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  1. Austria Launches Kindergarten Islamic Headscarf Ban, Considers Adding Elementary Schools (breitbart, Oct 26, 2018)

    “The Austrian government has enacted a headscarf ban in kindergartens across the country and is now considering widening the ban to include elementary schools.

    The conservative-populist government enacted the headscarf ban for kindergartens on Wednesday which will mean that children will not be allowed to wear the garment with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz saying that girls should not be forced to cover themselves up in schools, Kronen Zeitung reports.

    Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ), said that he wants to take the ban even further into the country’s elementary schools, affecting children under the age of 14. Mr Strache added that a constitutional amendment to solve the issue was not off the table.

    Spokesman of the Austrian teachers’ union Paul Kimberger backed a ban on children under 14 wearing the garment saying: “Children should develop freely.”

    Mr Kimberger also put his support behind banning teachers from wearing the headscarf, as well.

    In addition, Kimberger denounced allowing young children to participate in Ramadan fasting during the day and would even go as far as supporting a law to protect children from fasting, saying: “It is irresponsible that children in the midst of development are not allowed to eat and drink throughout the day.”

    The current Austrian government has promised to focus on combatting not only the rise of parallel societies in the country but has also attempted to stem the rise of radical Islam by closing several mosques and looking to deport radical imams.

    Earlier this year, FPÖ Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said he wanted to go even further and criminalise those who advocate for replacing Austrian constitutional laws with Sharia.

    “Those who want to pass the Sharia law over the Austrian laws and want to bring upon us a theocracy in place of our democracy belong in court!” he said.”

  2. Germany: Freiburg gang-raping — Everything much worse than known – at least 15 asylum seekers raped the 18-year-old girl–
    Seven Syrians and one German citizen with a migration background are in pre-trial detention. According to DNA traces, they raped an 18-year-old woman after a “refugee” made her defenceless with a drink. The Syrians had been arrested in Freiburg refugee shelters. The investigators reported that they were all known to the police. The crime took place on 13th of October, but only now became known. Yesterday evening, police and prosecutors gave details. The woman’s martyrdom is said to have lasted a total of four hours. The tabloid Bild speculates that even more, 15 men in total, were involved in the gang rape. After the drugs began to take effect, the first perpetrator, a Syrian, dragged the woman into a bush, abused her and told his friends in the club that they could now rape her. One by one, the woman was attacked for a total of four hours. Seven Syrians between the ages of 19 and 29 and a 25-year-old with a German passport, who, according to Wochenblick, also has a migration background, are urgently suspected. According to police and prosecutors, the men are now all in custody. The 18-year-old had reported the alleged crime on October the 14th. According to police, the eight suspects were all arrested in the Freiburg city district and in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district, while the Syrian citizens were mainly detained in asylum accommodations. Almost all of them had already been known to the police. According to the police, the arrests were preceded by a match in the DNA analysis file. The 19-year-old had been identified by a DNA trace secured on the victim. The investigations in the case continue.
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    California launches 2nd case after failing on 1st Amendment grounds
    When California launched a second legal case against Cathy Miller and her Tastries Bakery after she declined to violate her Christian faith and produce a cake promoting same-sex marriage, the state alleged the two plaintiffs were “stunned, offended, and hurt.” But the reality? The duo had been wearing microphones while visiting various bakeries to find someone who would “discriminate” against them. Bob Unruh

  4. AI WORLD FIRST: China develops ‘shape-shifting’ robot inspired by TERMINATOR

    CHINESE scientists have developed a “shape-shifting” robot inspired by the Terminator films.The machine uses a plastic wheel, small lithium battery and drops of liquid metal.

    Its wheels work the liquid metal and changes its centre of gravity, sparking a prediction robots will in future be fit for “rescue missions” that can change shape.

    It also means robots would be able to get through small spaces rendered impossible by humans.

    And experts have hailed the T-1000 mode from Terminator 2: Judgment Day as their inspiration.

    Li Xiangpeng, a robotics professor at Soochow University in Suzhou, China, told South China Morning Post: “We were inspired by T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

  5. Brazil Poised to Elect a ‘Tropical Trump’


    Brazilian Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, the leading presidential candidate heading into Sunday’s election, has been called “Tropical Trump” for his combative demeanor, divisive views and anti-establishment stance.

    A former army captain, Bolsonaro has also been criticized for his praise of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, and for offensive comments about gays, blacks and women.

