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  1. Pakistan Executes Man Who Was a Juvenile When Arrested (abcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “A Pakistani prison official says authorities have executed a man who was reportedly a juvenile at the time of his arrest in a murder case, according to an international rights group.

    The official, Omar Farooq, says Ansar Iqbal was executed on Tuesday at a prison in Sargodha, a city in the eastern Punjab province. He says Iqbal’s body has been handed over to his family for burial.

    On Monday, Maya Foa, an official with the rights group Reprieve, appealed on Pakistan not to hang Iqbal, saying that he was a juvenile at the time of his arrest.

    Pakistan has executed 239 convicts since lifting a 2008 moratorium on executions following last December’s Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar that killed 150 people, mostly children.”

  2. Syria conflict: Russia considers joining anti-IS air strikes (BBC, Sep 29, 2015)

    “Russia is considering whether to follow the US and its allies in conducting air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets, President Vladimir Putin says.

    Mr Putin spoke after meeting Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

    But the meeting, and the leaders’ speeches at the UNGA, also highlighted splits about how to end the Syrian war.

    Russia said it would be an “enormous mistake” not to work with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to tackle IS…”

  3. Afghan forces prepare counter-attack on Taliban in Kunduz (BBC, Sep 29, 2015)

    “Afghan forces have arrived at Kunduz airport in preparation for a counter-attack on the embattled city, which was seized by the Taliban on Monday.

    An operation would be launched in the coming hours, a spokesman for the Kunduz provincial police told the BBC.

    Troops and officials retreated to the airport after militants overran the northern city capturing buildings and freeing hundreds from jail.

    The attack comes as President Ashraf Ghani completes one year in office…”

  4. US Military Launches Strike on Afghan City Taken by Taliban (abcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban the previous day.

    U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, spokesman for the U.S. and NATO missions in Afghanistan, says the airstrike early Tuesday was conducted “in order to eliminate a threat to the force.”

    The city fell Monday with the Taliban overrunning government buildings and hoisting their flag in the city square.

    Sarwar Hussaini, a provincial police spokesman, says Afghan forces have launched an operation on several fronts around Kunduz to try and retake the city.

    Kunduz is the first city seized by the Taliban since their regime was overthrown in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001. The city’s fall comes as President Ashraf Ghani marks one year office.”

  5. Militant Group IS Says It Gunned Down Italian in Bangladesh (abcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for gunning down an Italian citizen on the street in the diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh’s capital, according to an intelligence group monitoring jihadist threats.

    The claim by the Sunni extremist group could not immediately be verified independently, but if confirmed would mark the group’s first attack in the secular South Asian nation. Bangladesh has been struggling in recent months with the rapid rise of hardline Islamist groups, banning several that have been blamed in the killing of four bloggers this year…”

  6. Yemen Houthis say airstrikes killed 131 at wedding (CNN, Sep 29, 2015)

    “(CNN)At least 131 people were killed and scores were wounded in airstrikes on a wedding ceremony in Taiz province in southwestern Yemen, the Houthi-controlled state-run Saba news agency said.

    Three Yemeni security officials and Saba said the Saudi-led coalition conducted the airstrikes Monday. Saudi officials, however, denied responsibility.

    “We don’t have any operations in that area,” said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri, a coalition spokesman….”

  7. More Than 30 Kurdish Rebels Killed in Iraq Raid by Turkey (abcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “Turkey’s president says more than 30 Kurdish rebels have been killed overnight in a cross-border military operation in northern Iraq.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Tuesday that about 2,000 rebels have been killed in military offensives both in northern Iraq and in Turkey since violence between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and the security forces flared up in July.

    Erdogan vowed to keep up the fight against the rebels saying “there will be no complacency.””

