Reader’s links for March 4 – 2016

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  1. American art student sexually assaulted on Paris Metro

    As she stepped onto the escalator at the station “the man went behind her, lowered his trousers, before penetrating her using his fingers,” a police source told BFM TV.

    The incident has been classed as “rape” in France, becasue the definition of the crime includes penetration by digits, rather than just the penis, as is the case in the UK.

  2. Mob of 30 Afghan men chase teenage girls through German shopping mall, sparking huge confrontation with police

    Incident occurred at the Sophienhof mall in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein state

    Men said to have used their smartphones to film the girls, aged 15, 16, 17

    They later confronted police officers who they ‘insulted’ and ‘threatened’

  3. The Latest: Macedonia Admits Trickle of Migrants From Greece (abcnews, Mar 4, 2016)

    “… A tiny trickle of Syrian and Iraqi refugees is being admitted into Macedonia at the Idomeni crossing on the border with Greece, as more than 11,000 remain camped around waiting for their turn.

    Greek police say Macedonian authorities let in 320 people in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Friday. A few dozen were being admitted later in the day.

    Hundreds of brightly-colored tents cover the muddy ground around an overflowing official camp at Idomeni, stretching almost right up to the border.

    Syrian Saswat Estif, 26, has been there for 15 days, waiting patiently as others jumped the queue to enter Macedonia.

    He says “last night was cold and it rained a lot,” adding that “there’s not enough food.”

    In Athens, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was briefing opposition leaders on the immigration crisis that has left more than 32,000 people stranded in Greece….”

  4. 2 Police Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Southeastern Turkey (abcnews, Mar 4, 2016)

    “Kurdish rebels on Friday detonated a car bomb near a police station in southeastern Turkey, killing two police officers and wounding some 35 people, officials said.

    The attack targeted the traffic police station and lodgings in the town of Nusaybin, bordering Syria, where the security forces are battling militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

    A fragile two-year-old peace process between Turkey’s government and the PKK collapsed in July, reviving a three-decades-old conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people. Hundreds — many of them police and soldiers — have died in the renewed fighting.

    The governor’s office for Mardin province, where Nusaybin is located, said the explosion wounded 35 people, most of them police or police family members. Four of them were being operated on, although their injuries were not life-threatening condition.

    The explosion caused extensive damage to the police lodgings and left a large crater in the road, images published by the private Dogan news agency showed.

    The PKK, considered a terror organization by Turkey and its allies, is fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast…”

  5. Former German ‘Islamic State’ fighter gets four years, six months in prison (DW, Mar 4, 2016)

    “A court in the western city of Dusseldorf has sentenced Nils D. to four years and six months in jail for being a member of a terrorist group. The 25-year-old had admitted being part of an “Islamic State” unit in Syria.

    The court handed down the sentence of four years and six months in jail, citing Nils D.’s membership of terrorist organization “IS”.

    Nils D., who hails from the western German town of Dinslaken, was a member of the so-called “Lohberger Brigade” in his hometown, which supports “Islamic State” (IS) in Syria.

    He was arrested on his return from Syria to Germany last year. He confessed to working for the IS’s “secret police,” which aims to intimidate the local population and arrest “deserters.” His role there involved arresting people and acting as a guard for the group’s torture prisons.

    After his return he had cooperated with the authorities and provided them with valuable insider knowledge. Before his departure to Syria, the 25-year-old had been a drug addict and delinquent at school, the judge said on Friday.

    DW’s Manasi Gopalakrishnan was at the Dusseldorf court on Friday…”

  6. ‘Thanks Salman’ banner, leaflets fill Sanaa streets (saudigazette, Mar 4, 2016)

    “‘Thanks Salman’ banners and leaflets were put up and distributed respectively in Sanaa streets, in a message of gratitude and acknowledgement for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s efforts in restoring hope and peace in the region.

    King Salman’s help to the Yemeni people was welcomed with this expression of faith and appreciation, especially in the stage Yemen is going through, after the coup carried out by Houthi militias against the legitimate president.

    According to Yemeni News Agency, banners expressing thanks were on dozens of cars that roamed the streets of the capital Sanaa and the cars blared songs and poems commending King Salman for rushing to rescue of the Yemeni people and for taking the decision to launch Decisive Storm.

