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Danish lawmakers OK seizing valuables from migrants

Danes approve seizing vluables from immigrantsDanish lawmakers voted Tuesday to let police seize valuables worth more than $1,500 from asylum-seekers to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases were being processed.

After more than three hours of debate, the minority Liberal Party government's bill was adopted in a 81-27 vote, with the support of the opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish People's Party — Denmark's two largest parties. One lawmaker abstained and 70 others were absent.


Recap of Davos 2016

Economic Forum: Davos, 2016Are we on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution? Most participants in Davos think so. And it’s unlike anything we’ve ever experienced: “As a society, we are entering uncharted territory,” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told participants on the last day of this year’s Annual Meeting.

Less clear, however, is the impact this revolution will have on entire industries, regions and societies around the world. Will it be a force for good or evil? Will it provide new opportunities for all, or will it exacerbate inequalities?


Leading atheist's Jerusalem home vandalized

Home of leading Atheist vandalized in JerusalemA private home in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem was found vandalized with a Star of David and allusions to Old Testament verses on its door and wall Thursday morning.

"Destruction of Amalek" was scrawled on the fence surrounding the house as was "Psalms 139: 21-22."

The full verses were not spray-painted as part of the graffiti, but the ones from Psalms read as follows:


West Bank teen killed after trying to stab guard

west bank teen killed after rushing guard with knifeA 13-year-old Palestinian girl was fatally shot by police after she reportedly rushed at a guard brandishing a knife.

According to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid left her home in the village of Anata early Saturday after fighting with her family. She allegedly left home carrying a knife "intending to die." Around 8 a.m., she arrived at the settlement of Anatot, about a mile away. She allegedly ran towards the civilian guard at the entrance, who opened fire. The New York Times reported security footage appeared to confirm Samri's statement.


4 Dead, Suspect Caught In Canada School Shooting

Canadian school shooting: four deadFour people were killed and others injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Friday and a male suspect is in custody, Canadian police said.

Officials have not given a motivation for the shooting in La Loche, about 600 km (375 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.

"Obviously this is every parent's worst nightmare," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who initially reported five people were killed. He was in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.


Israeli forces evacuate settlers from West Bank buildings

Security forces evit settlersBorder Police forces evacuated several dozen Jewish settlers from two houses in Hebron Friday morning, a day after the settlers entered the buildings, claiming they had bought them from Palestinians.

Security officials said the decision to clear them was made by the Defense Ministry and that the evacuation was completed without incident.


At least 41 refugees drown off Greek Islands

More than 40 migrants drownAt least 41 people, including 17 children, died in two separate incidents of boats smuggling refugees sinking off two Greek islands overnight into Friday. Dozens survived, and a search and rescue operation was underway for more potential survivors.

In the first incident, a wooden boat carrying 48 people sank in the early hours off the small islet of Farmakonissi in the eastern Aegean. Forty one of the passengers managed to make it to shore, while authorities recovered seven bodies — six children and one woman — from the sea.


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