    Recent polls show Bolsonaro and his once-tiny Social Liberal Party with voter support of 57 percent, and Fernando Haddad, the head of the left wing Workers’ Party (PT), which governed Brazil from 2003 until early 2016, with 43 percent.

    Sunday’s election is the second and final round of voting in the Brazilian presidential selection process. In the first round of voting Oct. 7, which narrowed the field of candidates to the top two, Bolsonaro led the field with 46 percent of the votes.

  6. Traders’ WhatsApp Chats Buzz With Bolsonaro Fever in Sao Paulo

    (Bloomberg) — On the eve of Jair Bolsonaro’s much-anticipated election, the mood in Sao Paulo’s financial district is downright giddy.

    This was on full display during a sit-down with a markets analyst last week, who, upon walking into the room, extended his right hand, beamed a broad smile and declared “I’m bullish.’’ There are signs of adulation everywhere: The stock-buying frenzy that’s pushed the Ibovespa up 20 percent since mid-June has been dubbed the “Bullsonaro Rally’’ and a GIF labeled “Minions ride the bull market” — a twist on the pejorative Bolsominions nickname given to his supporters — is making the rounds on traders’ WhatsApp chats.

    For many in the international community, witnessing this love affair from afar has been a bit uncomfortable. Bolsonaro may have modified his rhetoric of late, but he still is, after all, a far-right nationalist who forged his tough-guy image by spewing intolerant remarks about homosexuals and women and by praising the dictatorship of the late 20th century.

  7. Medical Expert: Migrant Caravan Could Pose Public Health Threat

    Dr. Jan Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said on Breitbart News Daily that the thousands of people marching toward the U.S. border with Mexico could bring diseases that could pose a threat to public health.

    It just makes no sense from a public health standpoint to let in a lot of people who have not been screened,” Orient told Amanda House, deputy political editor for Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on the SiriusXM Patriot Channel.

    Orient said that unlike the days when Ellis Island was the place where migrants were tested for diseases and put in quarantine to protect against diseases in the incubation stage, in recent years people have been allowed to enter the country and settle across the country without proper screenings.

    • ‘We want AMERICA’ Migrant caravan REFUSE offers of housing and jobs in Mexico

      MIGRANTS that are currently marching north through South America towards the USA reportedly refused offers to house and employ them in Mexico.

      Authorities south of the US border have stepped in to offer aid in the form of food, shelter, medical care, as well as education and jobs to those in need.

      But the thousands of Central American migrants have reportedly refused all offers of help – saying they want to get to the United States.

      Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto made the generous offer on Friday, telling the caravan migrants they could apply for refugee status in his country provided they agreed to stay in the two southern states.

      However, a show of hands vote held in the town of Arriaga saw horde turn down any help, with the majority insisting their final destination had to be the US.

  8. Two Iranian fast boats approach US warship while CENTCOM commander is on board

    Two Iranian fast boats approached the U.S. Wasp-class amphibious assault ship Essex on Friday while it was operating in the Persian Gulf, according to U.S. defense officials.

    The commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, was on board the Essex at the time of the incident, officials have confirmed.

    “Today’s interaction with U.S. 5th Fleet forces and the IRGCN [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy] was characterized as safe and professional,” U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told Marine Corps Times in an emailed statement. “The U.S. Navy continues to operate wherever international law allows.”

    The IRGCN has a history of harassing U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf — an activity some analysts have noted recently has decreased.

    The Wall Street Journal has reported that since Jan. 2016 there had been an average of more than two “unprofessional” encounters a month between Iranian fast boats and U.S. warships, for a total of nearly 50 incidents over a two-year period.

    But the last “unprofessional” encounter occurred on Aug. 14, 2017, NAVCENT told Marine Corps Times.

  9. Two Iranian fast boats approach US warship while CENTCOM commander is on board

    Two Iranian fast boats approached the U.S. Wasp-class amphibious assault ship Essex on Friday while it was operating in the Persian Gulf, according to U.S. defense officials.

    The commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, was on board the Essex at the time of the incident, officials have confirmed.

    “Today’s interaction with U.S. 5th Fleet forces and the IRGCN [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy] was characterized as safe and professional,” U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told Marine Corps Times in an emailed statement. “The U.S. Navy continues to operate wherever international law allows.”

    The IRGCN has a history of harassing U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf — an activity some analysts have noted recently has decreased.

    The Wall Street Journal has reported that since Jan. 2016 there had been an average of more than two “unprofessional” encounters a month between Iranian fast boats and U.S. warships, for a total of nearly 50 incidents over a two-year period.

