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December 9, 2018

Dec 09 21:26

MACRON CRISIS: EU may NEVER be able to TRUST President again, experts warn

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Oliver Davis, a reader of French Studies from the School of Modern Languages and Culture at the University of Warwick, said: “It seriously damages his reputation for technocratic competence and calls his political judgement into question.

“The fact that his government was clearly taken by surprise and thought it could tough out unrest but has now given way to it shows that he is not a good listener.

“This is how the government is already trying to present itself, after the recent U-turn, almost as psychotherapeutic listener attentive to the nation’s sufferings - but rather that he was not only rash in his earlier pronouncements but guilty of a major error of political judgement.

“This is without doubt the toughest challenge Emmanuel Macron has faced since being elected and probably the most serious political crisis to engulf France since the near-insurrection of Mai ’68.”

Dec 09 21:21

Russian Stealth Jets To Be Armed With New Hypersonic Missiles

Moscow said the new Kinzhal ("Dagger"), a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile, can hit speeds of up to Mach 10 and can perform evasive maneuvers that can render NATO’s US-led missile defense system completely "useless."

Dec 09 20:27

DOMINIC LAWSON: The 'Norway Option' has as much life in it as Monty Python's dead Norwegian parrot

Norway, like its fellow EEA members not in the EU (Liechtenstein and Iceland), is a full member of the EU's Single Market. As a result, it must accept the directives of the Single Market.

These rules are decided upon by representatives of the EU member states in Brussels, having been set in train by the legislative machine of the European Commission.

But, being outside the EU, Norway has no say in them and no vote.

This point was made most forcibly by the former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg as a Remain campaigner in the 2016 referendum. He ridiculed the so-called 'Norway' option as 'fax democracy'.

Norway, he explained, is part of the Single Market 'but they have to wait by the fax machine for Brussels to send them the rules … we would be left powerless and voiceless, waiting, like the Norwegians, by the fax machine'.

Dec 09 17:57

CIA’s illegal mind-control experiments exposed in secret files

The new documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal how the CIA experimented on both humans and animals using drugs, hypnosis and electronic devices as part of the top secret - and illegal - mind control project MKUltra.

Dec 09 17:28

Historic Debt Is At The Core Of Our Economic Decline

Debt in itself is not necessarily just a tool to gain more wealth; it is also a tool to change and mold societies through financial leverage and disaster. To understand who is creating any fiscal downturn, and to understand who benefits from economic crisis, one only needs to consider who controls the debt.

Dec 09 17:22

TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction

The Transportation Security Administration has set out an alarming vision of pervasive biometric surveillance at airports, which cuts against the right to privacy, the “right to travel,” and the right to anonymous association with others.

Dec 09 17:17

Name One Government Agency That Doesn’t Do The Exact Opposite Of Its Purpose

The drug trade would not be monopolized by criminals without the DEA. The environment would be better protected without the EPA. Kids would be better educated without public schools. The opioid crisis wouldn’t exist without the FDA. The economy would be more stable without the Federal Reserve.

Dec 09 15:49

French ‘Yellow Vest’ protester has hand BLOWN OFF by grenade as country descends into violence and bloodshed

Gendarmes were supported by 12 gendarmerie Berliet VXB-170 armoured cars, complete with 7.62mm machine guns and a 56mm Alsetex Cougar grenade launchers.

The vehicles are designed to break down barricades and to advance on crowds during riots.

A total of 106 out of 109 squads of gendarmes mobilised across France, along with other paramilitaries groups such as the Republican Security Companies (CRS).

The Yellow Vests said their protests would continue indefinitely as they campaign for even more tax reductions.

There have been calls for a State of Emergency to be announced, and for the Army to take to the streets.

The current spate of Paris violence is considered the worst since the Spring of 1968, when President Charles de Gaulle’s government feared a full-blown revolution.

Dec 09 15:40

Belief Systems and the Power Of Authority

Although we cannot “touch” a belief, it certainly has a way of touching us.

Dec 09 15:35

France protests and the 'yellow vests’ deep anger reveal the hypocrisy at the heart of the green agenda

The yellow jacket protests are over more than just a single, obnoxious tax. They arise from the failure of Western leaders, like Macron, to look out for the interests of their people as a whole instead of just their favored classes.