  8. Magyar news this morning:
    -expecting 11k people by the end of day from croatia this will be a record
    – people wearing summer clothes but it is getting cold
    -most not prepared for European cold weather
    -when given warm clothes they throw them by the roadside once the day warms up
    -expecting 20 more buses this afternoon
    -of 28 member states Hungary will be the first to use up all funds provided by EU for migrant care
    -Croatia trying to stuff as many migrants into Hungary before the fence is finished

  9. IRAN – Eight players from Iran’s female team ‘not fully women’

    Iran’s national women’s team has come under fire this week after it emerged that eight players of the group were not females, according to Al Arabiya News Channel’s Arabic language website.

    “[Eight players] have been playing with Iran’s female team without completing sex change operations,” Mojtabi Sharifi, an official close to the Iranian league, said during an interview with the Iranian website Young Journalists Club. The proportion of players in the team who were born men was not known.

    Sharifi, who did not mention the name of the players, but said that some of them have played as men their entire career but only revealed their gender on the last day of their duty.

    He added that Iran’s football governing body was entirely responsible for the scandal which he described as “unethical”

    The country’s football governing body did not react to Sharifi’s comments.

    Doubts regarding the gender of some apparently female players in Iran have existed for a long time, with suspicions raised about a goalkeeper back in 2010.

  10. Reuters – U.S. sanctions Islamic State supporters, targets finances

    The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday against more than 30 Islamic State leaders, financial figures, supporters and affiliated groups in an effort to block the militants from the international financial system.

    The Treasury Department announced sanctions against 15 Islamic State figures, including those it identified as supporters and facilitators.

    The State Department designated 10 individuals and five groups as foreign terrorist fighters, including citizens of France, Britain, a designation that imposes sanctions and penalties on terrorists, it said in a statement.

    The announcements represent a “real ramp-up” in the effort to block Islamic State from the international financial system, a senior U.S. official told reporters on a conference call.

    “Treasury remains relentless about depleting ISIL’s financial strength and denying this violent terrorist group access to the international financial system,” Adam J. Szubin, acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement, using an acronym for the group.

    The State Department designations included Islamic State’s Khorasan and Caucuses affiliates, as well as Islamic State-linked groups operating in Indonesia and Algeria.

    The newly designated individuals include citizens of Britain, France, Russia, Syria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

    Several of the people targeted by Treasury were among the four British citizens added to the United Nations’ al Qaeda sanctions list Monday, it said.

    The diverse nationalities highlight the global nature of the Islamic State threat, a second U.S. official said on the conference call.
    They will face travel bans and a freeze on assets

    The U.K. has submitted the names of four British jihadists fighting with or recruiting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to the U.N. list of people facing international sanctions for their role in supporting the terror group.

    The four new names added to the U.N. sanctions list list are Omar Hussain, Nasser Methane, Aqsa Mahmood and Sally-Anne Jones, a 46-year-old convert to Islam and one-time punk rock musician nicknamed the “punk jihadi” in the British tabloid press. Each will face a travel ban and a freeze on assets, though neither penalty will have much impact, at least in the near future, on jihadists who intend to continue operating within ISIS, reports the BBC.

    The additions mark the first since 2006 that the U.K. has added named to the U.N. sanctions list, which includes 231 individuals and 72 organizations. According to British law enforcement, at least 700 people have traveled from Britain to the Middle East to support the Islamic State, half of whom have returned to the UK.

  11. SAUDI ARABIA – Mecca – Saudi police catch man sexually harassing women performing Hajj ritual in Mina

    Sexual harasser nabbed at Jamarat

    MINA — A sexual harasser of Asian origin was nabbed, investigated and tried in a matter of 180 minutes only, local daily Al-Madina reported on Saturday. The harasser, who was not identified by name, was caught by the undercover police touching women while they were throwing stones at the Satan. The secret police took him to the station where he was interrogated by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) and sentenced by a judge at the site. The newspaper said the police noticed that the harasser came to the Jamarat several times and each time he would go to the crowded areas to come close to women pilgrims. He admitted his crime and was handed over to the concerned authorities to serve a jail sentence and lashes. The daily, however, did not specify the sentence.

