ISIS sadist was Viva Palestina volunteer

Kotey left Britain in 2009, when he traveled to the Gaza Strip on an aid convoy of 110 vehicles organized by George Galloway, then a member of British Parliament. Nine volunteers on the Viva Palestina mission were arrested under the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act the day before departure.

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Rising number of Iranian girls as young as 10 forced to marry

Filthy child rapists:

A growing number of young girls are being forced to marry in Iran, UN rights experts warned Thursday, decrying laws permitting sexual intercourse with girls as young as nine.

About every 90 minutes, an honor killing unfolds somewhere in the world

“She took away our honor,” Maqsood said from his jail cell. “If you put one drop of piss in a gallon of milk, the whole thing gets destroyed. That’s what she has done. … So I said, ‘No, I will kill you myself.’”

Maqsood said that after shooting Saba he went home and told his wife, “I have gone and killed your daughter.” He added: “My wife cried. What else could she do? I am her husband. She is just my wife.”

Perpetrators of honor killings often are not prosecuted because Pakistani law allows families of victims to forgive a killing. So a man kills his daughter, the rest of the family forgives him, and he’s off the hook.

Tremendous pressure was applied to Saba by community elders to pardon her father and uncle. In the end, her husband’s older brother — the head of her new family — told her to forgive and move on. “There is no other way,” he said. “We have to live in the same neighborhood.”

Saba complied, and her father and uncle were released from prison. “After this incident, everyone says I am more respected,” her father boasted. “I can proudly say that for generations to come none of my descendants will ever think of doing what Saba did.”

Hezbollah drugs-for-guns ring busted in international sting

An international sting operation has netted members of a European Hezbollah cell accused of using millions of dollars from cocaine sales in South America to buy weapons for Syria, US officials said Monday.

Edmonton court relaxes Omar Khadr’s bail conditions

Omar Khadr is allowed to stay out past his midnight curfew if required by employment or education commitments, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge in Edmonton ruled Friday.

Khadr, who is living with his lawyer’s family in Edmonton, is taking courses to become an emergency medical responder, possibly working in an ambulance. Such a position would require late hours.

Federal and provincial lawyers did not oppose the change to his bail conditions, nor did they oppose Khadr’s request to make travel easier.

The court decided requests to travel out of province can be approved by his parole officer, rather than taking each request back to court for permission.

His third request — to meet and speak with his mother and sister without the presence of his lawyer Dennis Edney — will be argued later in February. Federal lawyers oppose the request.

Bail conditions require Khadr to speak English with his mother and sister Zeynab. But he is not required to speak English when he visits his grandparents in Toronto.


Abbas: ‘We Welcome Every Drop of Blood Spilled in Jerusalem’

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”