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  1. Memo: Norway ‘not mentally prepared’ for refugees’ impact

    “The Norwegian psyche is likely not mentally prepared for the full gravity of the migration crisis. That also applies to its costs and impacts on other budget and policy areas. It may be difficult to avoid higher unemployment and increased social welfare costs in 2017,” the memo stated.

    The memo also warns that new terror attacks are likely and that the refugee crisis has hit the point where “the limit for what residents and authorities in European countries can absorb is either already reached or imminent”.

  2. Two Afghan migrants are arrested for ‘sexually assaulting’ two young girls at a German swimming pool where a group of schoolgirls had previously been molested by refugees

    Two migrants have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls at a public swimming baths in northern Germany.

    The Afghan asylum seekers, aged 14 and 34, had reportedly molested the teenagers at a popular aquatics centre in Norderstedt, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein.

    The alleged victims, aged 14 and 18, were reportedly assaulted on Sunday near the water slide at the main pool of the town’s Arriba baths complex.

  3. UK to send troops to Tunisia to help stop ISIS crossing Libyan border (reuters, Mar 1, 2016)

    “Britain is to send troops to Tunisia to help prevent Islamic State fighters from moving into the country from Libya, the British defence minister has said.

    “A training team of some 20 troops from the 4th Infantry Brigade is now moving to Tunisia to help to counter illegal cross-border movement from Libya in support of the Tunisian authorities,” Michael Fallon told Parliament on Monday.

    The move comes after growing Western concern that Islamic State (IS) is seeking to use Libya as a base to plan and carry out attacks. Last June, 30 British holidaymakers were killed when an Islamist gunman attacked a beach at a hotel on Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast.

    “I … am extremely concerned about the proliferation of Daesh (IS) along the Libyan coastline, which is why we have been urgently assisting the formation of a new Libyan government,” Fallon said.”

  4. Islamic State ‘kills eight Dutch deserters in Syria’ (BBC, Mar 1, 2016)

    “The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has killed eight Dutch militants it accused of attempting to desert and mutiny, a Syrian activist group says.

    The men were killed last week in Maadan, a town in the northern province of Raqqa, a member of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) reported.

    They were arrested after clashes erupted between a 75-strong Dutch unit and and an IS unit from Iraq.

    Some 200 people from the Netherlands are believed to have joined IS.

    Many have travelled to the city of Raqqa, which has become the de facto capital of the caliphate whose formation IS proclaimed in 2014 after taking control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.

    RBSS reported on Monday that tensions between the Dutch unit, based in the Furusiya district of Raqqa, and the Iraqi units had escalated rapidly over the past month…”

  5. Chemical terrorism now a reality, extremists getting real warfare agents – Lavrov (RT, Mar 1, 2016)

    “Chemical terrorism is now a reality, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes, as extremists from Islamic State and other terrorist groups now possess the technical capabilities to produce ‘proper chemical war agents.’

    The threat of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of non-government groups is widely recognized, the Russian Foreign Minister said.

    The issue emerged in light of evidence that militants from Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist groups not only repeatedly used “toxic industrial chemicals,” but also “proper chemical warfare agents,” Lavrov said. He added there is a growing threat of similar crimes being committed in Libya and Yemen.

    There is intelligence about terrorist groups acquiring access to scientific and technical documentation for the production of chemical weapons, and seizing equipment needed for such production, according to Lavrov. This involves foreign specialists in order to master the synthesis of chemical warfare agents….”

  6. ‘We will participate’: Saudi military admits US coalition mulling ground invasion in Syria (RT, Mar 1, 2016)

    “Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that the US-led anti-ISIS coalition has held a “political” discussion about a potential ground troop deployment in Syria. Riyadh’s statements have been criticized by Damascus as destructive and a threat to regional security.

    In an interview with Reuters, an aide to Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, confirmed that defense ministers from the anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) coalition debated placing ground troops on the ground in Syria during a ministerial meeting in Brussels last month.

    “It was discussed two weeks ago in Brussels,” Asseri said, clarifying that the discussions took place on the “political” level only without going into details of a potential “military mission.”

