Plans for a first-of-its-kind "gay school" in Britain seeking to carter to LGBT students have been criticized by some politicians who've spoken out against this kind of segregation.
"This idea does nothing but foster division. At a time that successive governments have closed all but a few special schools, why this sudden exception, if not for reasons of political correctness?" asked UKIP deputy leader and education spokesman, Paul Nuttall, according to the Daily Mail.
"Integration is the key to understanding, and it is utterly bizarre to be taking a step that highlights differences and adds nothing of value to a child's education." more >>
Over two dozen terror suspects believed to be connected with ISIS have been arrested across Belgium, France and Germany, officials said on Friday. Two terror suspects in the Eastern Belgium city of Verviers were killed in a counter-terror raid on Thursday, and at least 13 others were detained.
The Associated Press reported that beside the arrests in Belgium, another 14 people in total were detained in France and Germany, suspected to be members of ISIS.
Belgian federal magistrate Eric Van der Sypt revealed in a conference on Friday that the terrorists were getting ready to carry out an attack on police officers in the city. A search found that the suspects had four military-style weapons in their possession, including Kalashnikov assault rifles. more >>
Pope Francis' recent comments that he would punch someone for insulting his mother have been criticized by some Catholics, such as former CNN host Piers Morgan. The Vatican has defended the remarks, however, noting that they represented a "free style of speech," and that the pope does not condone violence.
"The Pope's words about Dr. Gasbarri were spoken colloquially and in (a) friendly, intimate manner among colleagues and friends," Vatican spokesman Thomas Rosica told CNN. "His response might be similar to something each of us has felt when those dearest to us are insulted or harmed."
UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. ET Jan. 15, 2015
Belgian authorities confirmed Thursday that a terror cell comprised of people who had returned from fighting in Syria was operating in Verviers, Belgium, and members were about to carry out major terrorist attacks inside the country. Security forces carried out 10 searches and took on heavy gufire from suspects who authorities said were using "war weapons" and "hand weapons" to combat police. Belgian prosecutors' spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt also confirmed that no police officers were injured during the raids, and explained that the nation's terror threat level has been raised. The next news conference will be held at 11 a.m. local time on Friday.
Two terror suspects have reportedly been killed and one seriously injured during a counter-terror raid in Eastern Belgium on Thursday. Initial reports indicate that the suspects have connections to the Islamic State terror group and might have been planning an attack in Belgium. more >>
Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II have separately said that while the terror attacks on France last week were wrong, it is not right for people to insult the faith of others. The sentiment has been echoed by Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who warned that his country will not tolerate drawings of Muhammad, such as the ones made by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
"You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others," Francis told journalists when asked about the Charlie Hebdo situation on Thursday, The Associated Press reported.
A terror attack last week on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris left 12 people dead, and 17 in total were killed in other attacks carried out by Islamic extremists. The French magazine was attacked because of its drawings of Muhammad, considered a prophet in Islam, Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen revealed when taking responsibility for organizing the attack. more >>
The anti-Islamisation movement Pegida gathered record numbers of people in rallies this week in Germany, following the terror attacks in France that left 17 people dead. Larger counter-demonstrations for unity have accused the movement of harboring anti-immigrant xenophobia, however, and some asylum-seekers have spoken out about fears for their safety.
The Independent reported on Wednesday that a record 25,000 Pegida supporters gathered in Dresden, while more anti-Islamisation rallies are scheduled for Cologne. The campaign has spoken out against mass immigration into Germany, particularly by people coming from Muslim countries, who Pegida says are changing the country's culture and having a negative effect on society.
The terror attacks carried out in Paris last week by Islamic extremists who targeted satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad have escalated tensions to a notable high. more >>