Turkey will launch Syria ground operation after strikes – Erdogan

Turkey has said it is planning a ground operation against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), after four days of strikes in Syria and Iraq. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the strikes – which his defence minister claimed had “neutralised” 254 terrorists – were “only the beginning”. Turkey has blamed Kurdish groups for a recent deadly bomb attack in Istanbul. The YPG has denied involvement and said the strikes in north-east Syria have killed 30 civilians and 11 fighters. The US defence department said the Turkish attacks had “directly threatened the safety of US personnel” working in Syria … Continue reading Turkey will launch Syria ground operation after strikes – Erdogan

Bullfighting ban proposal goes before French MPs

Imported from Spain in the 19th Century, bullfighting remains popular across large parts of southern France. Now, for the first time, a proposal to ban the “corrida” has reached the floor of the National Assembly – a sign of public sentiment shifting in favour of animal rights. Sponsored by the far-left Nupes alliance, it faces an uphill battle. The government officially opposes a ban and pro-corrida MPs promise to talk the measure out of parliamentary time. Though many in President Emmanuel Macron’s party are personally in favour, the Élysée Palace is wary of a ban, believing it would exacerbate tensions … Continue reading Bullfighting ban proposal goes before French MPs

Incredible: Gold coins worth €1.6m stolen in nine-minute heist from German museum

Thieves have stolen a hoard of Celtic gold coins worth about €1.6m from a museum in Germany. Hundreds of coins were taken from the museum in Manching, Bavaria, in the middle of the night in a nine-minute raid, police said. The thieves may have sabotaged the museum’s alarm system. Just before the break-in, nearby internet cables were cut causing widespread outages. Police are exploring whether the theft is linked to previous raids. The outages meant the alarm system was not triggered when a door was pried open, although it was able to record when the robbery happened. Employees discovered shattered … Continue reading Incredible: Gold coins worth €1.6m stolen in nine-minute heist from German museum

Three women among dozen publicly flogged in Afghanistan – Taliban official

Twelve people, including three women, have been flogged in front of thousands of onlookers at a football stadium in Afghanistan. The group were guilty of “moral crimes” including adultery, robbery and gay sex, a Taliban official told the BBC. This is thought to be the second time in a month the Islamist group has carried out public lashings. The move could signal a return to the hard-line practices seen in the previous Taliban rule in the 1990s. Omar Mansoor Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman for Logar region in eastern Afghanistan, where the lashings happened, said that all three women were freed … Continue reading Three women among dozen publicly flogged in Afghanistan – Taliban official

France intercepts 1.5 tons of cannabis resin from Spain

French security forces have intercepted in the Cerdanya area 1.5 tons of cannabis resin from Spain, which, on the black market, would have reached a value of 9.7 million euros, according to the French customs service. The drugs were found on 3 November inside a truck whose drivers claimed to be travelling empty to Paris. Inside the trailer, however, the agents found about 40 bales of resin. The two drivers, whose identity and nationality have not been disclosed, were handed over to the Judicial Police. The Marseilles Public Prosecutor’s Office has taken charge of the investigations, according to the official … Continue reading France intercepts 1.5 tons of cannabis resin from Spain

EU defuses tensions over Kosovo car number plates

Kosovo and Serbia have agreed steps to defuse a row over Serbian car number plates, which had threatened to trigger violence. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted “We have a deal!” and said both sides would strive to normalise relations. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo had threatened to start fining drivers from Thursday if they continued using number plates issued by Belgrade. But Brussels talks resulted in a deal. Mr Borrell said Serbia would stop issuing licence plates with Kosovo cities’ denominations, and Kosovo would not demand that vehicles with Serbian plates be re-registered. On Monday he expressed … Continue reading EU defuses tensions over Kosovo car number plates

One killed and 14 wounded in twin bus stop blasts in Jerusalem

One person has been killed and 14 others wounded by two separate explosions that targeted busy bus stops in Jerusalem, Israeli medics say. The first blast was reportedly caused by a device left at a bus station on the city’s outskirts. It wounded 11 people, one of whom died in hospital. The second blast came close to a bus stop in another part of the city. It left three people with minor injuries. Israeli police said the explosions were suspected Palestinian attacks. This year has seen a spate of deadly gun and knife attacks targeting Israelis, triggering waves of Israeli … Continue reading One killed and 14 wounded in twin bus stop blasts in Jerusalem

Shocking: Store manager kills up to 10 in Virginia Walmart store

A gunman has killed up to 10 people in a Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, in the US state of Virginia, police say. A man believed to be the store manager opened fire then turned the gun on himself, and is now dead. The City of Chesapeake tweeted “police confirm an active shooter incident with fatalities at the Walmart”. There are few details, but a police officer spoke of no more than 10 people killed and multiple injured. No motive has emerged. Police told reporters that the attack happened at 22:12 local time. Spokesperson Leo Kosinski said the shooting was believed … Continue reading Shocking: Store manager kills up to 10 in Virginia Walmart store

Brazil Presidential Election: Jair Bolsonaro’s party challenges Brazil election result

The far-right party of Brazil’s outgoing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has challenged some votes in October’s election that saw him lose narrowly to leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The Liberal Party asked the electoral court to reject ballots from certain voting machines, which it claims were compromised during the second round. The court has now given the party 24 hours to amend its petition, to include the first round of voting. The same machines were used both times. Mr Bolsonaro’s party performed better than expected in the first round. The party has not presented proof for its allegation of machine … Continue reading Brazil Presidential Election: Jair Bolsonaro’s party challenges Brazil election result

Popular Mexican journalist shot dead in broad day light

Pedro Pablo Kumul, a journalist who worked as a reporter for the Mexican daily ‘AX Noticias’ and broadcaster on Es Amor 105.5 HD, was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while driving his car in the city of Veracruz, in the southeast of the country. Kamul was driving when he had a problem with the driver of another vehicle, who allegedly chased him and then shot him with a firearm, reported ‘Heraldo de México’. “We regret the terrible event that happened this afternoon in the town of Castillo where our friend, broadcaster and reporter of this media ‘Ax Noticias’ and Es … Continue reading Popular Mexican journalist shot dead in broad day light

Ten Chadian military killed in attack blamed on Boko Haram on island in Lake Chad

At least ten Chadian military personnel were killed in an attack on Tuesday by suspected members of the jihadist group Boko Haram against a checkpoint located on an island in the Lake Chad basin (west). The Chadian Presidency has indicated in a statement published on its official account on the social network Twitter that the attack was perpetrated on the island of Bouka-Toullorom, between the towns of Ngouboua and Kaiga”, without claiming responsibility for now. “This umpteenth surprise attack comes to confirm the active presence of the Boko Haram nebula in the Lake Chad basin and also gives reason to … Continue reading Ten Chadian military killed in attack blamed on Boko Haram on island in Lake Chad

The Glazer family looking to sell Manchester United football club

Manchester United’s owners announced they were evaluating “all options” regarding the future of the club. It comes after superstar Cristiano Ronaldo parted ways with the team. The American owners of Manchester United are open to selling the English Premier League club, they announced on Tuesday. “As we seek to continue building on the club’s history of success, the board has authorized a thorough evaluation of strategic alternatives,” Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer, executive co-chairmen and directors of United, said in the statement. “We will evaluate all options to ensure that we best serve our fans and that Manchester United maximizes … Continue reading The Glazer family looking to sell Manchester United football club