Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hungary PM Says Every Migrant Is a Terror Risk; Sees Migrants as Poison Not Welcome in Hungary

Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban has described the arrival of asylum seekers in Europe as "a poison" -- as every single migrant poses a terror risk -- which his country did not want or need, The Guardian website reports today (July 26, 2016).

As the beheading of an elderly priest in Normandy, France today by Islamic State (IS) supporters became the latest in a string of violent attacks to shake Europe this summer, Orban fuelled fears of Middle Eastern and African immigrants as well as praising Donald Trump's plans for U.S. foreign policy.

"Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future," he told a joint press conference in Budapest with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.

The Hungarian leader added that "every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk." He also asserted: "For us migration is not a solution but a problem... not medicine but a poison, we don't need it and won't swallow it."

Pope Rips Barbarous Murder of French Priest; Two IS Terrorists Slit Throat of Priest at Mass

In a Vatican statement today (July 26, 2016), Pope Francis announced his "most radical condemnation" of an Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack, in which two knife-wielding men slit the throat of Fr. Jacques Hamel, 85, while he was celebrating morning Mass in Normandy, France, and took several other people hostage before being shot and killed by police, according to the Breitbart website.

Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that the Holy See was "shocked" by this latest news, "creating immense sorrow and worry."

Lombardi said that the Pope "shares in the sorrow and horror over this absurd violence," offering his "most radical condemnation" of the act as well as his prayers for the victims.

"We are particularly struck because this horrible violence took place within a church, a sacred place in which God's love is preached, with the barbarous murder of a priest and the involvement of the faithful," Lombardi added.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Amnesty Inter.:Turkey Abusing Many Detainees; Has Proof Detainees Are Tortured,Beaten,Raped

Amnesty International has published a statement indicating that detainees in Turkey are being tortured amid the spate of arrests after the July 15 failed coup, the Euro News website reports today (July 25, 2016).

"Amnesty International has gathered credible evidence that detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centers in the country," the statement reads.

"The organization is calling for independent monitors to be given immediate access to detainees in all facilities in the wake of the coup attempt, which include police headquarters, sports centers, and courthouses."

Amnesty International's Europe director John Dalhuisen said.... "The grim details that we have documented are just a snapshot of the abuses that might be happening in places of detention."

At Least 15 Wounded in German Restaurant Blast; Attacker Was Syrian Muslim, Was Denied Asylum

In what is believed to be the fourth Muslim terrorist attack in Germany within the past week, at least 15 people were wounded after an explosion at a restaurant/bar on July 23 in Ansbach, Germany, the USA Today website reports today (July 25, 2016).

Authorities say the attacker -- a 27-year-old Syrian Muslim who was denied asylum -- died in the blast when the device he was carrying exploded.

Police sealed off the area around Eugene's Wine Bar.

Carda Seidel, the mayor of Ansbach, told reporters yesterday that the blast was deliberate. The blast took place outside of a popular music festival. Ansbach is a community near Nuremberg.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

At Least 61 Killed,207 Wounded in Kabul Attack; ISIS Responsible for Attack on Minority Muslims

At least 61 people were killed and another 207 wounded today (July 23, 2016) after an explosion tore through a protest in Kabul -- the capital of Afghanistan -- by minority Shiite Hazaras, according to the Reuters website.

"Opportunist terrorists" took advantage of the protest to kill and wound "a number of our countrymen, including security and defense personnel," President Ashraf Ghani said.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The protest was organized by ethnic Hazaras, a minority Shiite Muslim group in the predominantly Sunni Muslim country.

Friday, July 22, 2016

EU Warns Turkey on Disavowing Human Rights; Failed Coup No Excuse for Unacceptable Actions

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has warned Turkey it should not be using democratic institutions to undercut human rights, the Euro News website reports today (July 22, 2016).

In the wake of a failed coup, Mogherini said, "There is no excuse, there is no way in which the reaction can undermine fundamental freedoms and rights."

"What we are seeing, especially in the fields of universities, media, the judiciary, is unacceptable," she added.

Tens of thousands of people have been suspended, detained, or placed under investigation in Turkey since last week's attempted coup.

At Least 6 Are Killed in a Munich Shopping Center; Ten More Wounded by Apparent Terrorist Shooter

At least six people have been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting today (July 22, 2016) at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

The mall near the southern German city's Olympic stadium was surrounded by police after shots were fired. Police are calling the incident -- which may have involved as many as three shooters -- suspected terrorism.

"There is a major police operation under way in the shopping center," Munich police said on Twitter, urging people to avoid the area.

Emergency vehicles were seen in the streets outside, as passers-by looked on.