    These actions reflect the sentiments of the inhabitants of the Yemeni capital Sanaa towards Saudi Arabia’s King, leadership, government and people, for rescuing Yemen. They also expressed compliments to other countries taking part in the Saudi-led Arab coalition. — SPA”

  7. Afghanistan to give China military equipment wish list (khaama, Mar 4, 2016)

    “Afghanistan is preparing a wish list of military equipment for China to assist the Afghan national security forces, the defense officials have said.

    Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Mohammad Radmanish told RFE that a committee has been established to identify the needs of the Afghan forces.

    He said the work of the committee is expected to conclude by the end of this week and a wish list of the military equipment will be prepared.

    According to reports, the Afghan security authorities have started work on the wish list after senior Chinese defense officials visited Kabul this week and asked the Afghan authorities to prepared a list of military needs.

    During a meeting with Fang Fenghui, chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army, the National Security Adviser, Hanif Atmar, requested Beijing’s support to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)…”

    • Once again Obama’s attempted destruction of the US has driven people to seek aid from what are at this moment soft enemies.

  8. 10 militants affiliated with ISIS terror group killed in Nangarhar (khaama, Mar 4, 2016)

    “At least ten militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the ongoing operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

    The provincial government media office said the operations are being conducted in Achin district and at least five militants were also injured.

    According to an official statement, the operations are being conducted jointly by the Afghan army, Afghan border and public order police, and Afghan intelligence operatives.

    The Afghan forces have stepped up counter-terrorism operations against the loyalists of the terror group amid concerns that the group is attempting to establish a regional base in Nangarhar….”

  9. 24 militants killed, 20 wounded during counter-terrorism operations: MoD (khaama, Mar 4, 2016?

    “At least 24 anti-government armed militants were killed 24 others were wounded in the latest counter-terrorism operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

    The operations were conducted in various provinces of the country to clear the areas where the anti-government armed militants are active.

    A statement by MoD said at least 10 militants were killed and 5 others were wounded in Achin district of Nangarhar province.

    The statement further added that 9 militants were killed and 6 others were wounded during an operation in Khanshin district of Helmand.

    In a separate operation in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province, at least 3 militants were killed and 2 others were wounded, the statement added.

    3 militants were killed and 7 others were wounded in separate operations in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz and Geru district of Ghazni province, MoD said, adding that the Afghan security forces also confiscated various types of weapons, ammunition and explosives during the same operations.

    An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier also lost his live during the clearance operations, MoD added.

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

  10. British trio charged with funding terrorism (express, Mar 4, 2016)

    “A GROUP of British men have been charged with funding terrorism.

    Pervez Rafiq, of Huddersfield and Mashoud Miah and Mohammed Ibrahim Hussain, both of London, will appear in court today charged with arranging funds or property for the purposes of terrorism.

    Raffia and Miah were arrested in April last year and Hussain was arrested in September, the North East Counter Terrorism (NECTU) unit said.

    The unit has had to assure members of the public they are not in immediate danger, following the charges.

    The trio have been charged with an offence under section 17 of the Terrorism Act, 2000.

    An NECTU spokesman said: “The investigation was intelligence led and there is no evidence to suggest that any communities were or are at immediate risk in connection with this operation.”

    All three defendants are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, in central London, later today.”

  11. Migrants ‘posing’ as CHILDREN to enter Britain and ‘cheat the asylum system’ (express, Mar 4, 2016)

    “MIGRANTS are cheating the asylum system by posing as children to slip into Britain, an MP warned tonight.

    Tory backbencher David Davies called for compulsory age checks on asylum seekers claiming to be unaccompanied youngsters aged under 18 to close a potential loophole in the country’s border controls.

    He raised the issue after obtaining figures showing that the numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children accepted into the UK has nearly doubled while the number of age checks has fallen.

    His warning came as new official data showed the number of migrants claiming asylum in the UK as a proportion of the population has reached the highest level of 11 years.

    Mr Davies said: “Many asylum seekers who are claiming to be under 18 are actually adults.

    “They deliberately claim to be under 18 because it makes it much harder for the authorities to reject their claims and throw them out. They also receive more money.

    “It is very easy to find out someone’s age to within a few months with a dental check but not enough claimants are challenged.

    “The figures I have obtained from the Government show that a high proportion have been lying about their age.”

    Figures released by the Home Office in response to a Commons Written Question from Mr Davies showed that the number of asylum applications made by migrants claiming to be unaccompanied children rose from 1,028 in 2012 to 1,858 in 2014.