    The general stressed that if the decision is made, Saudis would be more than willing to contribute troops – a move that Syria strongly warned against on a number of occasions. Asseri also acknowledged that Riyadh has been working on the military implementation of a possible Syria invasion.

    “Once this is organized, and decided how many troops and how they will go and where they will go, we will participate in that,” he said.

    “We need to discuss at the military level very extensively with the military experts to make sure that we have a plan.”

    The Saudi general stressed that for the time being, the Kingdom’s air force is ready to strike Islamic State targets from Turkey’s Incirlik air base, where four Saudi fighter jets were deployed last month.

    Washington also confirmed Saudi Arabia’s’ willingness to strike targets in Syria, with State Department spokesman John Kirby saying that the US would welcome the Kingdom’s participation…”

  7. Paris police armed with assault rifles after November attacks (france24, Mar 1, 2016)

    “Parisian police will be given assault rifles and Kalashnikov-resistant shields in a first for the French capital’s officers, nearly four months after a devastating terror attack killed 130 people, the interior minister said on Monday.

    The weapons, up until now reserved for elite intervention forces, will allow members of certain police units “to intervene as fast as possible to reinforce the first patrols, notably when we are confronted with mass killings”, said the minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

    “Some of the criminals you are confronted with no longer hesitate to use heavy weapons against you, and you must be equipped with the means to fire back, and adequate protection,” Cazeneuve told officers at a Parisian police station.

    The anti-criminal (BAC) police units, who most often operate in plain clothes, will be given 204 Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, 1,800 bulletproof vests and 241 shields that are resistant to Kalashnikov bullets.

    The new equipment, which also includes Taser guns and other items, is worth €17m (£13.3m/US$18m).

    The boosting of police capability comes after jihadist gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide bombs attacked a concert hall and several restaurants and cafes around Paris on 13 November, killing 130 and leaving hundreds injured.

    A member of the BAC police units – armed with a handgun – was the first to arrive on scene at the Bataclan concert hall, where he shot dead one of the jihadists who killed 90 people during a show.

    However, he was forced to retreat and await specialised police officers as he was not sufficiently equipped against the two attackers still alive in the building.

    The devastating attack saw authorities put in place a state of emergency, which has been extended until the end of May.”

  8. Russia pledges continued support in equipping the Afghan forces (khaama, Mar 1, 2016)

    “Russia has pledged continued support in equipping and training of the Afghan national security forces, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

    The renewed commitment by Moscow comes days after the Afghan security forces received 10,000 Ak-47 assault rifles and ammunition as part of Russia’s contribution to support the Afghan troops in fight against terrorism.

    “A large batch of Russian small arms and ammunition for the needs of the Afghan Interior Ministry has been delivered to Afghanistan gratis through the Russian Interior Ministry,” according to a statement by Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

    The statement further added “In view of this, the Afghan authorities have expressed gratitude to the Russian leadership.”

    “We reaffirm our readiness to continue cooperation with Afghanistan in fighting against terrorism and the drug threat both on the bilateral basis and in cooperation with foreign partners and international organizations,” the statement added.

    “We will continue to render assistance to Kabul in establishing and equipping the combat-capable national security forces, in training the personnel for the Afghan law enforcement agencies, including on the basis of specialized Russian universities and colleges.” the statement said.

    The Afghan government has stepped up efforts to reach out to the regional countries in a bid to attract support to the Afghan national security forces.

    Meanwhile, Russia is looking to step in to support the Afghan government and security forces amid concerns that the terror groups, particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists, are trying to establish safe havens in the country, a move that could endanger the Central Asian countries.”

  9. China pledges over $70 million to support the Afghan military (khaama, Mar 1, 2016)

    “China has pledged more than $70 million to support the military sector of Afghanistan, the Office of the President – ARG Palace said.

    The latest commitment by Beijing to support the Afghanistan military followed during a visit to Afghanistan by Chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army Mr. Fang Fenghui.

