Stranded Migrants Try To Storm into Macedonia, Tear Down Fence

IDOMENI, Greece – Hundreds of Moroccans, Algerians and Pakistanis tried to storm the border between Greece and Macedonia on Thursday, tearing down part of the barbed wire fence at the crossing and demanding to be allowed to carry on into northern Europe. They were among about 1,500 migrants who have been stranded near Greece’s northern border town of Idomeni after Europe decided to filter migrants, allowing only those fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to cross into the Balkans. Some threw stones at police while others fell to their knees shouting, “We want to go to Germany!” A few ran across into Macedonia but were quickly detained by police. Police in riot gear guarded a gap where migrants had torn down about 30-40 meters of fence, and a Reuters photographer saw riot police armed with assault rifles. More than 800,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, most through the Greek islands, seeking a better life in wealthier European countries such as Germany. Balkan countries have clamped down at their borders recently to stem the largely unchecked stream of people, leaving tens of thousands stranded in
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UK Schoolgirl Denied Extra Classes At ‘Totalitarian’ Trojan Horse School ‘Because She Did Not Wear Hijab’

A struggling girl was denied extra classes at her school in Birmingham, England because she did not wear a hijab, a senior government worker has alleged. Anthony Dunne made the claim while giving evidence against five teachers who worked for the Park View Educational Trust which ran three schools that were allegedly subject to an Islamist takeover. Mr Dunne visited two of the trust’s schools – Park View Academy and Golden Hillock – as part of a government investigation into the so-called Trojan Horse plot, where Islamic fundamentalists allegedly tried to take over school governing bodies, hire teachers who conformed to their views and impose a hard line syllabus on students. He said that while observing a mathematics lesson he asked one girl struggling with the subject if she was attending extra classes to help her get a good grade. “She looked hesitant and then nodded as though she did not want to upset me,” he said. The Birmingham Mail says Mr Dunne claims the girl later approached him and said she was “not allowed” to attend the extra classes. “It was my impression that she was not allowed to attend the lessons because she was female,” he said, adding:
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Brussels Great Mosque Evacuated Over Suspicious ‘White Powder’

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The Great Mosque of Brussels was evacuated and 11 people decontaminated Thursday after the discovery of a suspicious package containing white powder as the EU capital remained on highest possible terror alert. “A parcel was found at the entrance to the mosque and found to contain white powder. We are taking all preventative measures in case it is anthrax but it is a precautionary measure,” said fire services spokeswomen Anne Wibin, who was at the scene. The mosque, the city’s biggest, is located just a few blocks from the major EU institutions and many embassies and was cordoned off by police and firemen, some of them in white hazard materials suits. The alert came with Brussels on maximum security levels in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13, with two Belgium-linked suspects still on the run. Ambulances, police and fire fighting crews deploy outside the Great Mosque in Brussels on November 26, 2015 after a suspicious package was found   Wibin said eleven people, including two police offers, were decontaminated as a precautionary measure. “A package was found with several envelopes one of which contained a powder, evidently suspect in the circumstances,” she said. “The powder has been
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French Airport Traffic Down 27 Per Cent Following Paris Attacks

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PARIS (Reuters) – Paris airports have seen a reduction in traffic since the attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital this month, while security has been expanded, a senior executive said. “We are seeing an impact on traffic today, but it is too soon to say whether there is a longer-term trend,” said Edward Arkwright, finance director of Aeroports de Paris, which operates both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. He also said Paris airports had further strengthened security, already on high alert since shootings at a Paris magazine and kosher supermarket in January, following the attacks and had extended tests for liquid explosives to staff. Mid-November, which follows the end of a school break in France, usually brings a lull in traffic. Industry experts are focussing on whether demand driven away by the attacks, particularly from leisure travellers, will rebound during the normally busy Christmas and New Year season. “The period from mid-November to mid-February is generally the slackest period of the year, with the exception of the end-year holidays,” Arkwright told Reuters in an interview. Travel information firm ForwardKeys said on Tuesday that new flight bookings to Paris fell by 27 percent in the week following
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