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In Sweden, wanted man found asleep in store’s bed department

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Police in Sweden say a wanted man was found asleep in a bed in a furniture store north of Stockholm. Police spokesman Tobias Ahlen says the staff at the Ikea store in Uppsala on Monday contacted the police after they found the 25-year-old sleeping in the bed department. They were not aware that he was wanted. Ahlen said Wednesday the officers found out that the man had stayed in the…

Jewish group condemns Nazi auction in Germany

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Jewish group has sharply condemned an auction of Nazi memorabilia in Germany that includes Adolf Hitler’s top hat, a silver-plated edition of his book “Mein Kampf” and a cocktail dress owned by his long-time girlfriend Eva Braun. The European Jewish Association condemned the auction Wednesday at Hermann Historica in Munich, saying that “it’s wrong to make money off these blood-soaked items, especially in Germany of all places.” The German…

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight his admiration in Thailand for the community’s missionary ancestors who brought the faith to this Buddhist nation centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution as…

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria; 11 reported killed

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday, carrying out a “wide-scale” strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. A Britain-based war monitoring group said the Israeli airstrikes killed 11 people, including seven non-Syrians who are most likely Iranians. Syrian state media only reported that two civilians were killed. The Israeli military said its fighter jets hit…

A Hong Kong protester on why he won’t surrender to police

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pale and thin, a teenager wandered the nearly deserted campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. He hugged his body with his arms, whether because of the chill in the air or gnawing worry he felt was unclear. Only a handful of protesters remain at “Poly U,” which hundreds occupied for several days, fighting pitched battles with police in the surrounding streets. Now, authorities have cut…

Unpredictable Sondland faces questions about Trump, Ukraine

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, is likely to be unpredictable when he faces questions about his evolving accounts of the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine and a newly revealed summertime phone call with President Donald Trump. Sondland, a wealthy hotelier Trump tapped as his ambassador to the European Union, is more directly entangled than any witness yet in the Republican president’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political…

Member states and EU Parliament reach agreement on 2020 EU budget

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The European Union’s member states and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the 2020 EU Budget on Monday evening, shortly before the deadline of the conciliation period, ending at midnight, diplomats and MEPs informed. The preliminary figures are EUR 168.7 billion in commitment appropriations and EUR 153.6 billion in payment appropriations. Detailed figures will be available later, the European Parliament said. MEPs fought for and obtained better support…

Internet is shut down in Iran

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have warned of “decisive” action if violent protests over a sharp increase in the price of fuel don’t subside. At least one person has already died in civil unrest sparked on Friday after the government announced that the cost of petrol would rise by 50%. Thousands have already been arrested so far. Activists inside the country claim the death toll is much higher than what’s being reported.…

Belarus President maintained his hold on power

Monday, November 18, 2019

Official results announced on Monday show that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after not a single opposition candidate was elected to the Belarusian parliament. Two opposition candidates were elected in 2016 for the first time in 20 years, but this time around Lukashenko banned them from standing. The Belarusian leader insisted that votes in his country are fair and that voters could simply turf him out if…

France’s yellow vest movement marks 1 year of protests

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Police are deployed around key sites in Paris as France’s yellow vest protesters prepare to mark the first anniversary of their sometimes-violent movement for economic justice. Protesters hope to breathe new life into the yellow vest movement with actions Saturday around the capital and at traffic circles around the country. Dozens of police in riot gear guarded the Arc de Triomphe overlooking the Champs-Elysees avenue, a scene of weekly rioting…