The enraged, resentful citizens in the streets of Paris and rural roads of the countryside have no interest in crowning a new king. But they are fed up with paying ever-rising climate taxes so their “betters” in the drawing rooms of Paris and Brussels can feel good about themselves and pad the wallets of their business cronies.



Dec 09 15:31

French high school students made to kneel with hands on heads by police – video

Dozens of students in the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie were made to kneel with their hands on their heads on Thursday, amid unrest that has spread to schools during three weeks of anti-government demonstrations. Protests at nearly 300 schools against stricter university entrance requirements have added to the unrest as Paris prepares for another weekend of gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests

Dec 09 15:30

Manufactured Crisis – HPV, Hype and Horror

This vaccine has wrought havoc on the lives of young girls across the world.

Dec 09 11:17

THIS is Where the Risk Has Been Hiding Since the Financial Crisis! Shadow Banking Revealed.



Dec 09 10:49

Shocker, not: Macron AWOL as violence, protests continue in Paris



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Dec 09 10:36

Scammers Pretending To Be University Cops Are Asking Students For Nudes

Scammers in Kansas claiming to be Fort Hays State University (FHSU) police are asking students to send them nude videos to prove you don’t have drugs “on your person.”
The actual FHSU police posted a statement on Friday from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office telling students, obviously, to not give in to the demands of the caller.
“The caller says they’re with the Fort Hays Police, and may give the name of Officer Lopez, or may not tell you a name. They ask that you go to a private location so you can have a confidential conversation, then ask that you search for FHSU Police on Google to see that the phone number matches the caller ID,” the statement says.

Dec 09 10:30

Michael Pento - Fed Will Pursue Radical Inflation, We are Heading for a Deflationary Inflationary Depression



Dec 09 10:30

Small caps could fall 20% from here

Dec 09 10:29

French 'Yellow Vest' protester had his hand 'blown off by a grenade' and a woman 'lost an eye' during riots as clean-up gets underway in Paris and Macron prepares to unveil new tax cuts in grovelling speech to quell unrest

A French 'Yellow Vest' protester had his hand blown off after reportedly trying to pick up a grenade in Bordeaux while a woman in Paris lost an eye during violent clashes last night.

The device detonated when the man tried to pick it up in order to throw it back, the city's deputy public prosecutor Olivier Etienne confirmed, Sud Ouest reports.

But no further details have been released about the man's identity or his current condition.

Dec 09 10:24

Hi-tech coating which makes RAF's new £100million F-35 fighter jets 'invisible' to enemy radar is wearing off more quickly than expected

The Maryland-based company have acknowledged the defects in the coating, called LO or Low Observable, that makes it hard for enemy radars to pick up the jets.

They also made it clear that the coating does have to be replaced but not at the frequency that the RAF are dealing with.

Speaking to reporters at Lockheed's media day on Monday, Jeff Babione acknowledged that they were having a problem with the material.

Dec 09 10:21

Incoming House Judiciary Chair Planning To End Probe Into FBI, DOJ

During a break during former FBI Director James Comey's heated closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill on Friday, incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler confirmed to reporters what many had already suspected: That Nadler (and probably his fellow Democratic leaders) would put the kibosh on the House's investigation into alleged political bias at the highest levels of the FBI and DOJ as they launched an investigation into the Trump campaign - an investigation that eventually morphed into the Mueller probe.

While Democrats prepare to ramp up investigations into everything from Trump's "war on the media" to his involvement in his family business, Nadler told a group of reporters that he intends to end the House Judiciary Committee's involvement in the Congressional probe as soon as he takes the reins next year.

Dec 09 10:21

U.S. Super Carrier Arrives In Middle East As A "Message" To Tehran

A carrier strike group led by the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS John C. Stennis has arrived in the Middle East, ending an eight month period without a US carrier based in the region, the US Navy has reported.

The carrier group will be based with the 5th Fleet, whose zone of responsibility includes the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, and will be stationed in the region for at least two months.

