Thousands of immigrants from the Middle East have fled to Europe in recent months. The total number of immigrants from January to April of this year is 60,000. At least a third are Syrians trying to escape the Syrian Civil War. The most common way immigrants are entering Europe is through the Central Mediterranean route. In this route, immigrants sail the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy.
In the past European elections, the Nation Front won 24 out of 74 French seats in the new European parliament. The far-right party is led by Marine Le Pen, who wants to bring back national border control and give up the euro. The outcome of the elections triggered rallies from mostly young students. In Paris, the number of protesters reached 4,000, police said. Protesters shouted, “We are the children of immigrants!”
Refugees from Syria that have fled to Lebanon and Jordan are going to be able to vote next week. According to the UN, an astounding 2.8 million Syrians have fled to nearby countries. Even though over 160,000 people have died since the uprising against Assad, he is predicted to win a third term in office. Assad does have a losing chance because this is the first time in decades that Syria is holding an election with more than one candidate.
Mehdi Ali Qamar, a cardiologist based in Ohio who visited Pakistan to volunteer at a hospital, was shot to death in front of his wife and 3-year-old son. 50-year-old Qamar was entering a cemetery in Rabwah when two men on a motorbike opened fire. The doctor was shot at least 10 times, his relatives were not hurt. The hospital has been a target of Muslim extremists in the past.
Recent terrorist attacks in China have been linked to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The bombing of an open market in Urumqi was carried out by separatists from the region’s Muslim group. The October 28th jeep crash in Tiananmen Square that killed 5 people and injured another 40 has been linked to the Turkistan Islamist Party, a Pakistan-based militant group, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Afonso Dhlakama hid in the bush in 2012 after accusing the government of breaking terms of a peace deal. Military troops may have been moved to the central Gorongosa Mountains to engage in an assault. However, Mozambican opposition party Renamo warned that an assault would be “disastrous.” Dhlakama wants the government to guarantee his safety so he can run for president in the election in five months.
The Canadian Meteorological Service has banned its weather forecasters from speaking about climate change in public. Spokesmen Mark Johnson said, “Environment Canada scientists speak to their area of expertise.” After Stephen Harper’s election, the Canadian government banned scientists from speaking about climate change without getting political clearance. There has been an 80 percent decline in climate change media coverage in Canada since the ban.
Lithuanian President Grybauskaite has won the presidential election for the second time last Sunday with 57.9 percent of the votes. Lithuania is a member of NATO and the European Union and fears that Russia could destabilize it. Fears of Russia allowed President Grybauskaite to win the election on a tough anti-Russian campaign. “We are in a vortex of threats today,” Grybauskaite said during presidential debates.
Hundreds protested near the tree where two girls hanged to prevent the bodies from being taken down until arrests were made. At least two of the four men that were arrested were serving police officers. The search is still on for three more suspects in the rape and murder of two girls, age 14 and 15. The local police chief has been removed after accusations of ignoring reports of the missing girls.
BNP is being fined for violating sanctions against Iran, Sudan, and Cuba. This settlement could be the largest criminal penalty since BP paid a 4 billion dollar fine. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is taking a tougher stance after criticism that banks escape criminal charges by paying fines. A final deal is still weeks away.