, Islamic schools

    Child beggars have also been ordered off the streets due to the latest trend of children being used as suicide bombers

    Mosques and Islamic schools have been ordered by authorities to stop religious activities following suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead.

    Child beggars have also been ordered off the streets due to the latest trend of children being used as suicide bombers, including a 13-yr-old girl who was responsible for the bomb attack on Saturday evening, Associated Press (AP) reports.

    While there have been no claims of responsibility, authorities have blamed the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State group and abducted hundreds of girls and young women.

    The group’s leader has vowed to attack Cameroon because the Central African nation has aided neighbouring Nigeria in its fight to defeat the extremists.

    In the latest attack inside Cameroun, at least 20 people were killed and another 85 wounded Saturday evening in the northern town of Maroua. The suicide bombing came just days after another attack there earlier in the week.

    Governor Midjiyawa Bakari said he was implementing strict measures after stepped up security failed to thwart the second attack. Authorities believe the suicide bombers are coming from neighbouring Nigeria, and the governor has ordered “a census of all visitors in all neighbourhoods”.

    “A curfew will also be in place from 8 pm until 6 am,” he said. The closures and restrictions have provoked some criticism.

    http://pulse.ng/religion/in-cameroon-govt-orders-closure-of-mosques-islamic-schools-id4022640.html

        • Cameroon ‘expels 2,000 Nigerians’ in fight against Boko Haram

          More than 2,000 Nigerians living in Cameroon illegally “rounded up” and expelled in bid to prevent Boko Haram suicide attacks, according to reports

          Cameroon has expelled more than 2,000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources said on Friday.

          Regional newspaper L’Oeil du Sahel reported that about 2,500 Nigerians had been “rounded up” in Kousseri, in the far-north of Cameroon, and sent back to their country on Thursday.

          A source close to regional authorities confirmed that “more than 2,000 ‘irregular’ Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri”.

          The weekly posted a photo on its Facebook page showing several departing trucks crammed with hundreds of passengers.

          A source close to regional authorities confirmed that “more than 2,000 ‘irregular’ Nigerians have been expelled from Kousseri”.

          Mey Aly, an official from a local NGO, said that most of the Nigerians “had fled the atrocities of Boko Haram” to take refuge in Cameroon.

          Thursday’s deportations came just a day after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram.

          Buhari and Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya pledged to strengthen cooperation between their two countries in the fight against the insurgents.

          Between July 12 and July 25, Cameroon’s far north, on the border with Boko Haram’s Nigerian strongholds, suffered three suicide attacks – two in the regional capital, Maroua – leaving at least 44 people dead.

          The Cameroonian border post at Kousseri – which has been hit by two suicide attacks since June – occupies a strategic position, with just a bridge separating it from Chad’s capital N’Djamena.

          Authorities in Cameroon’s far north have taken significant steps to boost security, including banning women from wearing the full face-veil amid fears that suicide bombers could use the garment to conceal explosives.

          “With these attacks, the tone of the authorities has changed,” said a security source in Maroua. “They have asked that foreigners (notably Nigerians) and displaced people in the border areas go home.”

          Some 300 Cameroonian children were removed from their Koranic schools in Maroua and taken back to their villages on Friday, according to a source close to local authorities, as the schools’ managers feared that insurgents could try to use them for suicide attacks.

          Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency in Nigeria has left more than 15,000 people dead since 2009 and has increasingly spread across the country’s borders, with Chad and Cameroon suffering deadly suicide bombings in recent months.

          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/cameroon/11777246/Cameroon-expels-2000-Nigerians-in-fight-against-Boko-Haram.html

  3. BBC – Ethiopia jails Muslims convicted of terror plot

    A court in Ethiopia has sentenced 18 Muslims, including clerics and a journalist, to up to 22 years in prison under controversial anti-terrorism legislation.

    The 18 were convicted last month on charges including terrorism and conspiracy to create an Islamic state.

    They were arrested three years ago over protests against alleged government interference in religious affairs.

    Ethiopia’s government has often been accused of stifling dissent. It denies the allegation.

    […]Ethiopia’s privately owned Addis Standard publication reports on its website that four of the defendants – Abubakar Ahmed, Ahmedin Jebel, Yasin Nuru and Kemal Shmsu – were sentenced to 22 years each in prison.

    The other 14 received sentences ranging from seven years to 18 years, it reports.

    The state-run EBC television station said their sentences would run from when they were first detained.

    The group denied the charges and said they had been mistreated during their detention.

    A section of Ethiopia’s Muslim community staged protests in 2011 and 2012 over several issues, including allegations that the government was interfering in the choice of the main religious body, the Islamic Supreme Council.

    The government denied the allegation.

    Ethiopia is a mainly Coptic Christian country, with a minority Muslim population.

    Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition, led by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, won all parliamentary seats in elections in May. The opposition said the poll was rigged.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-33759946
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    An Ethiopian court jailed Muslim leaders, activists to lengthy terms

    The Ethiopian federal high court fourth criminal bench today sentenced eighteen Ethiopian Muslims including four members of Ethiopian Muslim arbitration committee members, one journalist and thirteen others to a lengthy jail term between seven and 22 years. The eighteen Muslims were charged on counts that include attempted terrorism, conspiracy to establish an Islamic state, and public incitement.

