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By   Saphora Smith PARIS — The sound of sirens, angry chants and the crack of stun grenades echoed throughout the French capital Saturday as Parisians braced themselves for what many feared would be the most violent protests in   weeks of forceful anti-government demonstrations that have swept the country . Protests that began last month   against planned tax hikes on gas   have since morphed into a wider rebuke of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency and an expression of anger at his...
 

Inside China's audacious global propaganda campaign


bob-nelson  •  World News  •  1 Comments  •  2 days ago  By  bob-nelson
A s they sifted through resumes , the team recruiting for the new London hub of China’s state-run broadcaster had an enviable problem: far, far too many candidates. Almost 6,000 people were applying for just 90 jobs “reporting the news from a Chinese perspective”. Even the simple task of reading through the heap of applications would take almost two months. For western journalists, demoralised by endless budget cuts, China Global Television Network presents an enticing prospect,...
 
By   Linda Givetash It may be December but almost 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle there’s still not enough snow for reindeer to begin their annual migration. Sweden’s indigenous Sami people have herded the animals for generations, with the corral usually happening over a two-week period in November. But this year the tradition has been postponed because temperatures keep fluctuating above and below the freezing mark. “Something is really wrong with nature,” said Niila Inga,...
 

Russia Threatens to Target U.S. Allies If Trump Exits Treaty


pj  •  World News  •  31 Comments  •  3 days ago  By  pj
(Bloomberg) -- Russia will target countries hosting U.S. missiles if Washington goes ahead with plans to pull out of a landmark Cold War arms treaty, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said Wednesday. “If the INF treaty is destroyed, we won’t leave it without a response,” he said in a presentation to foreign military attaches in Moscow, according to an official transcript. “You as military professionals must understand that the target for Russian retaliation won’t be U.S. territory but...
 
Herat, Afghanistan (CNN)An unprecedented drought in Afghanistan has led to families selling their children just to be able to feed their households. CNN has spoken to multiple families around the western city of Herat who have been forced from their homes because of a record dry spell that, according to the United Nations, has forced more people from their homes in 2018 than the record violence afflicting the country. The UN estimates that over 275,000 people have been displaced by...
 

Anti-Semitism never disappeared in Europe. It's alive and kicking


pj  •  World News  •  24 Comments  •  2 weeks ago  By  pj
What does anti-Semitism look like in Europe in 2018? It's a 17-year-old boy, too frightened to wear a kippa (a religious skullcap) on the streets of Paris. It's an Israeli restaurant owner in Berlin who is told that he will end up in the gas chambers. It's a 24-year-old Austrian who knows nothing about the Holocaust. It's the armed guards outside synagogues and Jewish schools across much of Europe. It's the online chat rooms where people peddle conspiracy theories that Jewish...
 
By   Alexander Smith The accusation was direct and unflinching: Russian forces stationed in the Arctic Circle had been jamming NATO's GPS signals during the alliance's largest military exercise since the Cold War. The alleged incident happened during   Trident Juncture , a huge, two-week drill hosted in Norway last month, involving 50,000 personnel from 31 countries. Last week Norway revealed that Russian forces stationed in the nearby Kola Peninsula had been jamming their GPS...
 
NEW DELHI — The young American, paddling his kayak toward a remote Indian island whose people have resisted the outside world for thousands of years, believed God was helping him dodge the authorities. "God sheltered me and camouflaged me against the coast guard and the navy," John Allen Chau wrote   before he was killed last week on North Sentinel Island . Indian ships monitor the waters around the island, trying to ensure outsiders do not go near the Sentinelese, who have...
 

Four European countries to stop Saudi arms sales


pj  •  World News  •  58 Comments  •  2 weeks ago  By  pj
The ongoing conflict in Yemen spurred Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland to sign on to an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, according to a new report. The embargo has already earned the support of the European Parliament, along with Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Norway. The Independent reported the countries are joining the weapons ban in response to Saudi Arabia's support of the Yemeni government, which is battling Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who control much of...
 
(TIJUANA, Mexico) — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S. Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road, and with many more months ahead of them while they seek asylum. The federal government...
 
By   Alastair Jamieson LONDON — Brexit could leave the U.K. worse off than if voters had chosen to remain in the European Union, the country's finance minister admitted Wednesday amid deepening political chaos over the process. Splitting from the trading bloc without a divorce deal would cost Britain tens of billions of dollars — more than it currently contributes in E.U. membership, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond acknowledged. Britain will leave the E.U. on March 29...
 
The perpetually butthurt are at it again. Via   WISTV: As Dutch children anticipate the arrival of their country’s version of Santa Claus this weekend, critics and fans of his helper, Black Pete, are gearing up for protests that have become another fixture of the festive season in the Netherlands. White people often daub their faces with black paint when they dress up to play the character. Opponents say the annual recreations of Black Pete promote racist stereotypes....
 
