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US MAN ARRESTED IN RUSSIA IN SUSPICION OF SPYING

A man who says he is the brother of U.S. citizen Paul Whelan who was arrested in Moscow last week on suspicion of spying--

is proclaiming his brother's innocence and providing more detail to an opaque case.

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MACRON’S TOUGH STANCE ON YELLOW VESTS BACKFIRES BADLY AS RIOTS ENGULF FRANCE

French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to get tough on citizens protesting his government appears to have backfired as members of the yellow vest movement take to Paris’ streets.

Nearly 50,000 protesters trampled Sunday through towns and cities dotting France, including Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rennes and Marseille. Street marches began peacefully enough in Paris but soon degenerated into a maelstrom of violence and chaos.

Some protesters threw haymaker punches at baton-wielding police officers while other agitators lit cars on fire outside the Champs Elysees. Much of the sting from the yellow vest protests, which began in November, had dissipated after Macron pulled back on an unpopular carbon tax.

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Egypt opens Middle East's biggest cathedral

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt's largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church.

The newly built Cathedral of Nativity had its first Mass under heavy security on Sunday, the eve of Coptic Christmas.

Mr Sisi, who declares himself a defender of Christians against extremists, told worshippers the simultaneous opening of the cathedral and the major Al-Fattah Al-Aleem mosque carried a message of unity.

"We are one and we will remain one," Mr Sisi said as he opened the cathedral, referring to Egyptian Christians and Muslims.

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May Could Postpone Final Brexit Agreement Commons Vote Again

Prime Minister Theresa May may again push back the final House of Commons vote on her EU Withdrawal Agreement in face of continued opposition by Brexiteer MPs, according to sources speaking to The Telegraph.

The vote was postponed in December in face of certain defeat relating to objections from Brexit-supporting MPs that the backstop could lock Northern Ireland in regulatory alignment with the bloc and threaten the Union.

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Germany’s Merkel Calls For ‘Management of Migration’ in Globalist New Year’s Address

Chancellor Angela Merkel has closed a difficult year in German politics which has seen political embarrassment at the polls and her own departure from the top job announced but deferred, with an address to the nation pushing key globalist themes.

Speaking in her annual New Year’s Eve address recorded on Sunday, the architect of Europe’s migrant crisis made oblique swipes at nationalism and called for more cooperation “across borders” to tackle what she identified as the key challenges of 2019, among them terrorism and global warming.

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Church of England Demands UK Welcome Illegal Boat Migrants: ‘Everyone is Precious’

As ministers called on the Home Office to take action against an unprecedented influx of boats carrying migrants from the third world, the bishop of Dover told the Observer it was “crucial that we all remember that we are dealing with human beings here”.

Speaking with the backing of the church, the newspaper reports, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott said: “Across the nation, we have been celebrating the season of hope and goodwill as we remember Christ’s birth — let’s not forget so soon that every person is precious.”

With well over 100 migrants having broken into Britain by boat in recent weeks, the majority of whom reportedly hail from Iran, 

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China's Xi Calls on Army to Be Battle-Ready

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.

China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States over issues ranging from trade to the status of Taiwan.

The official Xinhua news agency said Xi told a meeting of the top military authority that China faced increasing risks and challenges, and the armed forces must work to secure its security and development needs.
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America Announces New African Policy

Cole Rainey

12/14/2018

National Security Advisor, John Bolton spoke at the Heritage Institute yesterday and laid out the United States new agenda for Africa. An agenda that is rooted in President Trump’s America First policy. Bolton made it clear the US would prioritize the interests of American citizens heavily. He laid out three primary focuses of this new African agenda.

Bolton stated the first priority would be “advancing U.S. trade and commercial ties with nations across the region to the benefit of both the United States and Africa.” The United States will secure national security interests in the region. Bolton made it clear the US would compete economically with China and Russia in the region.

Bolton mentioned China “15 times” during the speech according to VOAnews. China was the focus of a major portion of the speech. Bolton challenged China’s involvement in the region, stating “In Africa, we are already seeing the disturbing effects of China’s quest to obtain more political, economic, and military power.” Citing Zambia’s “10 billion dollar debt” to China, and how China is going to take over Zambia’s national power and utility company in order to pay off the debt owed to them.

Bolton took a strong stance on Beijing, ““China uses bribes, opaque agreements, and the strategic use of debt to hold states in Africa captive to Beijing’s wishes and demands.” He continued, “Its investment ventures are riddled with corruption, and do not meet the same environmental or ethical standards as U.S. developmental programs.” He cited concerns over Djibouti, with China building a military base only miles from American base Camp Lemonnier. Also attacking China for allegedly using laser beams on American pilots on “ten separate occasions”. He also claimed two US pilots obtained eye injuries due to the laser beam attacks.