    A statement by ARG Palace said President Ghani met with the delegation of the Chinese officials led by General Fenghui on Monday evening.

    The statement further added Gen. Fenghui briefed President Ghani regarding the plans, views and programs of the China’s President regarding Afghanistan and the region.

    Gen. Fenghui quoted in the statement by ARG Palace said “The people of China remembers and appreciates your efforts while serving with the World Bank and implementation of irrigation projects in various parts of China.”

    He also hailed Afghanistan’s efforts and steps taken by the Afghan government for expanding ties with the world, maintaining peace and fight against terrorism, pledging Beijing’s cooperation in this regard.

    He pledged more than $70 million in fresh military aid to Afghanistan, saying the latest aid will follow besides Beijing’s ongoing cooperation in development and economic sector.

    Gen. Fenghui also added that China will call a regional summit to implement the proposal by President Ghani during Shanghai conference for fight against terrorism.

    Reiterating China’s commitment to fight terrorism in the region, Gen. Fenghui said Afghanistan is located in a strategic location and acts as an important economic belt, which is continuously threatened by the terror groups.

    He recommended a joint fight against the menace of terrorism as per the frame work of Quadrilateral group comprising of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, China and Pakistan, with information sharing to be the central part of the group.

    Gen. Fenghui said China remains committed to support Afghanistan with the available resources and facilities, hailing the Afghan forces who are currently busy in suppressing the international terrorism.

    Meanwhile, President Ghani said terrorism remains a threat not only for Afghanistan but also threatens regional countries, including China.

    He said the Afghan forces will continue to their fight against terrorism, saying the terrorists are receiving training outside the country and are deployed to Afghanistan.”

  10. Nearly 100 militants including ISIS loyalists killed in ongoing operations: MoD (khaama, Mar 1, 2016)

    “At least 98 anti-government armed militants were killed and scores of others were wounded in ongoing military operations by the Afghan security forces, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

    Providing operational update, the Ministry of Defense (MoD), said at least 11 militants affiliated with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were among those killed.

    A statement by MoD said at least 49 militants were wounded and 12 others were arrested besides various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives confiscated by the security forces.

    The statement further added majority of the militants suffered casualties during the operations in Pashtunkot district of Faryab province where at least 50 deaths were reported.

    At least 14 militants were killed in a separate operation in Sangin district of Helmand province, MoD said, adding that another militant was killed in another operation in Adraskan district of Herat province in the west.

    According to MoD, two commanders of the ISIS terrorist group were killed along five foreign insurgents in Achin district of Nangarhar province.

    At least 15 militants were killed in the ongoing operations in Dand-e-Dhori district of northern Baghlan province, while 7 other were killed in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, MoD added.

    The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.”

  11. Afghan policeman kills four colleagues in shooting, 11 officers missing (belfasttelegraph, Mar 1, 2016)

    “An Afghan policeman has shot dead four of his colleagues at a checkpoint on a remote stretch of a major southern road.

    Police in Uruzgan province said another 11 officers manning the checkpoint are still missing.

    It is still unclear what happened at the checkpoint, which is located on the road between Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

    Afghanistan’s police fight insurgents on the front lines, but have fewer resources than the army.
    On remote checkpoints they are vulnerable to Taliban attacks.

    Authorities want to consolidate the checkpoints into larger bases but have faced resistance from locals who see them as a barrier against insurgents.”

  12. Afghan women accused of adultery face invasive virginity tests: AIHRC (khaama, Mar 1, 2016)

    “The Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan (AIHRC) has voiced concerns regarding the invasive virginity tests the Afghan women and girls are going through after they are accused of adultery.

    In its latest report, AIHRC said the women are subjected to the invasive tests after accused of moral crimes by the judiciary institutions of the country.

    The report further added that the victims are subjected to the tests without their consent which are usually accepted by the judiciary institutions, making it a basis for the trial of the accused.

    AIHRC questioned the method of the tests, saying the tests are being conducted without considering the scientific basis of such tests, persistent corruption in government institutions, and technical insufficiency.