    Over the same period, the number of asylum claims with a disputed age fell from 337 to 318.

    Other Home Office figures showed that 65% of asylum seekers in disputed cases whose age was assessed were found to be over 18.

    Mr Davies said border officials told him of men with grey beards or advanced tooth decay who claimed to be children when making asylum applications.

    “We need to carry out tests on any asylum seeker claiming to be under 18 and make clear that anyone making a fraudulent claim will be deported,” the Monmouth MP said.

    “It is clear from the government’s own figures that large numbers of adult males are now claiming to be under the age.”

    Mr Davies also feared genuine child asylum seekers in care accommodation could be at risk of assault or sex abuse from adults posing as children.

    “I dealt with the case of one man who was put into a home with young children before carrying out an violent attack on one of his carers,” the MP said…..”

  12. Inside ISIS’s secret underground tunnels: Jihadi group created network of escape routes to evade coalition airstrikes in Iraq (dailymail, Mar 4, 2016)

    “A deep network of underground tunnels have been uncovered in Iraq, revealing how ISIS have been carefully maintaining escape routes for its fighters as they try to avoid coalition airstrikes.

    The tunnels were discovered by Kurdish forces when the Peshmerga managed to re-take the Yazidi majority town of Sinjar last December.

    Burrowing deep into the ground, some of the chambers are thought to be 30 feet deep, allowing ISIS fighters to hide out and move freely out of the way of airstrikes.

    Although 70 tunnels have been uncovered, Kurdish and Iraqi forces remain concerned that more secret layers may have been constructed in other parts of the town.

    ‘There is a tunnel under every alley, street and public building that remains intact,’ Wais Faiq, head of Sinjar town council told the International Business Times….”

  13. German schoolgirl, 14, ‘is gang-raped by Serbian migrants while 15-year-old girl filmed it before being thrown near-naked onto the street where she suffered near-fatal hypothermia’

    A 14-year-old schoolgirl has allegedly been raped by a Serbian gang

    The victim had been invited back home by an older Serbian girl, who later filmed the shocking ordeal

    Two members of the Serbian gang are thought to have gone on the run

  14. Indian man wanted by police over a string of rapes and a murder committed while he was in Britain on a student visa has managed to escape extradition for FIVE YEARS because his lawyers don’t turn up to court

    Aman Vyas is wanted by police over alleged murder and rape of a woman

    Michelle Samaraweera, 35, of Walthamstow, was attacked and died in 2009

    Vyas’s lawyers have managed to delay extradition proceedings in courts

    He is linked with a series of late-night attacks, including two other rapes

  15. North Korean leader wants nukes ready to fly

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered nuclear weapons to be readied for use, the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday.

    The shift in military posture would allow North Korea to carry out pre-emptive attacks, and deprive “the enemies to sleep in peace till the moment they meet their final end in their land,” KCNA reported, citing a speech by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

    KCNA continued: “The only way for defending the sovereignty of our nation and its right to existence under the present extreme situation is to bolster up nuclear force both in quality and quantity and keep balance of forces,” he said, stressing the need to “get the nuclear warheads deployed for national defense always on standby so as to be fired any moment.”

    The move follows the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval Wednesday of tough new sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and long-range missile tests. The resolution contains the toughest set of sanctions imposed by the Security Council in more than two decades, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    • An analyst on FOX said that he thinks this is caused by internal problems with some type of conflict between the military establishment and Kim. He also says that there is a good chance that if the internal crisis strengthens there is a good chance Kim will order some type of limited incursion into South Korea or a large scale terror attack. The man also said that the US should work with Japan and South Korea to stop Kim and ignore China.

  16. Japan PM suspends work on U.S. base on Okinawa

    TOKYO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he has decided to temporarily suspend preliminary work on moving a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa and will resume talks on the contentious relocation plan.

    The central government and Okinawa’s prefectural government have been locked in a legal battle over relocating the base, with both sides suing the other.

    Abe said that his government is accepting a court proposal not to force the reclamation work over Okinawa’s objections. The court in February made the proposal as an interim step allowing talks. Details of the proposal were not made public.

    The sudden reversal of his policy to continue with the reclamation work is seen as a vote-buying attempt ahead of this summer’s parliamentary elections.

    Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga last year issued an order to suspend permission for the reclamation work. Then the central government sued to reverse the order, to which Okinawa counter-sued, seeking a court injunction.