  12. CANADA – Ottawa – Three taxi drivers appear in court on parkway protest violence charges

    Two of three taxi drivers charged with public mischief and possessing a dangerous weapon in connection with the attack on a passing Blue Line Taxi cab during a protest on the Airport Parkway are related to the president of the union unit representing Airport-brand taxis, according to sources.

    The men, Ali Abdullah Monahi, 54, Abdulrazzak Albert Madi, 60, and Jalal Madi, 21, appeared via video link Friday and were released on conditions that included not being able to be in possession of weapons, they must remain away from the Ottawa Airport and they cannot interact with any Blue Line cabs. They also must remain at least one kilometre away from 455 Coventry Rd., the headquarters for Blue Line and its parent company, Coventry Connections.

    The three are each charged with one count of mischief over $5,000 and one count of possessing a dangerous weapon.

    They are scheduled to appear in court next on Sept. 28.

    The three are accused of attacking a passing Blue Line Taxi and smashing the rear window as it drove past the protesters and accelerated away. The assault was captured on camera by another passerby and posted on YouTube.

    Of the three men, two are related to Abed Madi, president of Unifor’s local representing Airport Taxi drivers, according to multiple sources. Albert Madi, Abed’s brother, and Jalal Madi, Abed’s son, both turned themselves in to police Thursday.

    This is dash cam video from inside an Ottawa taxi that is servicing Ottawa International Airport, 8 Sept. 2015.

    • EU First Vice-President Frans Timmermans recalls his visit to Kos and conversations with migrants

      …. 4000 Muslim terrorists infiltrated as refugees

    • Asylum Seeker Arrested in Denmark After Police Stabbing

      Copenhagen, Denmark: Danish police on Tuesday arrested a Palestinian man suspected of stabbing a policeman at the country’s largest reception centre for asylum seekers, which had sparked a manhunt in the area.

      The officer was critically wounded after being stabbed three times in the stomach, but after surgery his condition was stable.

      “The case is being investigated as an attempted homicide,” local police said in a statement.

      The suspect was a stateless Palestinian man born in 1990 who was about to be deported from the country. It is unclear how long he has spent in Denmark, or where the authorities planned to deport him to.

      Earlier in the day a large area had been cordoned off around the former military barracks at Center Sandholm, Denmark’s largest facility for asylum seekers, which currently houses around 600 people.

      The centre, which lies around 20 kilometres (12 miles) northwest of Copenhagen, receives newly-arrived asylum seekers as well as those who have had their applications rejected and are due to leave the country.

      Since Europe’s refugee crisis began spilling into Denmark on September 6, at least 17,700 migrants have entered the country, according to police figures, but most have continued to neighbouring Sweden which has a more generous asylum policy.

      Over the past three weeks, around 100 people have been applying for asylum each day, the Danish Immigration Service said.

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  13. SYRIA – Foreign fighters 70% up says Ban

    (ANSA) – New York, September 29 – The number of foreign fighters joining jihadi groups like ISIS has risen by 70% and they are coming from more than 100 countries, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday. “The threat posed by extremist groups like ISIS is growing,” Ban told a terrorism summit hosted by US President Barack Obama.

  14. Number of Egyptian minor migrants is alarmingly high: IOM

    62% of irregular Egyptian migrants to Italy are minors searching for better living conditions elsewhere, says International Organization for Migration

    The regional director for the International Organization for Migration, Omar Taha, said on Tuesday that Egypt has an alarmingly high percentage of minors irregularly migrating to Europe.

    In an interview with Aswat Masriya, Omar added that Italy received 4000 migrants in 2014, 2000 of who were minors without their parents or relatives.

    Taha further explained that that the percentage slightly increased during the first six months of 2015, with the number of irregular child migrants rising to 62%.

    He also called for the establishment of shelters, health care and education centres in Egypt to receive the migrants upon their arrival back to the country.