Bolton continued on to assert that Russia was also involved in corrupt dealings in the region. He affirmed “It [Russia] continues to sell arms and energy in exchange for votes at the United Nations—votes that keep strongmen in power, undermine peace and security, and run counter to the best interests of the African people.” Russia has been accused of strong arm tactics before. Reuters reported after the UN vote on Ukraine several diplomats told them “it was clear to the recipients of the warnings [from Russia] not to support the resolution that retaliatory measures could include steps such as expelling migrant workers from Russia, halting natural gas supplies or banning certain imports to Russia to cause economic harm.”

Bolton’s second pillar for America’s new African policy is the war on radical Islamic terrorism. He stated, “In recent years, ISIS, al-Qaida, and other terrorists operating in Africa have increased the lethality of their attacks, expanded into new areas, and repeatedly targeted U.S. citizens and interests.” He referenced the rise of terror organization JNIM, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin in Mali.

Bolton also brought up how ISIS affiliates in Libya are recruiting new terrorists and plotting attacks against the US. Counter-extremism reported “ISIS was officially established in Libya in November 2014. Since then, the group has become the most powerful ISIS affiliate outside of Syria and Iraq as well as the most powerful extremist group operating in Libya.” South Sudan’s civil war was also a point of emphasis for Bolton. As Bolton asserted “In South Sudan, an ongoing civil war has ravaged a young nation, displaced millions, and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.” Allowing the displacement of millions and allowing this type of carnage comes with a cost. 

Bolton cited the US has spent “approximately $3.76 billion dollars in humanitarian aid to South Sudan and refugees in neighboring countries.” Cost was a major point of concern for Bolton as he stated the US in 2016 spent “8.6 billion dollars” on African aid as a whole. Which is contradictory to Trump’s America First Policy which seeks to reduce unnecessary foreign aid.

The third and final pillar of Bolton’s new African plan is ensuring all US aid to Africa is used efficiently and used to promote “peace, stability, independence, and prosperity in the region.” In order to promote prosperity across the region the Trump administration has developed an initiative called “Prosper Africa” designed to improve the business climate of Africa and grow their middle class.

Another element of this third pillar will be encouraging African leaders to choose high-quality, transparent, inclusive, and sustainable foreign investment projects, including those from the United States.” The United States will seek to improve the economic conditions in 

Africa in order to bolster struggling economies across the continent.

Bolton also asserted the United States will pursue “fair and reciprocal” trade deals across the region. This comes as no surprise considering the trade policies that President Trump ran on. ‘Free and fair’ trade is a top priority of the Trump administration. Bolton stated “Our new economic initiatives in Africa will help support American jobs and expand market access for U.S. exports, while promoting sustainable growth in African countries.”

The new American strategy in Africa is designed to promote economic prosperity in the region, fight radical Islamic terror and counter the “Predatory” actions of China and Russia. National Security Adviser John Bolton finished his speech stating “Under our new Africa Strategy, we will expand economic ties on the basis of mutual respect.

We will help African nations take control of their own economic destinies and their own security needs. And, we will ensure that all U.S. foreign assistance in the region gets results for the American people.”Tensions continue to rise with China and Russia as the United States now sets its sights on more influence over Africa.

Merkel Hails UN Migration Pact Le Pen Says Would ‘Forever Change’ France

The face of the UN Migration Pact German Chancellor Angela Merkel has hailed the agreement signed Monday as good for migrants and the world, while populist anti-mass migration French politician Marine Le Pen has warned it will “forever change” the face of France.

“Today is a very important day,” Dr Merkel said Monday after 164 out of 193 countries voted in favour of adopting the United Nations’ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which states that mass migration is “inevitable, desirable and necessary” and aims to institutionalise it at an international level.

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Nato accuses Russia of breaking nuclear missile treaty

Western military alliance Nato has formally accused Russia of breaching the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which banned land-based nuclear missiles in Europe. Following a meeting, Nato foreign ministers issued a statement supporting US accusations of Russian violations.

The US has threatened to withdraw from the treaty because of Russian actions. Russia denied being in breach of the INF deal, saying it "strictly abides" by its conditions.

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Spy?

Roger Young 1/1/2019

Paul Whelan accused of espionage and detained in Russia. Is he an international spy? 

France raises terror threat to ‘ATTACK EMERGENCY’ after Strasbourg shooting

THE FRENCH authorities have raised the country’s terror threat to “attack emergency” after deadly shootings in Strasbourg on Tuesday night, according to the French interior minister. The threat level is the highest of a three-tier system and means "exceptional measures are in place to prevent any imminent risk of attack", according to BNO News. It was raised by the French interior minister after a gunman opened fire at Strasbourg Christmas market. Interior minister Christophe Castaner told reporters early on Wednesday morning the national terror level had been raised from “Heightened Security” to “Attack Emergency” - the highest level.