    The rights organization also expressed concerns regarding the eloping of the women, saying the majority of the women are fleeing from the houses due to growing domestic violence with forced marriages remaining a top motive for the girls to abandon their families.

    The girls are often accused of adultery while the men are accused of kidnapping and are tried by the judiciary institutions, AIHRC said, adding that the security institutions are introducing the girls to Forensic where they undergo virginity tests to confirm they were not involved in adultery.

    The 17-page report by AIHRC has been prepared based on findings and interviews of 53 women serving in jails on adultery charges in 12 provinces, the rights organization said.

    AIHRC also added that the prisoners interviewed by the rights organization were between 13 to 45 years of age with 45 of them jailed over adultery charges, 8 others were accused of eloping and adultery, and 2 of them were accused of adultery and alcohol consumption.

    The women are serving in jails in Badakhshan, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghor, Herat, Nangarhar, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Faryab, Balkh and Paktia provinces, AIHRC added.”

  13. Supreme Court jails man for insulting UAE on WhatsApp (emirates247, Mar 1, 2016)

    “The UAE Federal Supreme Court sentenced an Omani man to jail and imposed a fine finding him guilty of insulting symbols of the UAE.

    Al Bayan reports that the court issued the verdict against 29-year-old Omani, identified as S.M.S., to three-years imprisonment and fined him Dh50,000.

    The convict will be deported after serving his jail term in the country.

    He is charged with disseminating information with a view to ridicule and damage the reputation of the state symbols. He also ridiculed Emirati martyrs in Yemen, describing them as ‘cowards’ on WhatsApp. “

  14. NASA unveils supersonic airliner of the future

    Its astronauts already travel fast enough, so now NASA wants to bring the ultimate in speedy flight to the masses.

    NASA officials on Monday unveiled the design of a supersonic aircraft that would boast speeds comparable to the Concorde – but without that jet’s sonic boom. The weird-looking new vehicle boasts a long, skinny nose, oddly angled wings and a tail fin folded into what looks like an origami airplane.

    The jet NASA calls QueSST would fly at speeds of Mach 1.4, or roughly 1,100 mph. Today’s commercial jetliners poke along at 600 mph, while the Concorde, which made scheduled passenger flights from 1976 to 2003, achieved the blistering pace of more than 1,300 mph.

    Shock waves normally roll off many different features of a supersonic vehicle and combine into the classic “Boom! Boom!” signature. But QueSST would be designed to dissipate the many small shock waves so they can’t meld together.

    The jet’s signature sound would be “more like a soft thump,” NASA administrator Charlie Bolden said Monday, “instead of the annoying sonic boom that currently prohibits commercial supersonic flight over land.”

  15. US Army will have laser weapons by 2023 as research bosses say killer technology is ‘very close’

    The US Army is planning to deploy the first laser weapons in 2023, it has been revealed.

    Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities ‘I believe we’re very close,’ when asked how close the Army is to developing offensive and defensive directed-energy weapons.

    She said the programmes would be extensively tested as the Army wants to understand the lasers’ full capabilities ‘before we offer it to a Soldier.’

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  16. Magyar TV:
    -Serbs sending back migrants without proper papers to Greece.
    -Slovenia taking some or all money from migrants then sending them back to Croatia. (Those from countries which have no war.)
    -some of the migrants from Morocco come with large amounts of money. This is confiscated as punishment for posing as refugees.
    -migrants complaining and rioting because they are not receiving the generous packages that earlier migrants received.

    • Magyar TV:
      Yesterday 60 people broke into Hungary.
      1000 police guarding southern border.
      10000 invaders at Macedonia border trying to break in from Greece. It is war.

  17. China to lay off five to six million workers, earmarks at least $23 billion

    China aims to lay off 5-6 million state workers over the next two to three years as part of efforts to curb industrial overcapacity and pollution, two reliable sources said, Beijing’s boldest retrenchment program in almost two decades.

    China’s leadership, obsessed with maintaining stability and making sure redundancies do not lead to unrest, will spend nearly 150 billion yuan ($23 billion) to cover layoffs in just the coal and steel sectors in the next 2-3 years.

