1. Berliners call for more CCTV with 83 per cent saying more public areas should be covered by cameras in the wake of the Christmas market killings

Berliners have called for more CCTV cameras in the wake of the Christmas market terrorist attack. A survey carried out following the murder of 11 people by Anis Amri showed 83 per cent of those in the German capital wanted extra surveillance in public areas. It also found that 68 per cent wanted a rethink on Germany’s immigration policy after Tunisian and ISIS fanatic Amri drove a 35-tonne lorry into shoppers on Monday. The research, carried out by the Emnid research institute on behalf of German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, also…

Berlin attack: Germany hunts possible accomplices to suspect

Germany on Saturday searched for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker who was gunned down by Italian police, as Tunisia announced the arrest of three men linked to the jihadist. One of those detained was the nephew of the Tunisian-born attack suspect Anis Amri, the country’s interior ministry said. The three men, aged between 18 and 27, were arrested yesterday and were members of a “terrorist cell… connected to the terrorist Anis Amri”,” it said in a statement. It made no direct link between the trio and the…

Germany to speed up repatriation of failed Tunisian asylum seekers – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that her cabinet wants to accelerate the repatriation procedures for failed asylum seekers from Tunisia. Her statement follows the Berlin Christmas market attack allegedly carried out by a Tunisian national. “We have … made progress this year on the very important issue of deporting Tunisian citizens who have no right to stay in Germany,” Merkel said during a press conference on Friday. “I told the Tunisian president that we have to significantly speed up the deportation process and increase the number of people sent…

Berlin suspect Amri killed near Milan

Anis Amri, the man suspected of Monday’s attack on a Christmas market in Berlin in which 12 people died, was killed in a shootout at Sesto San Giovanni, near Milan, on Friday, Interior Minister Marco Minniti said. He was identified on the basis of his appearance and fingerprints, anti-terrorism sources in Milan said. Amri arrived in Italy from France, according to anti-terrorism Digos police. He went from Chambery to Turin and then took a train to Milan, where he arrived at around 1:00. Then he went from Milan’s Stazione Centrale…

Saddam Hussein’s daughter: Trump has ‘political sensibility’

On the morning of Eid al-Adha in December 2006, Raghad Saddam Hussein, her sister and their children squeezed together in front of the television in Raghad’s home in Amman and wept as they watched footage of her father being hurtled by masked men to the gallows where he would be hanged. Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq from 1979 until his overthrow and capture by a US-led coalition in 2003, declined to wear the hood and shed no tears as the noose was put around his neck. The Iraqiya TV broadcast…

Anis Amri used six different aliases and three different nationalities.

Spiegel Online revealed  according to reporting by the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and public broadcasters WDR and NDR, the police had wiretapped the suspect’s telephone calls. And underlined that it is unclear at the moment how security officials lost the suspect’s trail. It noted that the Police in Berlin have stated that they have received more than 500 tips since the attack and they have been pursuing a suspect who may be armed. A man who had been detained early in the investigation was released on Tuesday due to a lack…

German police hunt Tunisian man over Berlin attack

In the latest development in the hunt for suspects, German media is now reporting that police are looking for a Tunisian man after finding an identity document in the truck. Der Spiegel, which did not cite its sources, said the document was in the name of Anis A, born in Tataouine in 1992. The man is also believed to use false names. Share+1TweetShare0 Shares

In Africa 8 in 10 youths worried by climate change

Survey on millennials in 19 countries including Algeria and Morocco Eight in 10 young Africans are convinced that climate change has a negative impact on their lives, according to the first pan African study on climate change released on Tuesday by South Africa’s GC Consulting. About seven in 10 consider access to water and the development of renewable energy as the most important initiatives to fight global warming and over half accused governments of not doing enough to fight against the effects of global warming, said the study. The research…

Where Next? The Syrian regime has several military options as it advances after the Aleppo victory.

Seemingly unthinkable just a few months ago, the fall of Aleppo represents a major victory for forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The pressing question now is where these forces will head next: eastwards, so as to confront the Islamic State, or to the west and south in order to roll back opposition strongholds in Idlib province and around Deraa city? The Islamic State appeared to resolve the question in mid-December with its dramatic recapture of Palmyra from regime forces and its swift onward push towards…

Exclusive: U.S. proposed $5-7 billion penalty for Credit Suisse on toxic debt-source

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Credit Suisse to pay between $5 billion and $7 billion to settle a probe over its sale of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, a source with knowledge of the matter said, but the bank has resisted settling for that amount. The size of the suggested settlement indicates that the cost to the bank may be higher than analysts had expected and explains why Credit Suisse management has been pushing for a smaller penalty. “Credit Suisse is confident of…