By   Alastair Jamieson LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting to save her Brexit deal — and her job — Thursday after a chaotic day of government resignations and demands for her to stand down. She said her proposal was the only feasible divorce agreement with Europe and pledged to defend it despite a chorus of opposition from across the political spectrum. The latest turmoil sent the British   pound plunging on currency markets . "Am I going to see this...
 
amidst ceremonies in the French capital to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, a planned presidential visit to the American cemetery at Belleau , a site of immense importance to the US military, was cancelled because it was raining. ======================================================================== Trump cancels US cemetery visit as diplomatic embarrassments mount In Paris, president cancels first world war graves visit due to...
 
'Unacceptable': Peter Dutton demands more co–operation from Muslim leaders on terrorism By Michael Koziol, The Sydney Morning Herald, November 11 2018 Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said it was "unacceptable" for Muslim leaders to withhold information from police.CREDIT:AAP Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has thrown down the gauntlet at the Muslim community to work more closely with police to prevent terrorist attacks, appearing to accuse Islamic leaders of...
 

Earth's ozone layer is finally healing, UN says


perrie-halpern  •  World News  •  10 Comments  •  one month ago  By  charger-383
By   Associated Press WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide. As a result, the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely repaired in the 2030s and the gaping Antarctic ozone hole should disappear in the 2060s,...
 
Brazil: We won't yield to Arab pressure, embassy will move to Jerusalem After Egypt reportedly rescinds invitation of Brazilian foreign minister in protest of Brazil's plan to relocate its embassy, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's son, Eduardo, insists embassy will move • Jewish leader: Israel suffered but held its head high. By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom, November 7 2018 Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, with his...
 
Oct. 28, 2018 / 10:56 PM EDT  / Updated  Oct. 28, 2018 / 11:34 PM EDT By   Alex Johnson An Indonesian Lion Air Boeing 737 carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, the capital, on Monday morning, authorities said. There was no immediate confirmation of casualties. The national news agency, Antara, said Flight JT610, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was reported missing 13 minutes after it took off at 6:20 a.m. (7:20 p.m. ET Sunday) for Pangkal...
 
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1037378/Khashoggi-murder-news-saudi-arabia-chemical-weapons-use ...Last night a close friend of Mr Khashoggi revealed that he was about to obtain “documentary evidence” proving clams that Saudi Arabia had used chemical weapons in its proxy war in Yemen.  “I met him a week before his death. He was unhappy and he was worried,“ said the middle eastern academic, who did not wish to be named.  “When I asked him why he was worried, he didn't...
 
Titanic II could set sail by 2022, following original route By CHRISTOPHER BRITO, CBS NEWS, October 23, 2018 Titanic II could set sail in 2022 and follow the same route as its namesake.   BLUE STAR LINE A replica of the Titanic could embark on its maiden voyage by 2022 and eventually follow its doomed predecessor's original route from Southampton to New York, the company behind the "Titanic II" project says. Clive Palmer, an Australian businessman...
 
Pro-Hamas vandals strike Toronto Jewish school By David Isaac, World Israel News, October 10 2018 Graffiti defaced the Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto. (B'nai Brith Canada) “Free Palestine,” “Long Live Palestine,” and “Long Life to the Hamas” were the slogans discovered defacing a Jewish Day School in Toronto on Tuesday morning after a long weekend.  Vandals struck a Jewish Day School in Toronto, defacing it with pro-Hamas and pro-Palestine...
 
Chengdu planning artificial moon to replace streetlights Taipei Times, October 19 2018 In Chengdu, there is reportedly an ambitious plan afoot for replacing the city’s streetlights: boosting the glow of the real moon with that of a more powerful fake one. The southwestern Chinese city plans to launch an illumination satellite in 2020. The artificial moon is “designed to complement the moon at night,” though it would be eight times as bright, the People’s Daily...
 
CHUNJE, Bhutan — It is harvest time in this village in western Bhutan, and residents are reaping an unusual crop: politicians making promises. One politician vowed to pave the local road, now a rutted dirt track skirting a river, within three months. Another pledged to expand a nearby elementary school into a high school. A third warned against believing what the other two had said.  Within families in the village, divisions have erupted over which party to support in this week’s...
 
Israeli company fashions bulletproof backpack to protect against school shootings The bulletproof backpack | Photo: Masada-Armour via AP Masada-Armour says its unique backpack transforms into a bulletproof vest that deploys in under two seconds by flipping out an armored plate from a concealed compartment • Company: Standard vest stops handgun bullets, upgraded version blocks rifle fire. By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff , Israel Hayom, October 11...
 

Leadership, Laughter and Tariffs


bob-nelson  •  World News  •  27 Comments  •  2 months ago
President Trump speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday.     Chang W. Lee/The New York Times There are so many issues breaking right now that it’s hard to keep track — and focusing on any one leads to feelings of guilt about neglecting the others. But it’s worth remembering that the Trump trade war still seems to be on track, and important to have a sense of its effects. The view within the Trump administration is, of course, that “trade wars are good, and easy to win.” Where...
 
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