Dec 09 10:21

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Daughter Writes Letter Supporting Trump-Endorsed Bill

Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter this week in support of a criminal justice reform bill that has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.



Dec 09 10:20

She Claimed He Sexually Assaulted Her. The School Just Settled — With HIM.

Just weeks after a judge refused to allow a New Jersey college’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit against it, the school settled with the student who brought the lawsuit.

Dec 09 10:20

Trump Proclaims "No Collusion!" As Supporters Highlight Inconsistencies In Cohen Testimony

Washington media exploded Friday night following the publication of sentencing memos filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors with the SDNY which called for Cohen to serve a "substantial" prison sentence (NY prosecutors recommended a "slight downward variance" of 42 months), arguing that the attorney's decision to rat on his former boss with his back against the wall wasn't a noble act and didn't excuse his many criminal acts - from bank fraud to violations of campaign finance laws - that were committed with the assumption of impunity, and without the knowledge of the family Cohen has claimed to be trying to protect.

Dec 09 10:19

If US Quits INF Treaty, Europe Loses

The statement issued by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on December 4 regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty following the meeting of the foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels puts the seal on the US decision to withdraw from the pact.

Washington has successfully rallied its European allies. Armed with NATO solidarity, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Russia a 60-day ultimatum to return to compliance with the Treaty. Pompeo hopes to make Russia the culpable party.

However, quite some time ago, the US had already made up it mind to scrap the treaty. The Congress even made provision in the Pentagon budget for R&D relating to intermediate missiles. But an alibi was needed. In 2002, the US unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty and dealt a body blow to international security without bothering to explain. On the contrary, INF Treaty is vital to European security and an alibi is necessary.

Dec 09 10:19

Friends in high places: Michael Cohen was paid more than FOUR MILLION dollars for promising several companies, including AT&T, access to President Trump, prosecutors say

Michael Cohen was paid more than $4 million by several firms for promising access to his former client Donald Trump.

A federal prosecutor told a judge on Friday that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen should spend between 51 and 63 months in prison for a range of federal crimes including tax evasion and violating campaign finance laws.

Now federal prosecutors provided new details on the extent of former Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s attempts to cash in on his access to President Trump.

They claimed that Cohen extracted more than $4 million from major corporations in return for his supposed insight into White House policy making.



Dec 09 10:18

Comey admits FBI failed to verify Steele Dossier it used to obtain a spy warrant on Trump's aide

Former FBI Director James Comey has admitted the Steele dossier was still uncorroborated by the FBI at the time he left the bureau. The infamous dossier was used by the FBI to monitor Trump aide Carter Page.

Dec 09 10:18

New US Envoy to the UN Nauert is Not Qualified For Really Anything – Ex-Diplomat

US President Donald Trump is to name State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his new envoy to the United Nations. Bloomberg and Fox News reported on the likely appointment on Thursday, citing sources. This comes after Nikki Haley, the current US ambassador to the UN, announced her resignation in October.

Dec 09 10:18

US, China Trade War Fallout: Argentine Cherries to Flood Beijing Markets

During the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last week, Argentina and China reached a trade agreement on, among other things, cherry exports, as the South American country strives to become “the world’s supermarket.”

The agreement will be signed on Sunday by Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Argentina's agro-industry secretary, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) Saturday.

Dec 09 10:17

‘System is broken’: Medical researchers still routinely hiding funding from Big Pharma

A huge proportion of scientists and doctors publishing in major medical magazines continue to conceal ties to corporations relevant to their research, while punishment for not declaring interests remains weak, says a new report.

“The system is broken,” Mehraneh Dorna Jafari, assistant professor of surgery at the University of California, Irvine, told the New York Times and ProPublica, an investigative journalism non-profit.

Jafari was one of the authors of a landmark study published back in August that took the names of the 100 doctors receiving the most funding from medical equipment and drug manufacturers, and then studied whether they declared a potential conflict of interest in their published research. Only 37 did.



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Dec 09 10:16

Karma is a Beast: Postmodern Frankensteins Come Back to Haunt Feminists

As transgender male athletes exploit weaker women for personal gain, LGBTQ activists honor them in puzzling fashion, despite the protests of said weaker women.

