1. Migrant crisis: Turkey police seize fake life jackets
Police in Turkey say they have confiscated more than 1,000 fake life jackets made for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.
Officers raided a workshop in the port of Izmir, where they say they found life jackets stuffed with packaging rather than buoyancy aids.
The four workers making the jackets included two young Syrian girls.
On Tuesday, the bodies of 34 migrants were found along Turkey’s coast. Many were wearing life jackets.
Several children were among the dead.
Angela Merkel attended a meeting on Wednesday with representatives of the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), after a tense previous appearance in November alongside state premier Horst Seehofer.
Meeting with CSU representatives in the Bavarian town of Wildbad Kreuth, Merkel again rejected proposals for capping the number of refugees allowed into Germany in 2016.
“There exist some varying positions. That will probably not change in the discussion today,” Merkel said, referring to CSU chief Horst Seehofer’s desire to implement a natiowide ceiling of 200,000 refugees this year.
Seehofer himself said people shouldn’t expect him and the chancellor to reach an agreement on the issue, telling reporters to forget the idea that “we’re going to have a completely new refugee policy” by tonight. “I stand by my claim that we need a change in refugee policy this year,” he said.
Other CSU officials, such as the party’s Bundestag chairwoman Gerda Hasselfeldt, echoed Seehofer’s comments. “That is a benchmark that makes it clear: We need a stronger limit,” Hasselfeldt said, referring to the proposed cap.
3. Tommy Robinson on the mass molestation and robbery of German girls in 3 or 4 cities on New Years Eve
More than a million refugees entered Europe last year
Fears the pair, who claimed to be Syrian refugees, were linked to jihadis were raised after anti-terrorism officers found images of violence and war on their smartphones.
The pair, understood to be brother and sister, were arrested at Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa, Italy, while trying to board a plane for London.
The 31-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were promptly arrested after police found their travel documents were forged.
It’s not very likely that any of the men who harassed dozens of women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve will be convicted, says Cologne-based criminal lawyer Nikolaos Gazeas.
DW: Identifying the men who may have participated in the sexual assaults, harassment and thefts in Cologne on New Year’s Eve is proving to be a problem. If you don’t know who they are, the chances of arresting them are almost nil, right?
Nikolaos Gazeas: That’s true. The chances of convicting even one of the perpetrators are slight.
All the same, what is needed in order to take penal action in these cases of massive sexual assault, even including theft in many cases?
6. Ottawa Canada Shiia protest the execution of a cleric in Saudi Arabia
(I wonder if these fake liberals protesting the “atrocious crimes of the Saudis” would equally condemn the hanging of homosexuals from cranes in Iran for being homosexuals or the torture of Christian converts in Evin prison for converting to Christianity?)
7. What Pisses Me Off About The Germany Rape Attacks
(This is really, really good)
A man has been charged with attempted murder following what police call an unprovoked attack on another man near Toronto’s Eaton Centre Wednesday afternoon.
Arlington Thompson, 35, also faces charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon. Police say the man had a 30-centimetre machete, which he allegedly used in the attack. Police say the man also had a 20-centimetre hunting knife. Police now have both weapons. […]
A witness, Terence Yip, who works in technological support and maintenance for CBC, told CBC News that he was heading south on Bay Street when he heard yelling. He said one man was swinging at a man who was holding a guitar. Yip said a woman was yelling for police. He said a lot of people were in the area at the time.
Yip also tweeted that the attacker, a black man, yelled “F–k white people” before allegedly attacking the victim, who is white. He said the alleged attacker’s machete was “probably the length of my arm. It was pretty big, a substantial weapon.”
9. Cologne attack ‘left me scarred for life’ – BBC News
(Nauseatingly spun for the narrative)
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12. David Petraeus provides classified testimony on Benghazi