    The court passed a guilty verdict on all of the on July 6th and adjourned the sentencing until Aug. 3rd. Accordingly the first defendants, Abubakar Ahmed, Ahmedin Jebel, Yasin Nuru and Kemal Shmsu were sentenced to 22 years each. Accordingly, defendants Bedru Hussien, Sabir Yirgu, Mohammed Abate, Abubeker Alemu and Munir Hussien were each jailed for 18 years. The court also sentenced Sheik Mekete Muhe, Ahmed Mustefa Sheik Seid Ali, Mubarak Adem and Khalid Ibrahim were jailed for 15 years each; while while defendatns Murad Shikur, Nuru Turki, Sheik Bahiru Omar and Yusuf Gentachew were jailed for less terms of seven years each.

    http://addisstandard.com/an-ethiopian-court-jailed-muslim-leaders-activists-to-lengthy-terms/

  4. Huma Abedin may have ‘delivered favors’ for friends, IG finds

    An investigation may have found evidence a top State Department aide to Hillary Clinton took advantage of government employment rules with potential conflicts of interest and overpayments.

    In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an inspector general probe suggested Huma Abedin leveraged her State Department job to benefit her two other employers at the time: the Clinton Foundation and a consulting firm called Teneo Strategies.

    Teneo Strategies was founded by a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, Douglas Band, and boasted the former president as a paid board member when it first launched in 2011.

    Abedin allegedly sent or received more than 7,000 emails on her government account that involved Band, the letter said.

    As an example of the potential conflicts of interest at play, Grassley cited an email exchange in which Band pressed Abedin to encourage her State Department boss, Hillary Clinton, to facilitate a White House appointment for one of his clients.

    Judith Rodin, the Teneo client in question, was then president of the Rockefeller Foundation, “which donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, a fact which Mr. Band allegedly noted in his email to Ms. Abedin,” the letter said.

    “[E]mail evidence allegedly suggests that Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills shared a desire to find a way to ensure the Department paid for Ms. Abedin’s travel to and from New York,” the letter continued.

    Grassley called into question a $33,000 payment Abedin received from the State Department for leave she hadn’t used.

    The Iowa Republican highlighted multiple allegations received by the Judiciary Committee that indicated Abedin had indeed taken leave during her time as a government employee, casting doubt on whether Abedin should have received $33,000 in taxpayer money.

    Abedin worked as a full-time staffer to Hillary Clinton from January 2009 until June 2012, at which point she was given a “special government employee” designation and soon took on roles at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo.

    That designation is designed to allow individuals who fill “an unmet government need for rare or unique expertise” to retain their private-sector positions while receiving compensation from the government.

    But Abedin has drawn fire for the SGE arrangement that gave her heavy influence over Hillary Clinton’s schedule and travel while allowing her to serve as a senior adviser at Teneo.

    Critics have said the personnel rule was quietly bent to permit Abedin to collect her government paycheck while wielding her influence to the benefit of her other employers.

    For example, Hillary Clinton jetted to Ireland with Abedin at her side for her last official trip as secretary, during which she attended an event hosted by a major Clinton Foundation donor that had been promoted by Teneo.

    The State Department’s inspector general began looking into the issue of Abedin’s SGE designation in 2013, Grassley indicated in a letter to Abedin Thursday.

    “The Committee has learned of allegations that, during your simultaneous employment by the Department of State, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation, you were solicited for and delivered favors for preferred individuals,” Grassley wrote to Abedin.

    Abedin was reportedly among several key aides to Hillary Clinton that hosted email accounts on a private server in the presidential candidate’s New York home in violation of federal records laws.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/clinton-aide-may-have-delivered-favors-for-friends-ig-finds/article/2569447

  5. UK – Immigrants in 20s put in Kent schools with pupils as young as 11

    Immigrants who lie about their age are being placed in Kent schools alongside pupils as young as 11, KentOnline can reveal.

    Headteachers in Canterbury have disclosed that men in their 20s claiming asylum are being dishonest about their ages – prompting concern over the safety of children in schools.

    It is the latest alarming twist in the immigration crisis engulfing Kent as thousands of people pour into the county from the continent each month.

    Education chiefs at Kent County Council insist they are careful about where they send unaccompanied asylum-seeking and will remove any pupils discovered to be adults.

    Michael Walters, the headteacher at St Anselm’s School in Old Dover Road, says children are being deposited in schools in a “random and haphazard” way with very little known about their backgrounds.

    When contacted, he described instances when schools had been told to expect pupils “who were 15 or 16 only to find that they were clearly 20 or 21”.

    Mr Walters said: “While we have great sympathy with those unaccompanied asylum seekers who arrive in England in need of education and support, this does present a difficult position for schools.

    “We are being asked to admit pupils to our schools with very little information about them. Sometimes there is doubt about where they have come from, and even what age they are.”

    St Anselm’s, which is a Catholic school, currently has one unaccompanied asylum-seeking child.

