Saturday, November 27

Day: July 4, 2016

French plot to topple City of London is foolish bluster
ENGLISH, Europe

French plot to topple City of London is foolish bluster

    The plans conflict with far more important economic and strategic objectives of the EU, and some of the stated intentions violate existing EU law. France is rolling out the red carpet for putative refugees from Canary Wharf, hoping to capture the lion’s share of the estimated €600bn to €1 trillion market for clearing in euro-denominated transactions. Some German officials are also eyeing the City, but more discreetly. "There is a power play going on. It is very clear France and Germany will do everything they can to damage the City and get the business for themselves," said Professor Athanasios Orphanides, a former member of the European Central Bank's governing council. "But I don't think anybody can kill the City that easily. The EU itself is so messed up right now and t...
Islamic State is our top enemy: Saudi Grand Mufti
Arab world, ENGLISH

Islamic State is our top enemy: Saudi Grand Mufti

    Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority has condemned the armed groups Islamic State and al-Qaeda as apostates and labelled them the "number one enemy of Islam". The country's grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, said on Tuesday that terrorism, which he accuses the groups of committing on a systematic scale, had no place in Islam's ideology. "Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on Earth, destroying human civilisation, are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims," he said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. The Saudi government has been a main supporter of rebels battling Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, but has funnelled arms and money away from Islamic State and ...
Homemade bomb that sounded like a cannon blows off student’s foot in Central Park
America, ENGLISH

Homemade bomb that sounded like a cannon blows off student’s foot in Central Park

    A college student stepped on a “homemade” bomb in Central Park Sunday, blowing off his left foot, authorities said. Connor Golden, 18, of Fairfax, Va. had just climbed down off of a rock near E. 60th St. and Fifth Ave. around 11 a.m. when the blast went off. The explosive appeared to have been in the area more than a day, according to Lt. Mark Torre, the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Bomb Squad said. He ruled out authorities’ initial suspicion of a self-inflicted fireworks mishap. Two friends of the victim, Connor Golden, 18, of Fairfax, Va., insisted they had no fireworks or other explosives. One witnesses said the victim’s foot was “all but gone.” Another said the blast sounded “like a cannon.” Bomb-sniffing dogs combed the area around the explosion. Cops also examine...
Militants followed IS recruiters, controversial preacher
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Militants followed IS recruiters, controversial preacher

Sharier Khan: Two of the five young militants who have slaughtered 20 innocent people Friday night at Holey Artisan Bakery used to follow three controversial Islamists -- Anjem Choudary, Shami Witness and Zakir Nayek. Militant killer Nibras Islam, 22, used to follow two alleged suspected recruiters of Islamic State -- Anjem Choudary and Shami Witness -- on Twitter in 2014. Another killer Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, propagated on Facebook last year quoting Peace TV’s controversial preacher Zakir Nayek “urging all Muslims to be terrorists”. A Pakistan-origin British citizen, 49-year-old Anjem is now facing trial in England for breaking the British anti-terrorism law. Shami Witness is the Twitter name of 24-year-old Mehdi Biswas of Bangalore in India, who is also facing trial...
Theresa May refuses to rule out deportation of EU nationals living in UK amid fears of influx of migrants
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May refuses to rule out deportation of EU nationals living in UK amid fears of influx of migrants

    Theresa May has refused to rule out the deportation of EU nationals living in Britain after the country leaves the European Union, amid fears that guaranteeing their rights at this stage could lead to a “huge influx” of migrants during the Brexit negotiation phase. It comes as the Home Secretary, who has emerged as the clear frontrunner in the race to succeed David Cameron as Conservative leader, said today that although she wanted to “guarantee the position” of EU citizens currently living in the UK she admitted their future could be up for negotiation. A source close to Ms May told The Independent: “She [Ms May] was saying it’s unwise to promise right now that all EU nationals living in Britain should be able to stay indefinitely. The reason for that is if we did that th...