What’s the expression …. ‘Wish in one hand and …”
Oh yeah, and then there’s ‘Be careful what you wish for.’

Dec 09 10:15

Iran Navy to stage military maneuver in Indian Ocean: Commander

Iranian naval forces plan to stage a large-scale drill in the Indian Ocean to boost and put on display the country’s military prowess, a senior commander says.

The maneuver will be held this winter within the perimeters of Iran's southern territorial waters and high seas, Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani told IRNA on Saturday.

He added that the Navy's state-of-the-art equipment, including two Ghadir-class submarines that recently joined Iran's naval fleet, would take part in the drill.

Dec 09 10:15

More than 50% of Yemen’s population facing ‘severe acute food insecurity’: Survey

Some 53 percent of Yemen’s population, 15.9 million people, is now facing “severe acute food insecurity” as the direct result of a Saudi-led invasion of the impoverished country and the ensuing economic collapse, a survey says.

The survey, whose results were published on Saturday, was conducted by Yemeni officials and international experts during the month of October based on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), also known as IPC scale.

According to the IPC’s five-point scale, 3 stands for “crisis”, 4 is for “emergency” and 5 is used to refer to “catastrophe” and possible famine.

Dec 09 10:15

Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.
The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“The bilateral currency swap agreement between India and UAE is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like the US dollar,” the embassy said.



Dec 09 10:14

Israel seeking formal ties with Saudi Arabia within months: TV

A main Israeli TV station has revealed that the regime in Tel Aviv is seeking full diplomatic relations with the Saudi Arabian government and wants to make their ties official within the next few months.

The Hadashot TV news, the main news bulletin watched in the occupied Palestinian territories, said in a report late Saturday that, according to its sources, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking to formalize ties with Riyadh before the next election which is slated for November next year.

Many expect Netanyahu to push the votes to earlier in 2019 to avoid a forced exit from power due to various scandals that have gripped him over the past months.

Dec 09 10:14

Imran Khan’s Pakistan stands up to US like a sovereign nation: Analyst

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan Pakistan has stood up to the United States from its position as a sovereign nation, and is demonstrating a clean break from the past, according to Adam Garrie, an independent political analyst and writer based in London.

Garrie made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on a statement of Prime Minister Khan where he expressed regret over Pakistan’s past dealings with the United States, adding that Islamabad will not act as a “hired gun” for the US anymore.

“I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war. We should never put ourselves in this position again,” Khan said in a Washington Post interview on Thursday.

Dec 09 10:14

White House 'strongly opposes' halting support of bloody Saudi-led campaign in Yemen – US official

The US won't budge to growing pressure to stop supporting the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, a high-ranking State Dept. official said. According to the UN, the conflict led to the largest humanitarian crisis of our time.

“Obviously there are pressures in our system… to either withdraw from the conflict or discontinue our support of the [Saudi-led] coalition, which we are strongly opposed to on the administration side,” the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking said on Sunday, cited by Reuters.

The official added that the support for the coalition “is necessary,” and discontinuing it would be sending “a wrong message.”

Dec 09 10:14

Trump to nominate Gen. Milley as next chairman of Joint Chiefs

US President Donald Trump has announced that he would nominate a battle-hardened commander who led American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, General Mark Milley, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

If confirmed by the Senate, the four-star general, who is currently the Army Chief of Staff, will succeed current Marine General Joseph Dunford later next year.

"I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army – as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring," Trump tweeted Saturday morning.



Dec 09 10:13

US instigating wars, acts of terror in Asia: Iran's parliament speaker

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the United States seeks to engage Asian countries in wars and acts of terror with the purpose of exhausting their resources and hindering their progress.

Larijani made the remarks in Tehran on Saturday in an address to the closing ceremony of the second Speakers' Conference on the challenge of terrorism and inter-regional connectivity, attended by speakers from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey.

He added that the US had created terrorist groups in Asia because the region enjoyed great economic and energy potential.

For this reason, Asian countries have been engaged in wars over the past three decades and now most of terrorist groups are in Asia, the top Iranian parliamentarian said.