    But the last “unprofessional” encounter occurred on Aug. 14, 2017, NAVCENT told Marine Corps Times.

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  10. The Simpsons axes Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu after a backlash over the Indian character’s racial stereotyping (dailymail, Oct 27, 2018)

    “The Simpsons is set to axe Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu after a backlash over the Indian character’s racial stereotyping.

    He’s one of the shows most well-known characters but a documentary last year entitled The Problem with Apu sparked a fierce debate over his inclusion.

    The film, made by comedian and film maker Hari Kondabolu, focused on how the Simpons might be stereotyping the South Asian community with the character.

    And now it has been reported that Apu Nahasapeemapetilon might be removed from the long-running animated series entirely.

    In an interview with IndieWire, producer Adi Shankar revealed that he’s verified from ‘multiple sources’ the removal of Apu from the show.

    He said: ‘They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether.

    ‘They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.’

    The news comes despite Shankar wanting to crowdfund a script that could have saved the character – by addressing the issues raised in The Problem with Apu and updating the character for a modern audience.

    He believes axing the character entirely would be a big mistake and could be seen as avoiding the controversy entirely.

    He said: ‘If you are a show about cultural commentary and you are too afraid to comment on the culture, especially when it’s a component of the culture you had a hand in creating, then you are a show about cowardice.

    ‘It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways. After having read all these wonderful scripts, I feel like sidestepping this issue doesn’t solve it when the whole purpose of art, I would argue, is to bring us together.’

    The Problem with Apu, released in November 2017, took a critical look at the character of Apu on The Simpsons.

    In the documentary, Kondabolu argues that the stereotypical portrayal of Indian and South Asian-Americans embodied by Apu is culturally insensitive and detrimental to the community’s portrayal in modern American culture.

    The documentary’s success sparked a renewed debate about cultural sensitivity and racial stereotyping in the media. Many critics hailed it for restarting public discussion on such issues.

    One of the main ‘problems’ with Apu is that the character is voiced by Hank Azaria, a white actor, who admitted his portrayal of Apu is actually a homage to white British actor Peter Sellers playing an Indian in the 1968 comedy The Party.

    On April 8, however, The Simpsons attempted to address the accusations in its newest episode called No Good Read Goes Unpunished.

    But later that month Hank Azaria said he might quit the controversial role of voicing Apu following the race row.

    Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, the actor said he was ‘perfectly willing to step aside’ so someone else could play the Kwik-E-Mart owner.”

  11. REVEALED: Nine countries suspected of human rights abuses spend £280k paying for British MPs’ flights and hotel rooms, after UK politicians accept hospitality from Saudi Arabia (dailymail, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Dozens of MPs have accepted hospitality from regimes accused of human rights abuses, the Mail can reveal.

    China, Bahrain, Iran and Sri Lanka are among the nations who have poured more than £280,000 into flights and hotels to fund trips for Britain’s MPs over the past year.

    Earlier this year, no fewer than ten MPs travelled to Beijing on a visit part-funded by the Chinese Communist Party – even though China is accused of hundreds of mass executions. Bahrain – another country with an ‘appalling’ human rights record – funded 16 trips for MPs.

    It comes on top of the revelation that MPs had accepted hospitality from Saudi Arabia – accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi – worth tens of thousands of pounds. In total, no fewer than nine out of 30 countries on the Foreign Office’s human rights watch list have funded visits in the past year.

    Campaigners condemned any MP who accepted these trips without raising concerns. Allan Hogarth, Amnesty International UK’s head of policy and government affairs, said: ‘We would like to think that any MP tempted by a trip abroad would ensure that their hosts’ human rights record were above board.

    ‘Some of the countries listed here have appalling human rights records. No parliamentarian should ever go to any country without being prepared to publicly raise human rights issues, and speak up for equality and justice.’

    Under parliamentary rules, MPs have to declare the freebies on the register of members’ interests – the official record of financial benefits ‘which others might reasonably consider to influence his or her actions or words as a Member of Parliament’.

    Analysis by the Mail found that nine countries on the Foreign Office watch list have paid for MPs’ hospitality in the year since September 2017.

    China has paid for 15 trips totalling £39,743. This is despite the Foreign Office reporting that human rights activists are still being tortured in China, and thousands were executed last year following mass show trials.

    In April, ten MPs from different parties went on a trip part-funded by the International Liaison Department of China’s Communist Party.

    The visit was to the UK-China Leadership Forum to engage with Chinese Communist officials ‘on a broad range of topics and to strengthen UK-China bilateral relations’.

