An Egyptian court has sentenced three Coptic Christian teenagers to five years in prison for insulting Islam after they appeared in a video apparently mocking Muslim prayers.
A fourth defendant was sent to a juvenile detention centre by the court in the central province of Minya.
The teenagers argued they were mocking beheadings by the Islamic State group.
Egypt’s Christians have long complained of discrimination in the predominantly Muslim country.
The four teenagers were convicted by the court in the city of Beni Mazar on Thursday.
Security was stepped up around the court building, with a number of police vehicles reportedly deployed in the area.
Saudi warplanes sent to support the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition have been scheduled to arrive at ?ncirlik Air Base in Turkey’s southeastern province of Adana on Feb. 26, private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported.
The report said advance guards had already arrived at the base as of Feb. 25.
Four F-15E Strike Eagle jets will also arrive at the base, in support of the U.S.-led coalition.
I have no idea what is going on here but it looks tense.
Greece recalled its ambassador from Austria on Thursday and warned it would not be treated as “Europe’s Lebanon” as the migrant crisis strained relations between EU states to breaking point.
Talks between European Union (EU) interior ministers in Brussels descended into chaos due to the row over Austria’s decision to call a western Balkans meeting this week without inviting Greece.
The EU’s attempts to forge a unified response to the biggest migration crisis in its history are fraying as individual 28 member states increasingly take matters into their own hands to protect their borders.
The Greek foreign ministry hit out at what it called “19th-century” attitudes and said the envoy’s recall was designed to “safeguard friendly relations between the states and peoples of Greece and Austria”.
(A complete read of this article helps shed light on the meaning of the video above)
Perhaps their first lesson could consist of teaching federal law regarding “improper entry” into the country.
On the heels of Democrats pushing new legislation in New York City to allow illegal immigrants to vote, the state Education Department has announced they will allow illegals to become certified as school teachers.
Via the Press & Sun Bulletin:
Undocumented immigrants in New York will be able to apply for teacher certifications and professional licenses, the state Board of Regents said.
(A suggestion for the state of New York. You could cut your mugging rate to zero overnight if you just rename it as ‘forced purchase or loans’ and accuse the mugged person of hoarding)
13. Tony Blair and Countering Violent Extremism: The VICE News Interview
Thank you M., Richard, Wrath of Khan, Maria J., Oz-Rita, and many more. There was an interesting, perhaps nearly unbelievable event in Denmark yesterday. Will post on that late this aft. or early this evening.
More to come.