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NO NEW TARIFFS: TRUMP WINS TRADE BATTLE WITH CHINA

President Donald Trump was able to extract a number of concessions from Chinese President Xi Jinping in exchange for not imposing any new tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump reached a major agreement while meeting with the world’s top leaders over the weekend. At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trump and Xi spoke for two and a half hours Saturday night — an hour longer than previously scheduled. The meeting, which Trump called “amazing and productive,” has temporarily staved off an escalating trade battle between the world’s two biggest economies.

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ANC And EFF Criticized For Keeping Quiet Over BLF’s Plan To “Kill All Whites”

A group of people have blasted the African National Congress and the Economic Freedom Fighters as well as few other political parties for not commenting on the “kill all whites” speech made by Black Lands First Leader Andile Mngxitama. On Monday, the SA Human Rights Commission spokesperson said on Monday that they received multitudes of complaints through its social media platforms against Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama.

“We have the complaints, but we can’t prejudge. We have to subject them to a particular assessment process to determine if there are human rights violations. 

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South Africa 'sets date for white farmers land grab' months after announcing 'test case' to see if 'expropriation without compensation' is legal

White South Africans could be forced to give up their own homes from next year as the nation's government steamrolls through plans for land expropriation over claims 'Africa's original sin' must be reversed.

Land is a huge issue in South Africa where racial inequality remains entrenched more than two decades after the end of apartheid when millions of the black majority were dispossessed of their land by a white minority.

The National Assembly agreed to the establishment of a committee that will draft an amendment to section 25 of the Constitution – a law which will allow the government to take homes from the people – and refuse to pay them compensation.

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Ukraine's martial law brings unease after Russian attack

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Larysa Spitsyna was shocked and confused when she learned her city would be placed under martial law. "As a psychologist, I know that the main thing that is disturbing to us is uncertainty," said Spitsyna, 54, who teaches at a local university. It was precisely such a feeling that swept thorough Zaporizhzhia last week.

The city is in one of the regions where martial law was imposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko — a response to Russian ships ramming, shooting and then seizing three naval vessels in the Black Sea. In Ukraine, that allows the military to requisition private property, mobilize civilians, ban mass gatherings and stop the sale of alcohol. Poroshenko said it was necessary in response to "an act of aggression" and claimed Russia was amassing tanks at his border.

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U.N.: 70 Percent of Yemen Is Starving

A staggering 70 percent of the population in Yemen — 20 million people — are facing acute food insecurity raging from minimal to catastrophic levels, marking a 15 percent increase from last year, the United Nations humanitarian chief revealed on Monday, echoing a recent inter-agency report issued by the international body’s aid divisions.

There are “millions of Yemenis who are hungry and sick and scared and desperate and starving, but they’ve all got one message, and their message is that they’re at the end of their tether and they want this war to stop,” Mark Lowcock observed, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Lowcock, who recently traveled to Yemen, reportedly added that an unprecedented 250,000 people are facing a “catastrophe” from a lack of food.

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Jesus won’t save you — President Xi Jinping will, Chinese Christians told

Jesus Christ won’t drag you out of poverty or cure your illnesses, but the Chinese Communist Party will, so take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping.

That’s what thousands of villagers in southeastern China have been told by local officials, in a sign of the growing cult of personality around the country’s powerful leader, as well as rising pressure on Christian worship.

A social media account in Jiangxi province’s Yugan county said villagers had “willingly” removed 624 posters showing Christian religious sayings and images, and replaced them with 453 images of Xi. The move, while still on a small scale, harks back to the personality cult surrounding Communist China’s first leader, Mao Zedong, whose picture was in every home.

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Protests call for Macron’s resignation as France comes to the brink of state of emergency

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday would not rule out imposing a state of emergency as nationwide economic protests turned violent in the capital, Paris.

Macron was forced to fly home from the G-20 summit in Argentina for an emergency huddle with advisers on how to quell the worst civil unrest to grip the City of Light in a decade.

Thousands have taken to the streets, with some torching cars and scrawling anti-government graffiti on cultural icons such as the Arc de Triomphe.

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Macron urged to act after ‘yellow vest’ protests hit France

Paris (AFP) – Calls mounted Sunday for President Emmanuel Macron to bring an end to the “yellow vest” crisis gripping France as authorities counted the cost of another day of violent protests and looting.

Authorities said the anti-Macron riots in Paris had been less violent than a week ago, with fewer injured — but city hall said the physical damage was far worse as the protests were spread out across the capital. Burned-out cars dotted the streets in several neighborhoods on Sunday morning as cleaners swept up the broken glass from smashed shop windows and bus stops.

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