    Bahrain – a country accused of stamping down on opposition by shutting down the only independent newspaper – has funded 16 trips, costing £38,918 in total.

    Five Tory MPs attended a conference in the capital Manama in December 2017 to ‘gain a deeper understanding of the strategic links between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the wider Gulf States and the UK’.

    Five MPs enjoyed trips courtesy of Sri Lanka in the past year, despite the fact that the country is accused of torture, widespread surveillance and harassment, and discrimination against gay people.

    In the past year, trips for 17 MPs were funded by Saudi Arabia, costing £137,618 in total.

    Many were as part of a parliamentary delegation to see the ‘impact of ballistic missile strikes in the Saudi/Yemen border region and gain a deeper understanding of the strategic importance of the coalition operations in Yemen’.

    The country has been accused of war crimes in Yemen. One visit was paid for by the government of Iran, which carries out mass executions and detains journalists…”

  12. Khan’s London: Third-Floor Flat Occupant Suffers Fatal Fall from Building in ‘Aggravated Burglary’ (breitbart, Oct 27, 2018)

    “A 49-year-old man has suffered a fatal fall from his third-floor flat during an “aggravated burglary” in Kentish Town, London.

    Police were called to reports of two men, at least one thought to be armed with a knife, forcing their way into a flat in Denyer House, Highgate Road, on Thursday night, according to an official statement.

    By the time they arrived, the occupant had suffered what proved to be a deadly fall from the building. It is not clear whether he was thrown from it, fell during an escape attempt, or something else, but officers believe the break-in was a “targeted attack”…”

  13. ‘Submission’ Author Houellebecq Claims West in ‘Advanced Decline’, EU ‘Murdering’ Europe’s Nations (breitbart, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Bestselling French writer Michel Houellebecq, author of the dystopian novel Submission, has claimed the West is in an advanced state of decline, echoing the views of the late philosopher Oswald Spengler.

    Mr Houellebecq, who’s novel Submission looked at a France in which a pro-Sharia Islamist becomes the country’s president, said he saw the West in an advanced state of decline due to the rise of Islam and demographic changes caused by mass migration and low birthrates, Le Point reports.

    He made the comments at the ceremony for the Oswald Spengler Prize, named after the early 20th-century German philosopher famous for his work The Decline of the West.

    “I consider the state of the West from the point of view of the two criteria that my intellectual history led me to consider as fundamental: demography and religion,” Houellebecq explained.

    On the topic of religion, the French writer spoke of a possible Christian revival, saying: “Consider the situation of Islam in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century… Islam appeared as an archaic survival, doomed to disappear in a short time. Consider what Islam is today in these same countries. Who can seriously support what happened to Islam cannot, in any case, occur for Christianity?”

    “From the time when Islam was hidden, where it was the Islam of the cellars, everything was fine. Now they are problematic. That’s because they were told they could be visible. To solve that, it would be better for the Catholic religion to take over,” he added.

    Houellebecq also railed against the European Union: “In the recent history of France, there is something that is not about suicide but about murder. And the culprit of this assassination is hardly difficult to discover: it is the European Union,” he declared.

    “Within the Western world, Europe has chosen a particular mode of suicide, which includes murdering the nations that make it up.

    “I am ready to vote for anyone as long as we propose to exit the European Union and NATO,” he added.

    In the end, Houellebecq claimed he was slightly more optimistic than Spengler, but conceded he had arrived “at conclusions exactly identical to those of Spengler: the West is in a state of very advanced decline.”

    The speech is not the first time the French author has espoused populist ideas. In 2015 he praised direct democracy, saying: “it really seems to me, that the only solution still available to us now is to move gently toward the only form of real democracy: I mean, direct democracy.”

    The author’s comments come as more and more reports reveal the extent of the impact of mass migration on Western Europe, where countries like Germany have seen immense demographic shifts to the point where 42 percent of children under six in the west of the country now come from foreign backgrounds.

    Across Western Europe, mass migration is now nearly the sole driver of population growth.”

  14. Asylum Seeker Sentenced for Having Sex with 13-Year-Old ‘Wife’ (breibrat, Oct 27, 2018)

    “An unnamed asylum seeker living in Sweden has been sentenced to six months in prison after being found guilty of having sex with his ‘wife’, who was only 13-years-old at the time.