Dec 09 10:07

Israeli military forces fire warning shots along border with Lebanon

Israeli troops have fired warning shots near the border with Lebanon in light of a recent operation by the Israeli military to block what it claims are tunnels the Hezbollah resistance movement has dug into the occupied territories.

Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported that Israeli forces had shot in the air across from Meiss Ej Jabal village in the Marjeyoun district of the southern Lebanese province of Nabatieh on Saturday, after they were “surprised” by an army patrol that had been obscured by a thick fog.

The Israeli army, however, claimed that it had opened fire at Hezbollah activists.

Dec 09 10:03

BOMBSHELL! CROOKED IRS HELPED THE CLINTONS GET AWAY WITH PROVEN FRAUD DAYS BEFORE 2018 MID-TERMS!

Dec 09 10:02

'Brexit Betrayal' march led by Tommy Robinson held in London

Dec 09 09:56

Dept. of Justice Admits Flu Shot Is Most Dangerous Vaccine In US

The flu shot is only the fifth most popular vaccine in the United States, however it is by far the most dangerous, according to a report released by the Department of Justice that confirm more than half of all claims settled by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program involve the influenza vaccine.

As reported by Health Impact News, during the period covering 16 August to 15 November 2013, 139 claims were settled by the Vaccine Court, 70 of which received compensation. Of these settled claims, 42 – or 60 percent – were for injuries caused by the flu vaccine. The remaining 40 percent were for injuries caused by 11 other vaccines.



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Dec 09 09:56

SENATORS WORKING TO SLIP ISRAEL ANTI-BOYCOTT LAW THROUGH IN LAME DUCK

DEMOCRATIC SEN. BEN Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending bill being finalized during the lame-duck session, according to four sources familiar with the negotiations.

The measure, known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, was shelved earlier amid concerns about the infringement of free speech, after civil liberties groups argued that the original version would have allowed criminal penalties for Americans who participate in a political boycott of Israel. Some of the more aggressive elements of the provision have been removed under pressure, but the American Civil Liberties Union, which spearheaded the initial opposition to the bill, is still strongly opposed.

Dec 09 09:51

'Slave Law' Overtime Rules Send Hungarian Workers Into the Street in Protest

On Saturday, Hungarian trade unions protested a change in the country's labor code in Budapest, increasing a workers’ allowable overtime from 250 to 400 hours a year in a move union leaders have dubbed as a “slave law.”

Union workers claim that the law, which was proposed by the right-wing Fidesz party, headed by Prime Minister Victor Orban, is a way to increase Hungarian companies' profit at the expense of workers by adding an extra workday per week.

Dec 09 09:44

"We Don't Think It's Time To Panic Yet" As Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Plummet

One of the charts that has kept deflationists asleep at night for the past two years and provided cover to the Fed it its tightening strategy was the one below showing the exponential surge in transportation prices as a result of an acute scarcity of truck drivers which has sent trucking prices soaring, and led to a historic spike in Class 8 truck orders as supply scrambles to keep up with demand (much of which is the result of businesses rushing to front-load trade ahead of even higher tariffs with China).

Dec 09 09:43

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF BOOGA BOOGA - Jihadis are plotting a devastating CHEMICAL WEAPONS attack in Britain and could launch a chlorine bomb on London Underground, security chiefs warn

Terror chiefs believe a devastating chemical weapons attack in Britain is now ‘more likely than not’, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The chilling assessment follows the interception of ‘chatter’ between senior figures in Islamic State (IS). The terror group has been inspired by the poisoning of former KGB agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, by Russian agents in March.

Before the novichok attack in Salisbury, the Government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) put the risk of a chemical weapons strike by jihadis at 25 per cent.

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This may be a pathetic attempt to distract the public from Theresa May's betrayal of BREXIT.

Dec 09 09:42

PETER HITCHENS: As these clueless, frantic Tories drag our nation towards the abyss, all I can say is: I did warn you

With a heavy heart, I feel compelled to write about the European issue again. I am sick of it. I want it to be over. I would, by now, accept almost any arrangement if only this ignorant, stupid squabbling would stop.

People who only five years ago dismissed the whole subject as irrelevant are now on fire with mad passion for one outcome or another.

They have no business to be. I recall trying to persuade Tory politicians, now brawling, red-faced and panting, about backstops and customs unions, that the EU mattered at all.

