Protests broke out in various parts of Catalonia Monday after the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine independence leaders to between 9 and 13 years for sedition and embezzlement. Thousands gathered at Barcelona–El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport in Barcelona.
US President Donald Trump, on Monday, announced the imposition of economic sanctions against Turkey for starting military operations in northern Syria. The Turkish invasion has already killed 80 civilians and displaced 160,000 residents. The operation began shortly after the withdrawal of the US military from the region last week.
At least 14 police officers died in an armed attack in the municipality of Aguililla, in the western Mexican state of Michoacán, authorities said on Monday. The region has been hit by violence linked to organized crime. According to the local press sources, state police were ambushed in the morning by men aboard armored vans when they were on their way to serving a court order in the area.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked the Telegram Group to halt the sale of its Gram cryptocurrency. According to a press release published by the agency, a temporary restraining order has been obtained to stop the firm and its subsidiaries from going ahead with the event.
Nobel Prize in Physics is a yearly award given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for those who have made the most outstanding contributions for mankind in the field of physics. The 2019 Nobel Prize in physics depends on the atomic physics.
The 2019 Nobel Prize is split between Michel Mayor (University Geneva), Didier Queloz (University of Geneva, University of Cambridge) and James Peebles ( Princeton University) for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star, which is based on the radial velocity method. Also known as Doppler spectroscopy, it is the most effective method for locating extrasolar planets with existing technology.
Russian military officials are voicing concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Syria due to Turkish involvement. Turkey started an operation against the Kurds on October 9, 2019 under the guise of “counterterrorism.” The Kurdish population of Syria is that country’s largest ethnic minority, comprising between 7% and 10% of the population. Kurds are one of the indigenous peoples of the Mesopotamian plains and the highlands in what is now south-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia.
Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders involved in Catalonia’s attempted independence in October 2017, to terms ranging from nine to 13 years in prison. All defendants were acquitted of the most serious charge of rebellion. The group was convicted of crimes ranging from sedition to embezzlement of public funds, in an expected decision. Three defendants were found guilty of disobedience crimes and were not sentenced to prison.
Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.
Syrian troops were dispatched to the border with Turkey Monday, just hours after Kurdish militias, which were allies of the United States, announced an agreement with the Bashar al-Assad regime to help them counter the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria. Turkey’s invasion began after the withdrawal of American troops from the region.
The government of Ecuador and the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) announced an agreement Sunday night that is likely to bring to an end a wave of 11 days of protests in the country and restore peace. President Lenin Moreno stepped back and agreed to the repeal of the decree removing fuel subsidies. Protesters celebrated the deal on the streets of the capital, Quito.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Sunday in protest against extreme right-wing violence and anti-Semitism, in a gesture of repudiation of the attack that left two dead this week in the east German city of Halle. The protest began on Bebelplatz square, in front of the Humboldt University in the heart of the German capital. It was in this square where, in 1933, the Nazis burned books by Jewish authors considered “subversive” by Adolf Hitler’s regime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Saudi Arabia Monday to meet with Saudi leaders. Putin also held talks with King Salman, as well as with Saudi Arabia over Iran and Syria. The leaders’ talks focused on the issue of oil production and the price of the product in world markets. Political analysts believe that tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey’s progress in Syria, are among the issues to be discussed at the summit of the leaders of the two countries.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who traveled to Tehran to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia, met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday. The Supreme Leader praised the Pakistani government’s concern for peace and security, saying, “the Islamic Republic of Iran has for a long time presented a four-point plan to end the war in Yemen.” He added, “the end of this war in the proper way can have positive effects on the region.”
Israel is celebrating the holiday of Succot. The holiday begins Monday night and lasts for seven days. During this time, Jews will appear to be camping out eating and living in booths which are temporary dwelling places. On the eighth day of the holiday is Simchat Torah when is completed the reading of the entire five books of Moses. On the holiday of Simchat Torah (translated as the Joy of the Torah), Jews dance with Torah rejoicing in being the chosen people on earth to receive the Torah.
More than 7 million voters were called back to the polls on Sunday for the third time in less than a month to elect a new president who faces the challenge of taking the country out of its economic crisis. Independent constitutional law professor Kais Saied and his rival, businessman and media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate for the “Heart of Tunisia” party, competed Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections.
