False stories claim Ireland prepping for Muslim immigration

Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoisaech) Leo Varadkar greets President of the European Council Donald Tusk at Government buildings in Dublin on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)
Updated 08 March 2018
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False stories claim Ireland prepping for Muslim immigration

DUBLIN: An Irish government plan to address population growth isn’t an outline for “nation-destruction” that will bring in one million immigrants from Muslim countries, as claimed by several false stories circulating online.
The plan to address growth doesn’t specify countries where immigrants would come from, nor their religions.
Several websites tie all projected increases in the Ireland 2040 plan to immigrants — “likely Muslims” — from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan — and claim the prime minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, is an “ethnic Indian.” The prime minister is the son of a Hindu doctor from India and an Irish nurse.
The sites said Varadkar was talking about the migration of more than a million people when he said, “It’s our big vision for how we want to reshape Ireland.”
The plan describes projected growth of around 1.1 million over 22 years. The leading nationalities of people moving to Ireland in the year before the country’s most recent census in 2016 were returning Irish citizens, followed by people from the United Kingdom and those from Brazil.
The quote attributed to Varadkar is accurate, but he did not say it in speaking of immigration. Varadkar tweeted that remark Feb. 16 about the plan as a whole, just before the government released it.


Russia says Israel must provide more data on plane downing near Syria

Updated 13 min 17 sec ago
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Russia says Israel must provide more data on plane downing near Syria

MOSCOW: Israel must provide Moscow with more information about the downing of a Russian military aircraft near the Syrian coast earlier this week, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported.
Fifteen Russian crew were killed when the IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday. Russia has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit the area, and accused Israel of creating the dangerous conditions by failing to give sufficient advance notice.
Israel dispatched its air force chief to brief Moscow about the incident on Thursday.