    The overall figure is likely to rise as closures spread to other industries and even more funding will be required to handle the debt left behind by “zombie” state firms.

    The term refers to companies that have shut down some of their operations but keep staff on their rolls since local governments are worried about the social and economic impact of bankruptcies and unemployment.

    Shutting down “zombie firms” has been identified as one of the government’s priorities this year, with China’s Premier Li Keqiang promising in December that they would soon “go under the knife”..

  18. Mud-soaked migrants fight for food as Greek border blockade drags on

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    In mud-soaked fields nearby, a chilly March daybreak reveals a bleak scene, after an overnight downpour left hundreds of tents drenched and children coughing miserably.

    “We have been waiting for six days,” said Farah, a 32-year-old Iraqi woman from Baghdad, as the van distributing canned food and long-life milk was quickly mobbed and emptied in minutes.

    “The food is not enough, everyone is lying to us and we are desperate,” added Farah, among some 7,000 people — many stranded near the Idomeni border crossing for days, who awoke under wet canvas among sodden wheat fields.;_ylt=AwrXgCNSntVWNUkAVBPQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByb2lvbXVuBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–

  19. Refugees buying one-way tickets home after finding Germany intolerable

    ith a one-way ticket home to Iraq in his hands and seven months’ worth of frustration over intransigent German bureaucracy in his heart, Gazwan Abdulhasen Abdulla gave up on his dreams of a better life in Europe.

    Homesick and eager to be back with his wife and four small children in Basra, Abdulla was giving up his refugee status as he boarded a crowded Iraqi Airways flight from Berlin’s Tegel Airport to Baghdad that would whisk him and 150 other disillusioned former refugees back home in five hours.

    He had scraped together his last $325 for the flight to Iraq — a small fraction of the money he had paid to smugglers last summer to get to Germany by foot, bus and boat through Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Austria.

    But now, after more than 1.1 million refugees from troubled lands such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have trekked into Germany over the last 13 months, a small but growing number are heading home.

  20. Top German court considers bid to outlaw far-right party

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    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s highest court opened hearings Tuesday on a bid to outlaw the country’s biggest far-right party, which officials accuse of promoting a racist and anti-Semitic agenda – a second attempt to secure what would be the first ban on a party for 60 years.

    The German parliament’s upper house, which represents the country’s 16 state governments, applied at the end of 2013 for a ban on the National Democratic Party, or NPD. They say it violates the constitution and are keen to cut off the state funding to which political parties are entitled.

    A decade earlier, the Karlsruhe-based Federal Constitutional Court rejected a first attempt to ban the party because paid government informants within the group were partially responsible for the evidence against it. Officials say there’s no evidence from informants in the new case.

  21. Calais ‘Jungle’ camp: clashes as authorities demolish homes

    Clashes between police and migrants continued into Monday evening after authorities moved in earlier in the day to dismantle parts of the refugee camp known as the Jungle.

    The homes of up to 200 people of the approximately 3,500 people living in the camp had been demolished by the middle of the day, according to a British refugee aid group, as smoke went up from blazes engulfing makeshift shelters.
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    Some homes appeared to have been set alight by the heat of teargas canisters fired at crowds by riot police, said a spokeswoman for the British volunteer group Help Refugees, while some residents seem to have set others on fire in protest.

    Video footage from a volunteer inside the camp showed residents running away from clouds of teargas. Reuters said police fired teargas at about 150 people and activists who threw stones, and at least three shelters were on fire.

    • France: Refugee slits wrist as police resume ‘Jungle’ camp clearance

      French authorities resumed the demolition of parts of the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, with riot police on-site, Tuesday, overseeing the process. They physically removed an Afghan couple after they had been standing on top of a tent since late Monday in a bid to prevent the clearance. As the police approached them the woman, believed to be pregnant, began slitting her wrists – an action she had threatened since the eviction started.

