Widespread news accounts of handbills being circulated in the troubled eastern Ukraine province of Donetsk calling for registration of all Jews with a putative separatist government may have been a hoax, according to a report in The New Republic magazine.

A leader in the Syrian rebel forces admits fighting side-by-side with al-Qaeda.

As outrage grows among European Union bosses over Swiss voters’ February decision to curb mass immigration into Switzerland, German President Joachim Gauck warned that self-government by the people is “dangerous.” Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but that has not stopped officials in Germany and across the European Union from going into meltdown mode against their independent neighbor and brazenly terrorizing the Swiss with increasingly outrageous threats over their decision to limit immigration. Gauck’s attack on Switzerland’s system of constitutional self-government, though, is among the most extreme thus far, and it has infuriated citizens all across the political spectrum.

Barack Obama's praise for the "Swedish model" leads some to believe that he would like the United States to emulate it. But given that even just questioning immigration can bring persecution in Sweden, the Swedish "perfect society" may not be so perfect after all.

 

Father Frans (Francis) Van der Lugt, a Jesuit priest, was shot and killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on April 7. Van der Lugt, who was 75 years old, had done missionary work in Syria since 1966 and had refused to leave the Old City of Homs during more than three years of war.

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