Posts published in Day: December 7, 2019

Belarusians protest Moscow-integration deal shrouded in secrecy

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is meeting Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Saturday to discuss deeper integration. Back in Minsk, meanwhile, Belarusians are hitting the streets to protest against what they say could be a full capitulation to Moscow. A protest in Minsk on Saturday is organised by Vladimir Matskevich from the Belarusian social movement ‘Fresh Wind’. “No we are trying to surround a two-kilometre stretch in the central…

Ušakovs says he wants to start in Riga City Council snap elections

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Member of the European Parliament and ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs says he is prepared to start in snap elections in Riga if they are organized, as confirmed by Harmony chairman Jānis Urbanovičs. When asked how the party views such a decision from Ušakovs, Urbanovičš said he will not comment the situation within the party. «We will pull through,» he added. When asked if Harmony could start in snap elections…

Pearl Harbor shipyard shooter identified as 22-year-old assigned to submarine USS Columbia

Saturday, December 7, 2019

A sailor who shot three civilian shipyard workers Wednesday, killing two and then himself, has been identified as 22-year-old Gabriel Romero, according to The Associated Press. The shooting occurred about 2:30 p.m. at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard’s dry dock 2 inside Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Romero, who has not been officially identified by the Navy, was assigned to the USS Columbia, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine undergoing maintenance at the…

Three Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed in Black Hawk helicopter crash

Saturday, December 7, 2019

All three Minnesota National Guard soldiers were killed when the Black Hawk helicopter they were riding in crashed Thursday in central Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz confirmed. The identities of the soldiers were not released, pending notification of family. The crash was being investigated and preliminary information on the crash was not released. Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said: “Our Minnesota National Guard family…

Indian police shoot dead four men suspected of Hyderabad rape

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad, in circumstances that have been described as “suspicious”. The four had become high-profile objects of hatred within the country, following their alleged premeditated attack on a 27-year-old veterinary doctor last Wednesday. According to the police, the accused men – Mohammad Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu – were…

Trevor Noah mocks Trump’s ‘looser table’ with Nausėda and other NATO ‘two percenters’

Saturday, December 7, 2019

After calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced,” US President Donald Trump decided to make some new friends, according to the popular US talk show host, Trevor Noah. In the Daily Show on Wednesday, Noah said Trump “decided to go home early” after being mocked by state leaders, seen in a  video   that circulated widely around the world. “But before he left,” said Noah, Trump “tried to get back…

‘He’s gonna be our star’ – EC vice president praises Lithuanian EU commissioner

Saturday, December 7, 2019

In his first press conference as European commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius presented the European  Environment   Agency’s State of the  Environment   Report on Thursday. The conference began with praise from EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans who said the Lithuanian commissioner would be “one of our stars”. “You know me by now […] but you are gonna get a lot of this guy,” Timmermans told reporters pointing at Sinkevičius. “He’s gonna be…