    The asylum seeker, who is now 25-years-old, married the girl while she was 13 back in 2014 after seeking asylum in Turkey. He engaged in sexual activity with her while in Turkey, then headed to Sweden to seek asylum in 2015, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

    Despite the crime occurring in Turkey in 2014, the 25-year-old was arrested and taken to court in Kalmar on charges of sex with a minor. The Kalmar District Court found the man guilty of raping a minor and sentenced him to six months in prison.

    The judge is said to have given the 25-year-old a lighter than normal sentence owing to the fact he was just over twenty when the rape occurred.

    The case comes after another case last year in which a Swedish prosecutor refused to bring charges against a Syrian man born in 1987 who not only had sex with his ‘wife’ when she was either 13 or 14 but got her pregnant as well. The prosecutor claimed that he could not charge the migrant as the crime had occurred in Syria.

    In another case, many criticised the Swedish government after it gave an Iraqi asylum seeker custody of children he had produced with his former ‘wife’ while she was only 13-years-old.

    Sara Mohammad, from the anti-honour violence organisation GAPF, slammed the ruling, saying: “Had a Swedish girl been sent abroad to marry a paedophile, then every social worker and politician had rolled up their sleeves straight away. Every minister and the prime minister would have called it a huge scandal for Sweden.””

  15. Spain saves over 350 migrants crossing Mediterranean (abcnews, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved over 350 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.

    The service says it pulled 359 people from seven small boats its rescue craft intercepted in waters between Spain and the coast of northern Africa on Saturday.

    Spain has seen a rise in illegal immigration this year following a crackdown by countries in the eastern Mediterranean.

    The International Organization for Migration said this week that over 45,000 men, women and children have entered Spain through the western Mediterranean route in 2018.

    Packed into small boats by human trafficking gangs, the migrants often risk death because the boats are prone to sinking. The United Nations says over 1,960 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean.”

  16. IS gunmen kill 40 US-backed fighters in eastern Syria (abcnews, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Member of the Islamic State group killed at least 40 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters, captured several alive and regained areas they lost earlier this month in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq in some of the most intense fighting in weeks, a war monitor and an agency linked to IS said Saturday.

    Members of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been on the offensive since early September under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition to capture the last pocket held by IS in Syria.

    Friday’s fighting that lasted until the early hours of Saturday began when IS, taking advantage of a sandstorm, launched a counteroffensive against SDF positions east of the Euphrates river in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq, activists said…”

  17. Iranians caught posing as Americans on Facebook to hype Mueller probe, slam Trump
    By Daily Caller News Foundation October 27, 2018

    Facebook on Friday deleted 82 pages, groups and accounts that it determined were part of an online influence operation located in Iran.

    The Iranians operated 30 Facebook pages, 33 individual accounts, and three groups, as well as 16 accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram, Facebook head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a statement Friday.

    The pages had over a combined 1 million followers and the groups had more than 25,000 members, Gleicher said.

    Facebook provided several examples of the Iranian propaganda, which promoted former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s activism while criticizing President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

  18. Pakistan bans Indian television channels amid water row (BBC, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Pakistan’s Supreme Court has re-imposed a ban on all Indian TV channels, overturning an earlier order from a lower court.

    Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said the ban was justified as India was damming rivers that flow into Pakistan.

    Pakistan says the dams are being used against it as a weapon, a claim India denies.

    Indian television and films are popular in Pakistan, but the country has banned them before in response to tensions.

    “India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan,” Mr Nisar reportedly said, as he overturned an earlier verdict by the Lahore High Court. “Why shouldn’t we close their channels?”

    More than 80% of irrigated agricultural land in Pakistan depends on the river Indus and its tributaries, most of which flow from the Himalayas.

    Pakistan first imposed a ban on Indian films following the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965.

    The ban was eventually lifted in 2008, but has been sporadically reintroduced.

    After India cracked down on protests in the disputed region of Kashmir in 2016, Pakistan banned all TV and radio from its neighbour.”

    • Pakistan bans Indian television channels amid water row

      What a great way to piss off your own population.

      First, tell them that water diversions may affect them.

      Next, block all Indian television transmissions, as in near-ZERO entertainment.

      Methinks that Pakistan has nothing to compare with the Bollywood production community. The Paks are going to tire of viewing their own low-budget crap in a few heartbeat.

      PS: Welcome to the introductory stages of Water Wars – Phase 1

  19. 7 Dead, Several Others Shot At Pittsburgh Synagogue

    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police from across the city of Pittsburgh are responding to an active shooting situation at the The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

    KDKA’s Andy Sheehan reports that at least seven people have been confirmed dead, possibly more.