    High unemployment rates in Egypt and the political unrest in neighboring countries has led to an increase of irregular migration to Europe. The absence of a strict punishment for smugglers has also contributed to the high migration rate among youth in Egypt.

    The chairman of the Egyptian National Commission against Illegal Migration, Naela Gabr, previously warned of the increasing number of irregular, unaccompanied child migrants. She added that some southern European countries’ laws allow minor migrants residency until they reach the age of 18, thus resulting in the number of minor migrants surpassing that of migrants between the ages of 18-35.

    Gabr also said in an interview with Aswat Masriya that the national commission previously drafted a law to combat irregular migration and the smuggling of migrants. However, she added that Egyptian law does not yet criminalise irregular migration.

    Gabr said that the law that was submitted to the transitional justice department during former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s first government criminalises irregular migration and imposes sentences of up to 25 years in jail for the smugglers in the case of the death of migrants.

    According to the International Labour Organization, out of the total number of global migrants, the percentage of irregular migrants in the world is between 10-15%. The number of irregular migrants in Europe is estimated by the International Organization for Migration to be around 1.5 million people while the European border control organisation Frontex announced that the number of irregular migrants has increased by 250% during the first two months of 2015.

    Large numbers of migrants from African and Middle Eastern countries have been attempting to cross the Mediterranean in recent years, primarily from the Libyan coastline, in order to reach Europe. Many are refugees fleeing war or persecution, while others are migrants searching for employment.

    Egyptians and people from other nationalities are regularly arrested by Egyptian authorities while trying to illegally cross its borders.

  15. Iraq and Nigeria Plead for More Counter-Terror Help at United Nations (nbcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “The leaders of Iraq and Nigeria on Tuesday asked for more international support of their efforts to stem the spread of Islamic extremism that is feeding ISIS and its African affiliate, Boko Haram.

    Their pleas came during a United Nations summit led by President Obama in which representatives of dozens of countries shared ideas on how to counter the recruitment of would-be terrorists around the world, stanch the flow of those radicalized young people into Syria and Iraq, and block supporters from sending money to the extremist groups…”

  16. German States Lower Housing Standards Amid Migrant Influx (abcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze.

    Smaller, in fact, than what’s permitted for a German shepherd dog….”

  17. Hajj stampede: Saudi officials clarify toll after questions (BBC, Sep 29, 2015)

    “Saudi officials have denied reports that more than 1,000 people were killed in a stampede near Mecca last week while undertaking the Hajj pilgrimage.

    A Nigerian official told the BBC the bodies of 1,075 victims had been taken to mortuaries in the city of Jeddah – higher than the official toll of 769.

    Other countries also said they had been sent the photos of some 1,090 bodies…”

  18. At U.N., Hungary Defends Blocking Migrants, Says Fences Not ‘For Fun’ (nbcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “UNITED NATIONS — Hungary’s foreign minister on Tuesday rejected criticism of his country’s handling of migrants fleeing to Europe from war zones and said the decision to build fences on its borders was not done “for fun,” but to protect the European Union.

    Thousands of refugees cross the border daily to Hungary, a landlocked country of 10 million and an eastern outpost of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, and hope to travel on to Germany or northern Europe.

    “This is not a refugee crisis or a migrant crisis, it’s a mass popular movement with an unlimited supply of people,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters at the United Nations on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders.

    “Europe is not in shape to take hundreds of thousands of migrants and it is a mistake for certain EU countries to make statements encouraging them to come to Europe.”….”

  19. Taliban Tighten Hold on Afghan City Despite US Airstrikes (abcnews, Sep 29, 2015)

    “A day after a strategic northern city fell to the Taliban, the insurgents fanned out in full force Tuesday, closing roads, throwing up checkpoints and torching government buildings as fearful residents huddled indoors amid signs a promised Afghan counteroffensive was faltering.

