Regional News • Europe • France
Samuel Paty received the French Légion d’Honneur posthumously

Samuel Paty, the teacher decapitated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, has been posthumously awarded the Légion d’honneur.

On October 21, during a private ceremony in the Sorbonne university, President Emmanuel Macron bestowed the country’s highest honour on the family of Paty.

Regional News • Europe • France
A history and geography teacher beheaded near Paris

The victim had made a recent intervention in class about freedom of speech where he mentioned the Muhammad cartoons controversy, which pushed the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office to take over the investigation.

The assaillant has been shot by the police.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Credit: Christian Wiediger

After the riots in Stuttgart, a voice message with racist content by a police officer appeared on social networks. The official describes the events in Stuttgart city center and draws a direct parallel to refugee policy and migrants. The police have confirmed the authenticity and have initiated an internal investigation against a known police officer.

Science • Medicine
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
Stuttgart: Criminologist sees Corona as factor for the riots
Credit: NTV (Reproduction)

Christian Pfeiffer, the criminologist and former SPD Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, sees the corona restrictions as a possible cause for the riots in Stuttgart. Pent-up anger from the contact restrictions and frustration are apparently the cause of the events, but not political motives.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
New details surface of police brutality against asylum-seekers at the Croatian border
Injuries sustained by an asylum-seeker
Injuries sustained by an asylum-seeker Credit: Danish Refugee Council

Gruesome reports and photographs have surfaced of migrant and asylum-seekers abuse by Croatian special police. Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, calls for the European Commission to investigate.

There have been reports of abuse at the Croatian border since late 2017.

Two women killed in Carinthia, Austria

On Saturday morning, a 60-year old Austrian man killed two women. He murdered the first woman (62), presumably his ex-wife, with an axe and later shot another woman (56) out of his car. The unnamed man fled to Italy where he was spotted at a parking lot by Italian police. The perpetrator fired three warning shots and, upon being approached by police, shot himself.

Regional News • Africa
Nigeria: "No Means No!" - Protests against sexual violence
Late Vera Omosuwa
Late Vera Omosuwa Credit: Omosuwa Family

Over 200 demonstrators protested in Abuja demanding "Justice for all Nigerian girls and women". Protests were sparked by multiple high-profile rape and murder cases. Just this past week a 22-year old student named Vera Uwaila Omosuwa was raped in a church and later died.

Regional News • Asia • China
China: Security Guard Hurts 40 Children

A security guard at a primary school in southwest China has severely injured some 40 children with a knife.

The perpetrator was arrested, the motive is still unknown.

There are repeated attacks by criminals in kindergartens and schools, often the perpetrators justify their actions with resentment and perceived injustice.

Perpetrator is silent on the motif in Volkmarsen car attack that wounded 154 people

Maurice P., who steered his vehicle into a Rose Monday procession and wounded 154 people on February 24th, 2020 in Volkmarsen (Germany), remains silent about his motive. His lawyer also announced that his client was unlikely to comment on this in court proceedings.

The investigators can now rule out a right-wing motive, but do not have their own investigative approach.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Ella Jones elected first black mayor of Ferguson, Missouri
Ella Jones (First, from the right), new mayor of Ferguson, Missouri
Ella Jones (First, from the right), new mayor of Ferguson, Missouri Credit: Ferguson City Council (Public Domain)

Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over the death of George Floyd, and police treatment of black communities roil the nation.

Six years ago protests in Ferguson, and days of clashes between police and demonstrators, were sparked by the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. A white police officer also killed the young black man.

Jones, a city councilwoman, will also become the first woman to serve as mayor of the St. Louis suburb.

Technology • Internet & Web
Snapchat removes Trump from discover section
Snapchat on iPhone
Snapchat on iPhone Credit: Thought Catalog

The parent company Snap has removed Donald Trump's account from the Discover section on the social media app Snapchat.

In a statement, the company said the "Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society, and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America" and that Trump promotes "racial violence and injustice".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
"Law & Order" boss fires writer Craig Gore over threatening social media posts

Craig Gore a TV writer for an upcoming spinoff series of "Law & Order" has been fired from his job by executive Dick Wolf, after he published threatening statements on social media. Under one of his own posts Craig Gore had previously commented "Sunset is being looted two blocks from me. You think I wont light motherf----ers up who are trying to f--- w/ my property I worked all my life for? Think again...".

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter shuts down multiple fake Antifa accounts run by white supremacists

The social network has stated that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa has posted calls for violence in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement under the twitter handle @Antifa_US. Twitter has reported the account as it "violated our platform manipulation and spam policy, specifically the creation of fake accounts. We took action after the account sent a Tweet inciting violence and broke the Twitter Rules" according to the platform.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Peaceful protesters tear-gassed to clear path for Donald Trump photo-op

Police used tear gas and sound grenades to clear peaceful protesters in front of the White House to make way for Trump to visit the St. John's Episcopal Church.

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde,  condemned President Donald Trump on a interview with CNN: "Let me be clear: The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for,"

Regional News • Americas • United States
Reporters and security guards injured by police shots
Tear gassing what was a peaceful protest in Minneapolis
Tear gassing what was a peaceful protest in Minneapolis Credit: Dan Aasland (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

According to reports by the Reuters news agency, a reporter and an accompanying security guard have been targeted by police during protests in Minneapolis.

The duo accompanied the police to enforce the curfew when a police officer aimed his gun with rubber bullets at the two of them. When escaping from this reaction, both were most likely seriously injured.

Germany: Four years and six months in jail for attack on bouncer

The regional court in Essen sentenced a 22-year-old to a four-and-a-half-year sentence for serious dangerous bodily harm to the disadvantage of a 47-year-old bouncer. The victim and full-time fireman lost an eye in the fight and sustained serious injuries.

Regional News • Middle East
Protests erupt in Jerusalem after killing of unarmed, autistic Palestinian by police

Palestinians have started protesting against police violence in Israel following the death of an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man. The man was shot by the police inside the Est Jerusalem's Old City on his way to special needs school. The police stated that they stopped Eyad al-Halaq, 32, for a search and found a "suspicious object that looked like a pistol". The man was, according to statements made by his family, rushing away as he was "spooked by the police" and has "the mental age of a six-year-old child". The police chased the man and started shooting several rounds, killing him in the process. The police than released a statement that they "suspect" got "neutralized" by them and found no weapons in his posession.

Nördlingen assault in 2019 only faked

At the beginning of 2019, two attacks on a security employee in Nördlingen, Germany made headlines. The same employee had been attacked and injured in quick succession by an unknown person. Now it came out: the crimes were only faked. It is now being investigated against the security forces.

Regional News • Americas • United States
19-year-old man dies at protests as shots have been fired into crowd

During the protests against the death of George Floyd a 19-year-old protesting man has been shot. During the night time protests in Detroit, Michigan shots have been fired into a crowd of protestors, killing the man. So far it's unclear who was shooting.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd's death

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday days after a video circulated of him holding his knee to George Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes before Floyd died.

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told reporters about Chauvin's arrest shortly after a news conference.