    • The people of Okinawa have wanted the Marines gone for decades, the problem is that the US military presence is what is keeping China from making a claim on the island.

      Catch 22 in real life.

  17. Clinton Takes Aim at Another Government Watchdog
    141 Mar 4, 2016 6:00 AM EST
    By Josh Rogin

    The Hillary Clinton campaign has gone on the attack against the government official who conducts oversight of the State Department she used to run, accusing him of partisanship and misconduct without any direct evidence. That strategy could backfire by politicizing the role of the government’s inspectors general and undermining needed State Department reforms.

    This is not the first time Team Clinton has accused a federal inspector general of trying to foil her presidential ambitions. In January, the campaign publicly accused the inspector general of the intelligence community of acting in concert with two Republican senators to leak details of now-classified information found on her private e-mail server. This week, the Clinton campaign set its sights on Steve Linick, who has served as the State Department’s inspector general since 2013.

    Linick has never been regarded as a partisan official. President Barack Obama appointed him as the State Department IG and the Senate confirmed him. Before that appointment, the role had remained unfilled for more than 5 years and there was only an “acting” IG at state the entire time Clinton was secretary, a career foreign service officer.

  18. Brazil on course for worst recession in century

    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazil’s economy shrank by 3.8 percent in 2015, the government said Thursday, with the biggest contraction in 25 years set to push the Latin American giant into its worst recession for more than a century.
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    The latest gloomy news from Brazil was no surprise, but the severity underlined the depth of problems facing President Dilma Rousseff’s government as it battles both declining economic output and 10.67 percent inflation.

    The state statistics office said 2015 registered the worst single annual fall in GDP since 1990, a year when the economy dipped 4.3 percent.

    With the International Monetary Fund predicting a further 3.5 percent shrinkage this year, Brazil appears to be well into a recession that would be worse than any on government record going back to 1901.

  19. EU referendum: German Finance Minister says UK would be shut out of European single market in event of a Brexit

    The two most powerful nations on the European continent have issued dark warnings about the consequences for Britain – and for Europe – if the UK votes to leave the EU.

    The French President, François Hollande, said Brexit would inevitably have some impact on his country’s willingness to stop illegal migrants from crossing the English Channel. The German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, argued that Brexit would make the whole of Europe “less stable and more volatile”, adding that Britain would be shut out of the single market if it left the EU.

    Their interventions provided a boost for David Cameron, who is facing fierce opposition to his pleas for Britain to stay in the EU from nearly 130 of his MPs and the majority of Tory activists.

    • With the Islamic invaders becoming bolder and getting ready to bring the big guns out and try for military conquest the EU and the common market are things of the past.

  20. Left wing gender politics strike again

    U.S. senators urge Obama to push for female U.N. Secretary-General

    UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven U.S. women senators urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to push for the election of the United Nations’ first female secretary-general later this year.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, is due to step down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms. A man has held the top job at the world organization since its inception 70 years ago.

    The 15-member Security Council, including veto powers China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France, will recommend a candidate for election by the 193-member General Assembly to succeed Ban.

    “We ask that the United States play a leading role in pressing for the strong consideration of qualified women,” the seven Democratic senators wrote to Obama.

    Led by Barbara Boxer, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the letter was also signed by senators Patty Murray, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Baldwin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeanne Shaheen and Barbara Mikulski.

    In response to the senators’ letter, a senior Obama administration official said: “While we would welcome the selection of a woman as the next Secretary-General, we will ultimately support the best candidate of either gender.”

  21. Three migrants arrested after asylum seeker, 19, is killed when stabbed in the throat during brawl at refugee centre in Sweden

    The migrant was stabbed in the throat but died after being taken to hospital

    He had been involved in a brawl with fellow asylum seekers in Sweden

    Police say three suspects, all of whom are migrants, have been arrested

  22. German swimming pool where two migrant sex attacks have been carried out says it has been forced to segregate men and women

    Arriba water park to ban men from waterslides at certain times of the day

    Comes days after two girls were allegedly molested by Afghan migrants

    Water park was also scene of another sex attack on four girls last summer

  23. Europe leaders tell Putin Syria truce must hold to spur peace talks: Cameron

    LONDON (Reuters) – European leaders told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that a fragile truce in Syria must be used to try to secure a lasting peace without President Bashar al-Assad, the spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

    Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told Putin in a phone call that the cessation of hostilities must hold to try to settle a conflict that has killed more than 250,000 people and created a refugee crisis.