    • ‘Jungle’ frontline: police move in to clear migrant camp amid tensions

      Around 150 migrants, some armed with iron bars, have attempted to block or climb lorries traveling towards the Eurotunnel, as clashes with police continued into the night in chaotic scenes surrounding the Calais refugee ‘Jungle’ camp in France.

  22. Exclusive: U.N. may delay Syria talks, says U.S., Russia must guarantee truce

    GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States and Russia must make Syria’s cessation of hostilities work or else it may become necessary to delay the resumption of peace talks, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters on Tuesday.

    Since the agreement to halt nearly five years of fighting came into force on Saturday, the Syrian government and the opposition have accused each other of violating the deal but international observers have reported a decline in violence.

    Without progress on the cessation of hostilities and on access for humanitarian aid, de Mistura said he could “slightly” postpone the next round of peace talks, which has been penciled in for Monday, March 7.

    “The decision on whether they will be on Monday or slightly later will be taken in the next few days, depending on what is happening on the ground,” he said.

    “We don’t want discussions in Geneva to become a discussion about infringements or not of the ceasefire, we want them to actually address the core of everything.”

    The United Nations hopes that the cessation of hostilities will allow humanitarian aid to be sent into besieged areas and provide an opportunity to revive the peace talks, which collapsed before they even started a month ago.

  23. Pakistan tensions high at Islamist assassin’s funeral

    Tens of thousands of supporters chant and throw rose petals at an ambulance bearing the body of a Pakistani Islamist executed for killing a liberal governor, as schools closed and police cordoned off flashpoints.

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      the murderer’s father : ««« I have 5 more sons – I am ready to sacrifice them too for the honour of the prophet …..»»»

  24. New clip from Danish mosque: Hit kids who don’t pray

    The new TV2 documentary has re-ignited a national debate about the Grimhøj Mosque, which in September 2014 declared its support for the terrorist group Isis, comments reiterated by El-Saadi just a few months later.

    In the wake of the new documentary, a number of politicians have called for the mosque to be closed down.

    • RT – Radical Danish cleric preaches death to infidels sparks criticism ( 11 min 46 )

      A radical Danish cleric has sparked a wave of criticism after preaching death for infidels, adulterers and religious traitors among his parishioners. To discuss the story further RT is joined by Iben Thranholm, journalist, Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Dilly Hussain, Deputy Editor of 5PillarsUK British Muslim news

  25. Gunman Wounds Saudi Preacher, Diplomat in Philippines (abcnews, Mar 1, 2016)

    “A gunman attacked and wounded a Saudi preacher and a diplomat from Saudi Arabia’s embassy late Tuesday before being killed by policemen in the southern city of Zamboanga, police said.

    Preacher Aaidh Al-Qarni was about to leave Western Mindanao State University after delivering a lecture when he and religious attache Turki Assaegh were shot by the gunman, who darted out from a crowd, police spokeswoman Senior Inspector Helen Limen Galvez said.

    Both victims were taken to a hospital for treatment and declared out of danger, Galvez said. Al-Qarni was shot in his right shoulder, left arm and chest while Assaegh was hit in his right thigh and left leg.

    Investigators at the scene found a pistol and a motorcycle the gunman may have used, police said. Policemen later arrested two other suspects in connection with the attack, Galvez said.

    The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

    Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said last week that the Saudi government had asked several countries, including the Philippines, for improved security because of a possible threat, the nature of which was not specified.

    Philippine police strengthened security at Saudi Arabia’s embassy and its national airline following the request, Seguis said.

    Seguis noted that Saudi Arabia has a conflict with Iran, where the Saudi Embassy recently came under attack, but said it’s hard to say whether the reported threat was connected to that.

    Protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and attacked its consulate in another Iranian city in response to the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric on Jan 2. The protests prompted Saudi Arabia to cut diplomatic ties with Iran, escalating tensions between the longtime regional rivals.

    Zamboanga, a major port city 860 kilometers (540 miles) south of Manila, has been hit by deadly bombings blamed on Abu Sayyaf militants, some of whom have pledged support to the Islamic State group.”