    U.S. warplanes carried out two airstrikes on Taliban positions, but government ground troops sent to try to retake Kunduz, one of Afghanistan’s wealthiest cities, were stalled by roadblocks and ambushes, unable to move closer than about a mile (two kilometers) toward their target.

    A NATO officer said more airstrikes were unlikely as “all the Taliban are inside the city and so are all the people.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief media on the issue…”

  20. U.S. judge dismisses Sept. 11 victims’ case against Saudi Arabia
    NEW YORK, Sept 29

    A U.S. judge on Tuesday dismissed claims against Saudi Arabia by families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, who accused the country of providing material support to al Qaeda.

    U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said Saudi Arabia had sovereign immunity from damage claims by families of nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks, and from insurers that covered losses suffered by building owners and businesses.

  21. Mark Zuckerberg caught admitting to plans to censor anti-migrant posts

    Facebook thought police to censor “anti-migrant” posts
    By Alex Thomas

    (INTELLIHUB) — In yet another startling example of Facebook’s increasing power to control public thought, the CEO of the massive social media network was recently caught on mic discussing his plans to censor posts that the sites thought police deem anti-migrant.

    The discussion, between Zuckerberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was caught on a hot mic during sideline discussions at the United Nations. Merkel can be heard pressing Zuckerberg about what she deemed to be “anti-migrant” posts on the social media site after which the Facebook CEO makes clear that his site is working on censoring them.

    “We need to do some work,” Zuckerberg stated in response to a question by Merkel about what she deems to be hate posts on Facebook.

    “Are you working on this?” Merkel asks in English. “Yeah,” Zuckerberg responds before being cut off as introductory remarks for the United Nations development summit in New York begin.

    Right on que, media outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg claimed that the pair were discussing the curtailing of racist hate posts on Facebook, despite the fact that no actual policy as to what is an isn’t allowed on the site in regards to the migrant crisis has been revealed to the public.

    With Facebook’s long history of supporting left wing ideas and censoring alternative media content, one can only imagine that Zuckerberg meant any Facebook post criticizing allowing millions of refugees into Europe would be removed.

    As Mikael Thalen of notes, “Only just last week, an article by Infowars’ Kit Daniels examining the pope’s controversial comments on mass immigration was pulled and barred from Facebook without explanation.”

    “Since the migrant crisis began, news outlets across the globe have both covered up crucial facts, specifically NATO’s responsibility in destabilizing Syria, and gone out of their way to outright ignore any stories that highlight the criminal acts of migrants.”

    The power that Facebook now has in controlling and shaping public thought is a direct threat to freedom worldwide, especially considering Zuckerberg’s detailed hard left beliefs. And now the social media giant is apparently in the process of curtailing free speech throughout their website, all in the name of political correctness and the belief that they are the all encompassing thought police.

  22. UK LONDON – Morden: Baitul Futuh Mosque fire ‘not an attack on Islam’ says Scotland Yard

    The fire that tore through buildings at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden was not an attack on Islam, police believe. Ten fire engines and 70 fire fighters and officers battled the blaze at one Europe’s biggest mosques on 26 Setember.

    The fire affected the administration building and associated halls next to the mosque. The ancillary building suffered extensive damage to its ground floor, first floor and roof. About 30 people fled the building before London Fire Brigade arrived. Crews from New Malden, Wandsworth, Tooting, Sutton, Mitcham, Norbury and other surrounding fire stations also attended the incident.

    One man believed to have been in his 40s was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation but others attending the mosque were unhurt. On Sunday, 27 September, two males – aged 14 and 16 – were arrested on suspicion of arson, the youngest of whom was bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early January while the other was released and will face no further action.

    The building was completed in 2003 and is estimated to have cost £5.5m ($8.4m)to build and the mosque can accommodate 10,500 worshippers. A Met Police statement ruled out the fire was started as part of a hate crime. “While enquiries into the circumstances continue, there is nothing to suggest at this stage that this is a hate crime,” it read.

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