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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Yellow vest protesters are occupying dozens of traffic roundabouts in France, even as their economic reform movement appears to be losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations.   Some protesters remained Sunday despite a call by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to free the streets. Eight people have died in incidents tied to the yellow vest movement, mostly from traffic accidents linked to roads blocked by protesters.   On Saturday, protesters took to... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
A Kremlin-backed candidate is on track to be governor of a region on Russia's Pacific coast, voting results showed on Sunday, after an election process in which the opposition had threatened the Kremlin's usually tight grip on power. Sunday's vote in Primorsky region, which includes the port city of Vladivostok, was a re-run of a Sept. 16 election in which a Communist Party challenger claimed he was the rightful winner over the Kremlin's nominee. But that election was... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, said a Rwandan army official. Army spokesman Innocent Munyengango said in a statement that the army is pursuing the attackers who retreated into Nyungwe Forest, a mountain rainforest area that is home to wild chimpanzees. The attack highlights continuing tensions between Rwanda and neighboring Burundi and... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections.   The demonstration in Beirut was organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country's deepening political and economic crisis.   Wearing red scarves and raising red flags, protesters complained about corruption, poor public services and spiraling public debt that is more than 150... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
In his first liturgy as head of the newly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Ukrainian bishops met Saturday and voted to approve a charter for the new church and elect a leader. Moscow has vigorously protested Ukraine's bid for spiritual independence, because since the late 1600s, the Orthodox Church in Ukraine had been a wing of the Russian Orthodox Church. Epiphanius on... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Turkey's foreign minister says U.S. President Donald Trump recently assured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is considering extraditing a Muslim cleric that Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the U.S. television network CNBC that when Trump and Erdogan recently met at the G-20 summit in Argentina, the American leader said the United States is "working on extraditing" Fethullah... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Croatian authorities are denying a report by an international watchdog group that the country's police are illegally and sometimes violently pushing migrants back into neighboring Bosnia. Croatian interior ministry denied wrongdoing Sunday, responding to a video published by the Border Violence Monitoring group, BMV. The video shows armed Croatian police officers shouting orders at a group of migrants and escorting them out of a forest. The BMV said it was just some of the footage... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Military courts in Pakistan have handed down death sentences to 310 people convicted of terrorism in the last four years, and 56 of them have been executed. Fifteen of the death penalties were approved by the military chief Sunday, according to an official announcement. The army released the details as the country observed the fourth anniversary of the December 2014 massacre of more than 150 people, mostly children, at an army-run public school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
A memorial is being held at a square in the eastern French city of Strasbourg to remember the four people who were shot dead and the dozen who were wounded by a gunman several days ago. The gathering Sunday morning was in Kleber Square by the city's famed Christmas market, near where the gunman opened fire Tuesday evening. French authorities launched a massive manhunt after the attack that ended Thursday night when the main suspect, Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29, was... (Full Story)
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Authorities in the Maldives have frozen bank accounts linked to former president Abdulla Yameen. Officials say the accounts hold a total of $6.5 million. Suspicions  that Yameen had received over $1 million in illegal payments have dogged him since his failed bid for re-election earlier this year.     Yameen's path to a second five-year term seemed assured with his main rivals either in jail or in exile.   Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih,... (Full Story)
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