Dec 09 09:41

JEREMY PAXMAN: My dog could have won a better Brexit deal than those forelock tugging drones we sent out to battle Brussels

Outside the Palace of Westminster on Thursday I saw the driver of a massive cement lorry wind down his window to bellow in an angry Geordie voice. His target? A rent-a-mob of anti-Brexit demonstrators.

‘It’s about time you learned to respect the decision of the working class!’ he roared.

What can he have made of the farce now engulfing Parliament itself? Or of professional politicians united in their conviction that when it comes to the most momentous decision to face us since the Second World War, they can agree precisely nothing?

The outcome of the 2016 referendum was clear.

Dec 09 09:30

FLASHBACK JUNE - Dipping into taxpayers' money: President Macron orders a new swimming pool to be built just a few feet from his private beach

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron have ordered a new swimming pool to be installed a few feet from their private beach - so as to avoid people taking pictures of them sea swimming.

The Elysee Palace confirmed the five figure expenditure at the Riviera retreat where France's presidential couple will spend their summer break.

It also confirmed that the French taxpayer would be paying for the new swimming pool.

Dec 09 09:29

France is the new tax hell in Europe and beyond

While the dust has not yet settled in the streets of Paris, after sweeping protests against fuel tax hikes, it just so happens that France has taken the crown from Denmark as the most taxed country in 2017, the OECD found.

Among the 34 developed members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Emmanuel Macron leads the nation with the highest tax-to-GDP ratio, the organization reported. France leads with 46.2 percent of GDP against the average of 34.2 percent of other members, thus dropping the long-standing leader in the rating, Denmark.

The Scandinavian country’s numbers, meanwhile, shrank to 46 percent, down by 0.2 since last year. Sweden, Italy, and Greece round out the top five, while Mexico is the last on the list at 16.2 percent.

Dec 09 09:28

China warns of ‘serious consequences’ if Canada doesn't release detained Huawei executive

Beijing has threatened Ottawa with consequences if it doesn't release Huawei's chief financial officer. The executive was detained over her alleged connection with a company that tried to smuggle embargoed phones into Iran.

“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person, and earnestly protect their lawful, legitimate rights, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused,” Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Saturday.

Dec 09 09:27

Color of outrage: Yellow Vests rallies sweep across France and abroad

France has been gripped by rallies as Yellow Vests demand new concessions from the government. Hundreds of protesters, including the movement’s leader, were detained during the demonstrations.

Yellow Vest mayhem has hit the country for the 4th consecutive weekend. Protests in the capital this Saturday resulted in clashes between demonstrators and police, with officers resorting to tear gas. Hundreds were detained and taken into custody in the capital.

Dec 09 09:26

Tbilisi, Paris Sign Another Contract on Air Defense Deliveries to Georgia

The Georgian Defense Ministry has signed another contract on the deliveries of air defense management and control systems with France, the ministry's press service said in a statement on Saturday.

"In the field of air defense Georgia and France have embarked on a new stage of cooperation. The Georgian Defense Ministry has signed a very important contract with the French party relating to air defense management and control systems, under which the process of air defense systems purchase will be continued," the press service said.

Dec 09 09:25

Erdogan: French 'Yellow Vests' Protests Show Europe Has Failed on Democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Saturday that Turkish police were frequently accused of using force, however, he pointed to the situation in France and urged to note how the local police treated people there, the Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan cited by the Anadolu news agency, the Yellow Vest protests pointed out to Europe's failed democracy, human rights and freedom, adding that Europe's security was threatened by the native population.

"The walls of security and welfare that they so cherished started to be shaken not by migrants or Muslims, but by their own citizens," Erdogan said.

Dec 09 09:24

Brussels Police Detain 450 People in Yellow Vest Rally

As many as 450 people were detained in an unauthorized yellow vest protest in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Saturday, with 10 individuals having appeared in court, the city's prosecutor's office said.

"The Brussels Prosecutor's Office can provide the following information. At this stage, the issuing of arrest orders has been confirmed for 10 people," the prosecutor's office said in a statement, adding that as many as 450 people had been subject to administrative detention.

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