    Police have requested that residents stay inside their home as they have exchanged gun fire with a suspected gunman.

    When officers arrived the gunman reportedly shot at them, forcing officers to use their vehicles as a shield.

    Two police officers were reportedly shot.

    The Synagogue was reportedly full of people for a Saturday service and police say they’ve received several calls from people barricaded inside the Synagogue.

    Video at site, they are saying 3 confirmed dead with another 3 to 4 possibly dead.

  20. SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Seven dead after gunman opens fire at Pittsburgh prayer service

    An active shooter is reported to be on the loose at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue

    AT least seven people have been killed after a gunman opened fire during a prayer service at a Pittsburgh synagogue today.

    Cops have cordoned off the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue as desperate attempts ongoing to reach worshippers trapped inside the building continue.

    The gunman is reported to be on the loose in the building as local media suggests the death toll could rise to at least eight.

    Updates from a KDKA at the scene claim two police officers have also been shot at.

    According to CBS, the shooter has been confined to the third floor of the synagogue.

    A number of people remain inside the building – the shooter is believed to be inside the building too.

    Witnesses who called 911 told authorities that the gunman had walked into the synagogue and opened fire on the congregation.

  21. Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Updates after gunman kills at least seven at Tree of Life prayer service

    The shooting happened at around 10am at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue

    A gunman burst into a synagogue in Pittsburgh while worshippers were inside, killing multiple people.

    He opened fire inside the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue.

    When police responded the shooter fired at officers, according to reports in the US.

    “There is an active shooter in the area of WILKINS and Shady,” the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said in a tweet.

    “Avoid the area. More info will be released when it is available.”

    Officers were called around 10am.

    • FOX is saying 4 deat 8 shot including a couple of comps, looks like the first cops on the scene ran into a planned ambush.

      The implication of this is that this is a terror attack aimed at the Jews and the Police.

      FOX reporting suspect in custody.

  22. DAILY MAIL – ITALY – Thousands of protesters take to the streets of Rome to demand the city’s first female mayor resign over crumbling infrastructure

    The cry ‘Rome says enough!’ has spread in recent weeks on social media, with residents sick of the city’s state
    Demonstration was arranged before a horrific accident this week in which more than 20 people were injured
    Raggi won the seat in 2016 for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement after both the traditional left and right-wing parties were seen to have failed

    Raggi won the seat in 2016 for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement after both the traditional left and right-wing parties were seen to have failed to get to grips with a city drowning in debt.

    She has struggled to build a team or take the initiative and her popularity has plummeted.

    Raggi is also standing trial on charges she lied about a council appointment, with a verdict in the case expected in November.

    Should Raggi be found guilty, she will be expected to stand down – potentially opening up the post of mayor to the far-right.

  23. Wisconsin man accused of attempting to buy radioactive material with intent to kill

    A Wisconsin man is accused of trying to buy a lethal dose of a radioactive substance on the Internet to try and kill someone.

    Justin Tolomeo, Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Jeremy Ryan, 30, of the Town of Madison has been charged with attempted possession of radioactive material with intent to cause death.

  24. EU to Set Up Special Payments Channel for Trade With Iran – Reports (sputniknews, Oct 27, 2018)

    “European companies with business interests in Iran have been feeling the pinch of Washington’s “snapback” sanctions against Tehran.

    The European Union will soon establish a special payments channel to ease trade transactions with Iran, allowing exporters to receive their foreign exchange earnings through it, Mehr News quoted Iran’s Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati as saying.

    Abdolnaser Hemmati wrote in a post online on Friday that the details of a new European Union mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports were discussed during last week’s meeting in Brussels.

    He added that the decision to set up a payments channel reflected a common understanding that both Iranian and European companies and businesses want to maintain their cooperation despite Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

    “The payments channel will act as a bilateral monetary agreement between Iran and the European Union, therefore both sides are pressing for its implementation as soon as possible,” Hemmati added.

    He underscored the sides’ shared desire to launch the payments channel as soon as possible, adding that further information about the channel and the way it is going to operate would be announced shortly.

    In a bid to protect European businesses against Washington’s sanctions on Iran, the EU has instructed European firms not to comply with the US demand for them to stop doing business with Tehran.
    Those of them that decide to pull out from Iran will require a special permission from the European Commission or face the risk of being sued by EU member states.

    A mechanism has also been launched to allow EU businesses affected by the sanctions to sue the US administration in the national courts of member states.

    The European Union is considering creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to enable trade with Iran and more broadly help the bloc avoid the extraterritorial reach of US law.”