  26. Gun Battles in Jordan Raids Reportedly Targeting Militants (abcnews, Mar 1, 2016)

    “Jordanian troops exchanged fire with armed men during arrest raids in the northern city of Irbid on Tuesday, including one group holed up in a building, security officials said.

    Jordan’s Public Security Directorate referred to those being targeted in the raids as “outlaws” but did not elaborate. The directorate reported there were deaths among the gunmen but did not say how many, and that three members of the security forces were hurt. The statement said clashes began earlier Tuesday and continued in the evening.

    The daily al-Ghad said more than 20 suspected militants were arrested in the operation.

    Amateur video posted online showed groups of men, apparently onlookers, standing in a street as heavy gunfire could be heard in the distance.

    Since last year, Jordan assumed a high-profile role in the U.S.-led military campaign against the extremist Islamic State group which controls large areas of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Jordan has also cracked down domestically, with IS sympathizers, including those expressing support for the group in social media, facing several years in prison.”

  27. The Latest: UN Chief: Border Limits Violate ‘Human Decency’ (abcnews, Mar 1, 2016)

    “… U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says border restrictions being imposed in Europe to stem the flow of migrants “are not in line with international law or with common human decency.”

    Ban made the comments Tuesday in Madrid after Greek police said up to 10,000 mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees were stuck at the country’s Idomeni border crossing in deteriorating conditions.

    The Idomeni crossing has become a key flashpoint in Europe’s migration crisis. Several nations led by Austria have imposed refugee caps and border restrictions over the past 10 days, creating a huge backlog of migrants in Greece.

    Ban says he’s concerned about the restrictions along land migration routes, adding that “every asylum seeker has the right to his or her application to be considered individually.”…”

  28. Austria: IntMin Leitner promotes campaign to deter Afghans from claiming asylum

    Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner promoted Austria’s new campaign to deter Afghans from coming to seek asylum in the country at the Home Office in Vienna on Tuesday.

    SOT, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Interior Minister (German): “To not exceed the limit of 37,500, we must dampen the refugee flow. We must prevent the people who are making their journey, from this journey.”

    SOT, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Interior Minister (German): “There will be as you can see 16-sheet-posters in the 5 biggest cities of Afghanistan. There will be online-advertisment with our messages on approx 1000 websites in Afghanistan. And there will also advertisment in newspapers.”

    SOT, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Interior Minister (German): “There will also be TV-spots. TV-spots about illegal migration, and especially TV-spots from Afghan people, who have come back to Afghanistan and who will share their experiences about their hopes and expectations which were not reached.”

    SOT, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austrian Interior Minister (German): “What is the goal? We do not want people selling their belongings, to make this risky travel, and then when they get to Austria are disappointed, because their hopes and expectations are not fulfilled. It is an act of fairness to inform the people that they should stay in Afghanistan.”

    • Austria: Faymann tells Tusk ‘Austria is not a waiting room for Germany’

      Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann defended his decision to tighten border controls during a joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk in Vienna, Tuesday.

    • Europe must ‘wake up’ to migrant crisis:UNHCR

      The United Nations calls on European countries to ‘wake up’ and implement orderly relocation of migrants.

  29. REBEL MEDIA – Special report: Inside Muslim majority neighborhoods of Malmo, Sweden

    Ezra Levant of continues his series on the effects of Muslim mass migration on Europe, this time with interviews with Muslim men in Malmo, Sweden. However, the conversation that troubled him most was one with a non-Muslim, native Swedish woman.

  30. DAILY MAIL – The new Iron Curtain holding back the hordes: The 19-mile barbed wire fence built on Macedonia’s border to stop a human tide of migrants as Greece is told it faces being ‘sacrificed’ to save the EU

    Migrants are continuing to flock to the tent city located on the Greek border despite recent closure of the crossing
    Thousands of refugees have been waiting all day, hoping to be allowed into Macedonia and cross further into Europe
    The UN revealed some 131,000 people have entered Europe so far this year despite the new border measures
    This number of migrants entering Europe was not reached until the second half of 2015, the UNHRC said

    video – Greece – Idomeni – Feb 27 2016

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