Poles went to the polls on Sunday to decide general elections, and whether the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) will repeat its victory and win an absolute majority in Parliament. The polling stations in Poland opened today at 07:00 local time (05:00 GMT). More than 25,000 polling stations are enabled for this day and remained open until 9 PM local time (19.00 GMT).
In reaction to the Turkish offensive in Syria, both France and Germany have decided to immediately halt the selling any military equipment that Ankara may use in its ongoing invasion. Notably, Turkey is the largest buyer of German weapons.
Hong Kong police carried out new arrests during protests on Sunday, organized in different neighborhoods by pro-democracy protesters. Security forces stormed a shopping center which protesters had vandalized for supporting the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government. On the other hand, a group of protesters secretly transported a statue that became a symbol of their mobilization on top of an emblematic mountain of the ex-British colony, the “Lion Rock” (495 meters), which dominates the peninsula from Kowloon.
At least 35 people have been killed in a devastating typhoon that hit Japan this weekend. Many others are missing. This is considered to be Japan’s most severe storm in the last 60 years. The typhoon hit shortly before 9 PM local time on the Izu Peninsula in southwestern Tokyo. It is now moving along the east coast of Japan’s main island. The wind speed of this storm has reached a maximum of 225 kilometers per hour.
Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. Kipchoge completed the 42.195 kilometer run in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds in Vienna, Austria.
The Kurds, who have faced Turkish attacks in northern Syria, are calling on Americans to assume their moral obligation to help them. They accuse the United States of leaving them alone, despite promises to provide them security. The Kurds, in a statement, also called on the United States to close the area’s airspace for Turkish planes. Meanwhile, France has suspended arms exports to its NATO ally because of Turkish military action.
A federal judge ruled Friday that the that the national emergency declaration proclaimed by US President Donald Trump is illegal. Therefore, his decision to divert money from other sources to finance the construction of a border wall is also illegal. Judge David Briones of the US Federal Court for the Western District of Texas responded to a lawsuit filed against the federal government by El Paso County, Texas, jointly with the Border Network for Human Rights.
Two people have died from various fires in California, near the city of Los Angeles, authorities reported. More than 1,000 firefighters are working to contain the flames by land and air, as Californians face dangerous fires. The most dangerous was out of control during the early hours of October 11 throughout northern Los Angeles, with tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes. At the moment the origin of the flames is unknown.
The theme of Saturday’s protests in Hong Kong was to oppose the use of the Emergency Law by the Hong Kong Government, and the enactment of the Anti-Mask Law. Even though the new law has been in force for a week, at least 90 people have been arrested or accused, so far. Most people still wear masks to protest, however. Some people shouted slogans such as “masked no guilty, legislation is unreasonable”, “I have the right to wear a mask”, and “Hong Kong people resist.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Chinese President Xi Jinping in the scenic southern town of Chennai. The town has a historic old temple and is popular with tourists because it is suitable for surfing. In this seaside town, Xi and Modi held a few hours of one-on-one talks. Xi said on Saturday that he had a free and frank discussion with Modi.
The United Nations on Friday announced a series of measures to tackle its worst financial crisis in nearly a decade. The United Nations reported a deficit of $1.4 billion in its operational budget this year and blamed the funding gap on some 60 countries in arrears, seven of which caused 90% of the deficit, such as the United States, Brazil, Israel, and Iran.
Despite the deaths of dozens, including civilians, and the displacement of about 100,000 people from border towns in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists on continuing his military campaign, “Operation Spring Peace,” against Kurdish fighters. Erdogan said he would continue this “battle until all terrorists go south 32 kilometers away from our border.”
At least four people were killed and dozens were injured during demonstrations Friday in Port-au-Prince and other cities in the country against Haitian President Jovenel Moise. The spokesman for the Haitian National Police (PNH), Gary Desrosiers, only confirmed to the media that one person was injured in St-Marc, about 100 kilometers north of the capital. Opposition protesters responded with great anger.
Deforestation in the Amazon grew 92.7% between January and September this year, compared to the same period last year, according to data released this Friday by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The destruction of the forest in these first nine months has already surpassed by 58.7% recorded in the year 2018.
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has proposed a face-to-face dialogue with indigenous leaders after demonstrations became increasingly violent on Friday. Protesters clashed with security forces in Quito on Friday, continuing their rejection of economic adjustments Moreno made with the International Monetary Fund. “The country must regain calm. The country must know we have the will for dialogue,” said Moreno after the call of the indigenous leadership to radicalize the actions after the failure of dialogue first attempt.