  25. London stabbing: Man, 47, killed in attack in Hendon – three arrested (express, Oct 27, 2018)

    “A 47-YEAR-OLD man has been stabbed to death at a home in Hendon. The attack happened at 11.40pm last night.

    Paramedics arrived at the home in north London but the man died at the scene from stab injuries.

    Met Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 23:39 on Friday, 26 October to Greyhound Hill, Hendon, following reports of a male being stabbed.

    “Officers attended along with colleagues from the London Ambulance Service.

    “A male, aged 47, was found with a stab injury. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

    “A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A 21-year-old man and woman aged 23 have also been arrested in connection with this incident.

    “All have been taken to a north London police station for questioning.

    “The deceased and those arrested were known to each other.”

    Anybody with any information is being asked to contact the Metropolitan Police on 0208 721 4054 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

  26. A U.S. Navy warship has shot down a medium-range ballistic missile in space in the latest successful test of the military’s advanced interceptor technology.

    Sailors aboard the USS John Finn intercepted the missile target using a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during the test off the west coast of Hawaii, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency said Friday.

  27. Turkey: ‘Russia keeps right to help Syria if terrorists continue provocations in Idlib’ – Putin

    Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are taking part in the summit, which will focus on the settlement of the ongoing Syrian conflict as well as on the return of Syrian refugees.

    The four leaders are also expected to extensively discuss the ceasefire, as well as the effective implementation of a political settlement in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, which was established in December 2015.

  28. Rise in Number of Fighters Returning to Germany from Mideast (aawsat, Oct 27, 2018)

    “The German interior ministry has admitted that the number of fighters who have traveled from Germany to Syria and Iraq increased in 2017.

    In response to a parliamentary questionnaire submitted by the Left party, the ministry said at least 249 people have traveled from Germany to both countries.

    The number of those heading to fight alongside Kurds between April and December 2017 reached 45. While 204 people, including 69 Germans, joined different terrorist organizations in the two countries last year.

    Twenty-one of those who embarked on the journey on fight alongside Kurds against ISIS were killed, it said.

    It added that 22 of those supporting Kurds in Iraq and Syria have returned. They are part of 124 people who have returned to Germany after fighting in the two countries.

    The number of those joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq had dropped significantly in 2016.

    Ulla Jelpke, one of the Left party politicians who submitted the questionnaire, was highly critical of the interior ministry for considering Kurdish fighters as terrorists.

    “The fact that ISIS has been pushed back is thanks, in great part, to Kurdish YPG ground troops and their volunteer supporters. To investigate them for being members of a terrorist organization upon return is just grotesque,” said Jelpke.

    German newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung quoted police as saying that the judiciary has opened an investigation into many terror-related cases on returnees from Syria and Iraq.

    The prosecution has accused 27 of them of belonging to a terrorist organization. But dropped charges against 16 because of lack of evidence.”

  29. Saudi Arabia Is Beacon of Light Against Iran- Jubeir (aawsat, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Saudi Arabia and key ally Bahrain said on Saturday that Gulf states are playing a critical role in maintaining stability in the Middle East by combating Iran’s “vision of darkness”.

    Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against growing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

    “We are now dealing with two visions in the Middle East. One is a (Saudi) vision of light … One is a (Iranian) vision of darkness which seeks to spread sectarianism throughout the region,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a security summit in Bahrain.

    “History tells us that light always wins out against the dark … The question is how do we defeat them.”

    US President Donald Trump, who in May withdraw the United States from a 2015 international nuclear accord with Tehran, has strongly backed Saudi Arabia in its efforts to counter Iran’s influence. The next wave of US sanctions against Iran are due to come into effect on Nov 4.

    Bahrain’s foreign minister, Shiekh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, told the conference the Gulf bloc would remain a “pillar” of regional security and that a proposed security alliance grouping the United States, Gulf states, Jordan and Egypt would be activated next year.

    The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is meant to serve as a bulwark against Iran and extremism, Washington says.

    Jubeir said recent discussions in Saudi Arabia about a framework for MESA included officials from Qatar, that was boycotted by the Arab quartet in June 2017, and that the proposed alliance would not be affected by the diplomatic row.

    “It (MESA) is an alliance for security and prosperity for the region and will be open to those who accept its principles,” Sheikh Khalid said, adding that the alliance would also cooperate on economic issues.”

  30. German Man Sentenced in Turkey on Terror Charges (aawsat, Oct 27, 2018)

    “A German man has been sentenced by a Turkish court to six years and three months in prison for membership in a terrorist organization.