    Mr Walters says the majority come from or claim to come from war-torn countries in the Middle East.

    […]“I believe that there have to be serious questions asked in some cases about the wisdom of immediately placing these children into mainstream educational settings.”

    […]Last year 130 unaccompanied children turned up in Kent with most found in the back of lorries.

    http://linkis.com/www.kentonline.co.uk/hYcxU

  6. GERMANY – Close to 400 LEGIDA and PEGIDA supporters marched through the streets of Leipzig, Monday, to protest against the German government and to demand that no more refugees and asylum seekers be allowed to enter the country. Nearly 800 counter-protesters followed the march chanting against the LEGIDA and PEGIDA supporters.

  7. Syria crisis: US ‘support fire’ to defend American-trained fighters (BBC, Aug 3, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33762448

    “US air power has been used for the first time to defend US-trained forces fighting in Syria, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed.

    Capt Jeff Davis said “defensive support fire” was provided last Friday.

    This was during clashes between the Free Syrian Army, fighting alongside US-trained members of the New Syria Force, and suspected al-Nusra fighters.

    Capt Davis said the US would provide defensive fire support to the NSF “no matter whom they came up against”.

    Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described as “counter-productive” US comments that Washington could take extra measures to defend the US-trained Syrian rebels.

    Speaking at a news conference in Qatar, Mr Lavrov said this “could complicate the task of fighting terrorism” in Syria….”

  8. UK’s Soma Oil & Gas faces Somalia payments probe (BBC, Aug 3, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33766676

    “A British oil company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars which went to senior Somali civil servants, according to a UN report seen by the BBC.

    UN investigators say the payments by Soma Oil & Gas amount in some cases to “acts that undermine Somali public institutions through corruption”.

    The Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into the allegations.

    The firm, which is chaired by former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard, denies any wrongdoing.

    The report details payments totalling $490,000 (£315,000) from Soma Oil & Gas to the Somali Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, beginning in June 2014.

    The money was part of a “capacity building programme” which was ostensibly intended to cover the salaries of a small number of experts, including geologists and geoscientists.

    In reality though, the United Nations investigators say the scheme appears to have been used to “fund systematic payoffs to senior ministerial officials”, some of whom were “instrumental in both securing the company’s initial contract, and negotiating subsequent agreements”.

    One recipient of money under the scheme was Dr Farah Abdi Hassan, the director general of the ministry. He received $36,000 (£23,000) over a period of 12 months – about three times his Somali government salary, which investigators say he continued to draw….”

  9. Yemen conflict: President Hadi loyalists storm key air base (BBC, Aug 3, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33762443

    “Pro-government forces in Yemen have launched a major offensive to oust Houthi rebels from an air base north of the port of Aden, military sources say.

    They say a number of rebels were killed as troops loyal to President Mansour Abdrabbuh Hadi and militia units stormed the strategic southern base.

    Al-Anad, 60km (37 miles) from Aden, had previously housed US troops overseeing drone attacks on al-Qaeda in Yemen.

    Government forces have recently made gains against the Houthis….”

  10. Islamic State crisis: UK to extend air strikes over Iraq (BBC, Aug 4, 2015)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33762564

    “The UK is to extend air strikes by RAF Tornados against the Islamic State group by an extra year, to March 2017, the defence secretary has said.

    Michael Fallon, who is on a visit to Iraq, said the British jets had helped Iraqi forces on the ground to push IS militants out of key towns.

    “We want to ensure we maintain this crucial operational tempo,” he said.

    But he ruled out the possibility of Western ground troops joining the fight and said Iraq had not requested this.

    The squadron of Tornado GR4 fighter bombers – Number 12 Squadron – was due to be disbanded in March and replaced with a squadron of Typhoon air defence fighters.

    But, following the launch of air strikes against IS last September, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the Tornadoes would carry on until March 2016 so they could continue in their specialist ground-attack role….”

  11. Iraqi official says Maliki’s government wasted $1 trillion of Iraqi funds

    Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs, Bahaa al-Aaraji, said the former government of Nouri al-Maliki has wasted around $1 trillion of public funds.

    “The former government (of Maliki) has wasted around $1 trillion. $800 billion came from Iraq’s oil budget since 2004 till 2014 while $200 billion came from donations and aid,” Aaraji told reporters on Friday according to a report by Asharq al-Awsat.

    “There are no final accounts to know how these funds were spent and there are also no projects or any achievements that can show how this money was used,” he added.

    Commenting on the recent Iraqi protests over poor services and power outages, Aaraji expressed the importance of having a strategy for public services and said former Iraqi governments’ lack of strategy is what led to the deterioration of services.

    “Former governments did not have a strategy in regards to establishing power plants, maintaining their quality or securing distribution of electric power.

    The previous government of Maliki (which governed for eight years) did not have a strategy regarding investment and didn’t even believe in it. This is in contrast to us because we’ve currently begun investment projects in several governorates,” Aaraji said.

    He said “the only problem which Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi faces is that he wants to work but no one stands by him or backs him up.”

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/08/03/Iraqi-official-says-Maliki-s-government-wasted-1-trillion-of-Iraqi-funds.html

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