Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:21 UTC
"We are concerned that the Bavarian Firearms Sports Group Munich might try to pursue the anti-constitutional goals of PEGIDA Munich in a combative and aggressive way, for example, in the form of attacks against minorities such as refugees and Muslims," the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said.
He added that his department has launched an investigation against the club and considers banning it.
On Thursday, police in the southern German state conducted a large-scale operation against some members of the gun club as well as local PEGIDA leaders; searching apartments and several other facilities. Eleven sites were raided in the Bavarian regional capital of Munich and the towns of Kaufbeuren and Bad Rodach.
Some 120 police officers, including several special task force units, took part in the operation, German media reported. Police seized two illegal firearms during the raid.
"We have indications that the goal of the firearms group's [activity] was aimed against the constitutional order and against the ideas of mutual understanding between various peoples while the shooting sport was just used as a disguise," Herrmann said in a statement, explaining his decision to launch the shakedown.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:30 UTC
Roger Waters, the primary composer and lyricist of Pink Floyd during their most prominent years has for decades, used his music to convey a message of peace and humanity. He has typically got it right and occasion gets it wrong.
One issue he has got totally right is the issue of Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israeli war, occupation and economic blockade. For over ten years, Waters has made the issue of Palestinian freedom a central point in his music and accompanying dramatic stage shows.
Waters is part of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement which encourages individuals to boycott Israeli products and tourism. Waters uses his status as a 'music legend' to highlight the plight of Palestinians. In 2012 he spoke at the United Nations on the issue. He frequently pens open letters to fellow musicians asking them to refrain from performing in Israel until a meaningful peace settlement is reached.
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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:37 UTC
The legislation was passed by the Bundestag, Germany's parliament, on Thursday evening.
"The state has a duty to present itself in an ideologically and religiously neutral manner," the text of the law states, as cited by AFP.
The ban applies to public servants, including election officials, as well as military personnel and staff working in the judiciary.
"[The ban] obliges officials and soldiers not to hide their faces while performing their duties or during direct fulfillment of their tasks," a statement on the Bundestag's website says.
However, the legislation does contain some exceptions. For example, military personnel and public servants may wear a full-face veil to protect themselves from infections. Police officers can also cover their faces in order to conceal their identity.
The new legislation also brings changes to existing laws concerning IDs.
Comment: See also:
- Austria bans full-face veil in public places
- Propaganda is working: Poll finds majority of Brits support a ban on burqas in public
- German teachers stand up for Muslim student barred from wearing niqab at school
- Divide & Conquer: Violence continues in France over Islamic veil ban
- Syria bans full Islamic face veils at universities
- Swiss MP wants to ban hijabs from passport photos
PC bureaucracy in action? Healthcare providers not required to report illegal FGM despite half a million women at risk
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00 UTC
According to reports, several young Somali girls were brought from Minnesota, one of twenty-four states that have passed legislation to make female genital mutilation (FGM) illegal according to state laws, to Michigan, one of twenty-six states in which FGM has not been made illegal in state law, where Dr. Nagarwala, with assistance from Mrs. Attar, performed the procedure outlawed by federal law in a medical office owned by Dr. Attar.
"Since 1996, there have been specific federal criminal penalties for performing FGM/C in the United States on anyone under 18 years old, including fines, up to 5 years in prison, or both. In 2013, Congress amended the federal statute related to FGM/C to criminalize the knowing transportation of a girl under 18 years old from the United States for the purpose of performing FGM/C abroad—often referred to as 'vacation cutting,' " according to the June 2016 Government Accountability Office's report Female Genital Mutilation/Cuttin
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:49 UTC
The cell containing 12 men and a women was initially exposed by the Philippines' official Commission on Human Rights (CHR) during its unannounced visit to Police Station 1 in the Tondo district in the capital, Manila, local news website Rappler reported, citing the CHR.
When they were discovered by CHR activists and journalists, the detainees cried "here we are, here we are," AFP reported, adding that some of them begged for water and pleaded with rights workers not to abandon them.
When the CHR attempted to free the detainees, the police reportedly objected, saying: "We arrested them. You can't take them." Station Commander Superintendent Robert Domingo said the detainees were jailed on drug offenses and their documents were still being processed.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:04 UTC
The police arrested five people in the Thursday evening operation, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Neil Basu, said Friday, Reuters reports.
The woman shot during the raid was one of the subjects of an investigation into terrorism, according to the official.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:48 UTC
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Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:05 UTC
According to reports, The Michigan City police chief asked La Porte County Sheriff's Office to conduct the investigation to avoid any suspicion of a conflict of interest. Investigators charged Jackson with four counts of rape.
Although he was a veteran police officer with the department, the Michigan City PD told reporters Jackson's alleged rapes happened when he was not on duty. "He always seemed like a good guy, but he was always very flirtatious. We knew something wasn't quite right, but we never imagined he could do something like this," said Shelly Yanke, an acquaintance of Jackson.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:51 UTC
Armed police cordoned off part of Whitehall on Thursday afternoon after the man was tackled and arrested by police "following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation."
There are some suggestions he was known to police.
Comment: Whitehall terrorist suspect identified
A terrorist suspect who was arrested by armed police as he was carrying a "bag of knives" through Westminster on Thursday has been named as Mohammed Khalid Omar Ali.
The 27-year-old was detained as part of an intelligence-led operation and had been tracked by MI5 for possible ties to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), after a concerned family member is believed to have contacted the police.
The man, who is understood to have been born overseas and lived in South East London, was detained outside the Treasury, just yards from where five people were killed in a terrorist attack by Khalid Masood last month.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40 UTC
But that doesn't mean that Americans stopped spending completely, quite the contrary. According to the BEA's "goalseeked" models, even as retail sales tumbled, as Obamacare continued to drain disposable income away from other discretionary purchases, Americans - who spent far less on cars, clothing and housing in the first quarter than in Q4 - were scrambling to buy... recreational vehicles!?