    The man, identified in German media as 29-year-old Patrick K., was also sentenced on Friday to almost two years’ prison for entering a sealed military territory. That sentence was suspended, said his lawyer Huseyin Bilgi, adding that they will appeal against the verdict.

    The German citizen was arrested on the Turkish-Syrian border near the Iraqi border in March.

    His trial began three weeks ago.

    He was accused by the prosecution of being a member of the Syrian Kurdish YPG, considered by Ankara to be a branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

    In a related case, Turkey has detained a Swedish man over suspected links to Kurdish militants in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

    The 46-year-old man is accused of being a regional leader of the PKK in Sweden.”

  31. Iran comes under criticism over hegemonic plans (gulfnews, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Iran was heavily criticised at an international security conference in Manama where it was accused of representing the dark side.

    Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa said at the Manama Dialogue here yesterday that the underlying theme tying all the crises in the region was the attempt by Iran’s decades-long quest to impose its hegemony on others, spread its revolution and control more territory through proxies.

    “Iran’s interference in the affairs of Yemen and its support to the terrorist Al Houthis has prolonged the conflict and contributes to Al Houthis’ unwillingness to return to the political process that all Yemeni parties agreed to in 2012 and to abandon their armed rebellion,” Shaikh Khalid said.

    Leaders in Iraq, and in Lebanon, are attempting to guide their nations towards the path of prosperity, but they are confronted by Iranian-backed groups or individuals who place loyalty to Tehran over the national interest of their countries, resulting in bad governance, inefficiency, and ultimately political paralysis, he added.

    “Hezbollah and associated groups continue to use bases in Lebanon and Iraq to destabilise the region. Young men and women are recruited from across the region and trained in bomb-making, weapons smuggling and military tactics and then sent back to destabilise their countries and advance the Iranian regime’s hegemonic ambitions.”
    Such ambitions in the region contribute to a constant source of tension and distrust among regional states and make existing crises even worse, he warned.

    In response to the problem of regional hegemonic ambitions, countries that have a role and a stake in the region such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Russia must engage with the region and with one another to help restore stability, Shaikh Khalid added..”

  32. Egypt builds largest solar power plant in the world (memo, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Egypt is “entering the world of solar energy” after it inaugurated the largest solar power plant in the world early this year, RT reported on Friday.

    Reporting the remarks of Egyptian official Hassan Abaza, RT said that the superpower plant was built in the city of Aswan, southern Egypt. It began supplying the national grid last December.

    Abaza reiterated that this is the largest solar power plant in the world, noting that his country is heading towards more investment in this kind of power as part of its plans for sustainable development. He also said that solar power energy is better than oil because it is renewable, stressing that the “green economy” is a mechanism to achieve sustainable development.

    In the long term, it is thought that green and renewable investment is much cheaper than the traditional power sources.

    The plant consists of 200,000 solar panels and 780 sun trackers which allow the panels to move and face the sun throughout the day. It generates up to 1.8 gigawatts of power, which is enough to service 20,000 households.”

  33. Spain Proposes Speedboat Ban to Curb Immigration, Drug Trafficking (moroccoworldnews, Oct 27, 2018)

    “The Spanish government has proposed banning the speedboats that trafficking networks use to transport migrants and drugs from North Africa to Spain.

    The government proposed the ban of “go fast” and inflatable boats at a meeting on Friday in the Spanish Council of Ministers.

    The Spanish police have identified the go fast boat as one used by traffickers of cannabis or hash and by migrants across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain from North African countries including Morocco.

    The decree will soon pass through the Spanish Parliament for its approval, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).

    Morocco and the EU are cooperating to curb the flow of irregular migrants to Europe…”

  34. Morocco’s BCIJ Arrests ISIS-Linked Engineering Student in Mohammedia (moroccoworldnews, Oct 27, 2018)

    “Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested on Saturday an engineering student with alleged ties to ISIS in Mohammedia, a city located between Casablanca and Rabat.

    According to a statement from the BCIJ, the suspect “was planning a terrorism plot to undermine the stability of the country by using an explosive belt.”

    The statement added that BCIJ officials seized computers, two hard disks, several suspicious CDs and two mobile phones.

    During the operation the BCIJ also seized suspicious materials, including diving equipment, a wooden stick, electrical cables, a voltmeter, and an adhesive tape.

    Authorities put the suspects in custody for further investigations to identify other potential suspects with links to terror groups…”

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