    “The main point that the European leaders made on the call to Putin was that we welcome the fact that this fragile truce appears to be holding,” the spokeswoman told reporters.

    “(And) we have got to use this as a positive dynamic now to create some momentum behind the talks … so we can move from a truce into a more lasting, durable peace with a political transition away from Assad.”

    Asked how Putin had responded, the spokeswoman said there was no detailed discussion on the Syrian president.

    “We all know this is one of the trickiest points,” she said, adding that Cameron “underlined the importance of a transition away from Assad to a government that … can be fully representative of communities across Syria.”

  24. Jets strike outskirts of Syria’s Douma for first time since truce: monitor

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – War planes struck twice on Friday on the outskirts of Syria’s Douma, northeast of Damascus, in the first raids there since a cessation of hostilities agreement went into effect, a monitoring group said.

    At least one person was killed in the air attacks, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict.

    The Observatory’s director Rami Abdulrahman said the identity of the jets was not immediately clear.

    The Observatory also said that three shells fired by government forces fell in the same area, injuring a number of people, among them members of a civil defense team.

  25. Turkish police enter to opposition newspaper Today’s Zaman
    urkish police fired tear gas and used water cannon on a crowd to forcibly enter the country’s top-selling newspaper on Friday after a court ordered its confiscation.

    An ?stanbul court appointed trustees to take over the management of the Feza Media Group, which includes Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper, the Zaman daily, as well as the Today’s Zaman daily and the Cihan news agency, dealing a fresh blow to the already battered media freedom in Turkey.

    Police in riot gear pushed back Zaman supporters who stood in the rain outside its ?stanbul office where they waved Turkish flags and carried placards reading “Hands off my newspaper” before they were overcome by clouds of tear gas.

    Officers then forcibly broke down a gate and rushed into the building. The footage showed them scuffling with Zaman staff inside the offices.

  26. 4 Catholic Nuns, 12 Others Killed in Yemen Retirement Home (abcnews, Mar 4, 2016?

    “Gunmen in southern Yemen on Friday stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa, killing 16 people, including four Catholic nuns, officials and witnesses said.

    The killing spree began with two gunmen who first surrounded the home for the elderly in Aden. Meanwhile, four others entered the building on the pretext they wanted to visit their mothers at the facility, according to the charity, Yemeni security officials and witnesses. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    The gunmen then moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head. A nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that she hid inside a fridge in a storeroom after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting, “Run, run.”

    Khaled Haidar told The Associated Press that he counted 16 bodies, including that of his brother, Radwan. All had been shot in the head and were handcuffed. He said that in addition to the four nuns, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards were among those killed…”

  27. BAHRAIN – “Finger” Al-Hammadi Gave to Nasser bin Hamad Costed him his Job

    Bahrain Mirror: The King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa dismissed on Friday (March 4, 2016) the Minister of Information Affairs and Minister of Parliament Affairs Isa Al-Hammadi from all his duties and appointed two ministers in his place.

    This royal step wasn’t shocking as a picture was circulated on social media, which Al-Hammadi had sent to a Whatsapp chat group, including Information Affairs Authority officials. The picture shows a rude sign given to a sports event sponsored by the king’s son Nasser bin Hamad, entitled “Go Sports”.

    An account with an alias posted the story behind the picture on Twitter, stating that “the minister along with a group of friends were riding bicycles through the streets of Bahrain, when they saw the “Go Sports” event name printed on the ground, so they took a picture of them giving the middle finger (a rude sign) while showing the name of the event that is sponsored by the king’s son Nasser bin Hamad.”

    The circulated photo shows that Al-Hammadi himself replaced the Whatsapp chat group profile picture from “Here is Bahrain” with the insulting picture.

    Mocking the “former” minister that hasn’t yet commented on the issue, Tweeters launched #Shame_on_you_minister and #The_Chubby_Finger hashtags.

  28. DAILY MAIL – Prayers in the Jungle: Muslim migrants hoping to reach Britain hold Friday religious service by makeshift structures in Calais camp as demolition continues

    Hundreds of migrants held a traditional Islamic prayer service surrounded by the makeshift tents they call home
    It comes amid the systematic demolition of the southern half of the illegal camp which is home to 3,800 migrants
    Council workers have been trying to convince migrants to move out of destruction zone, but many have refused
    For a third day straight, a dozen Iranian migrants sewed their mouths shut as a protest to the camp’s demolition

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