An Iranian tanker was hit on Friday in the Red Sea by two blasts, both of them, according to Iranian state media, caused by missiles. The incident took place off the coast of Saudi Arabia and soon raised fears of escalating tension between the two countries in the unstable region. The missile attack could not yet be independently confirmed, but the location of the Red Sea would be unusual— most hostilities involving Iran occur in the Persian Gulf.
Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, was announced Friday as the winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy is the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize, as announced today at a ceremony in Oslo, the capital city of Norway. The African leader will receive the award for his role in ending his country’s conflicts with neighboring Eritrea. The award ceremony is scheduled for December 10th this year, in the same city.
Venezuela denied responsibility on Thursday for oil spills that polluted more than 130 Brazilian beaches. In the community, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said Brazil’s accusations about the origin of the oil are unfounded. “PDVSA categorically rejects statements by Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, who accuses Venezuela of being responsible for crude oil that has contaminated the beaches of northeastern Brazil since early September,” the state-owned company said.
US President Donald Trump says there are three options to resolve the crisis between Turkey and the Kurds in northeastern Syria, and talked Thursday on the importance of the option of “US mediation” between Ankara and the Kurds. Turkey launched a military attack in northern Syria this week, however, Washington confirmed that at this stage, Turkey did not cross the red line.
Thousands of students marched on Thursday in the main cities of Colombia to demand the government increase the budget for public education. In Bogota, where the demonstrations were the most numerous, these ended with small clashes between the police and hooded groups. Even several journalists were intimidated by strangers, but the students themselves fixed the situation by moving them away.
Five people have died, 554 have been injured and 929 have been arrested since the beginning of the protests a week ago in Ecuador, according to the Ecuador Ombudsman. The fatalities are due, protesters say, to the excessive repression carried out by the police force. One fell from a bridge next to another protester during police harassment; another due to causes not yet clarified. An indigenous leader was killed too.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first statement regarding the US withdrawal from Syria, strongly condemning the Turkish military action and offering humanitarian assistance to the Kurds. He stated “Israel condemns the Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey to Europe if the EU continues showing opposition to the ongoing Turkey’s military offensive in Syria. “Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you,” he said in a speech to MPs from his AKP party.
All Chinese companies have suspended their cooperation with the NBA in the wake of a controversial tweet from one of the association’s general managers. However, Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai went on as scheduled, and Saturday’s game between the two teams in Shenzhen will continue as usual as well. At the same time, the attitude of this incident on the Chinese network is one-sided.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Bayern Munich of “manipulating behind the scenes,” when it snatched up former Gunners’ youngster Serge Gnabry. The Frenchman confirmed that he had tried to extend the player’s contract but the Bavarians managed to turn the tables.
Trade talks between the US and China are scheduled to resume this week, on Thursday and Friday. The outside world is concerned about whether the two sides can end their 15-month trade war. According to Al Jazeera, the US government plans to partially cancel a ban on sales to Huawei, and allow them to continue to purchase parts from the United States.
As soon as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the start of the military operation in northern Syria, there was a strong Western reaction, with governments demanding a halt. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was among them, condemning the Turkish attack “strongly,” and calling for the European Commission President to stop it.
Guatemalan president-elect, Alejandro Giammattei, announced he will repeal the ban on single-use plastics ordered by the previous government and bet on the culture of recycling. “We will repeal it on January 14,” Giammattei told reporters after participating in a business forum, a sector that has strongly opposed outgoing President Jimmy Morales’ plastics ban measure.
After the start of the Turkish offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria, the risk of jihadists detained by the SDF escaping, or being released, has become a reality, prompting Washington to transfer the most dangerous jihadists to Iraq to ensure they are put on trial. A US defense official said on Wednesday night that the US military had taken responsibility for the detention of two Islamic State jihadi fighters previously held by Kurdish forces in Syria, in a decision made in the wake of the Turkish attack on northern Syria.
Nearly 800 people have been detained in Ecuador since last Thursday when protests broke out against the elimination of fuel subsidies, in the framework of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund. Guayaquil and Quito cities in Ecuador recorded the highest number of arrests. The most numerous demonstrations on Wednesday were registered in the capital.