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Mexico protest over gasoline price hike turns violent A protest in Mexico over a 20-percent gasoline price hike has turned violent. Thousands were arrested nationwide in Latin Americaʼs second-largest economy. Violence started after a protester drove his truck into police guarding a fuel distribution terminal in Baja California. Federal police said four officers had been injured in the incident in Rosarito, near the border city of Tijuana. Mexicoʼs government hiked gasoline costs by 14 to 20 percent earlier this month, adding to already-rising inflation. The hike is part of a gradual price liberalization the Pena Nieto administration has promised to implement this year. Local media reported marches on Saturday in the Mexican states of Sonora, Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, Tabasco and Puebla as well. Thousands of people marched in the western city of Guadalajara on Saturday to protest the increases. There were no reports of violence in Mexico City on Saturday.
Israel arrests protesters supporting jailed soldier Several people were arrested in Jerusalem during a rally in support of Sergeant Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who was recently convicted for killing a Palestinian. The verdict sparked waves of outrage in the country. The police detained seven people overnight for disturbing the public order near the residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, authorities said on Sunday. The demonstrators "wanted to carry out an illegal protest in support of the soldier Elor Azaria," according to the police, following calls to pardon the 20-year-old who had been found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week. "Some of them blocked the road and refused to obey police instructions," the police added. Israel is deeply divided over the case, with Wednesdayʼs verdict prompting Azaria supporters to scuffle with the police in Tel Aviv.
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Obama calls on Americans to fight for democracy in farewell speech Obama used the speech to underscore the power of ordinary people to create change
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has said goodbye and thanked supporters during his presidential farewell speech in Chicago.
Austria to propose plans for businesses to hire local workers ahead of other EU citizens Center-left Chancellor Christian Kern has accused eastern European countries of "exporting joblessness." Austriaʼs Social Democrats have launched an apparent bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party. As he presented his 10-year economic plan, Austriaʼs Social Democrat (SPÖ) Chancellor, Christian Kern, on Wednesday outlined drastic proposals seeking to raise employment and win back support from the resurgent far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). The most eye-catching of Kernʼs proposals were his calls for the EU to allow Austrian employers to give priority to local candidates before other EU citizens. "That means - only if there is no
suitable unemployed person in the country can (a job) be given to new arrivals without restriction," Kernʼs plan read. The proposal singles out migrants from eastern Europe, countries he accused of "exporting their joblessness to Austria." Kernʼs plan also outlined proposals on a number of popular FPÖ themes, such as immigration and asylum seekers, whose intake he wants to see reduced from 35,000 per year to 17,000, and clamping down multinational firms booking profits in other countries with lower tax bases. Core SPÖ themes were also under the spotlight, including increased healthcare funding and the minimum wage, which he hopes to raise to 1,500 euros ($15,900) per month.
Apple leads race to build a green internet For yet another year, Apple has been found to be the most environmentally friendly of the worldʼs largest tech companies. A study by Greenpeace said the company was making the best use of renewables. In a fresh report called "Clicking Green," environmental organization Greenpeace on Tuesday picked Apple for the third year in a row as the tech company that had made the biggest effort to reduce its ecological footprint. According to the report, Apple was credited with playing "a catalytic role within its IT supply chain, push-
ing other IT data center and cloud operators … to follow its lead in powering operations with renewable energy." Greenpeace said the energy footprint of the global IT sector currently accounted for only 7 percent of global electricity needs. But it hastened to add that global internet traffic was expected to rise threefold by the end of the current decade, meaning a larger energy footprint, and meaning that commitments by tech companies to energy sustainability would become even more important in the years ahead.
Liberal Bay Area is vulnerable to Trump supportersʼ hate too The San Francisco Bay Area has been at the fore of the "resistance" against Donald Trump since he was elected president. But even in this hub of left-leaning politics, hate crimes have occurred and locals are worried. Historically, the Bay Area in Northern California has had a reputation for being one of the most progressively-oriented pockets of the United States and the aftermath of Trumpʼs election and weeks leading up to the inauguration have proven no exception. During the campaign, the Castro - a historically LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood in San Francisco - was the first home to an unflattering naked Donald Trump statue, a phenomenon which quickly spread to left-leaning cities across the country. On the day of the election, comically low numbers turned out for Donald Trump in counties across the San Francisco Bay Area - with as low as three percent of the vote going to Donald Trump in Berkeley.
Former Iranian President Rafsanjani dies in hospital Influential Iranian politician and writer, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died in a hospital near Tehran. He was head of the Expediency Council, a body that advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82, Iranian state media has reported. The influential former president was hospitalized because of a heart condition.
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France arrests former Kosovo PM sought by Serbia Kosovoʼs former prime minister has been arrested in France in response to an international arrest warrant for war crimes filed by Serbia. Ramush Haradinaj was stopped as he flew in from Kosovoʼs capital, Pristina. Ramush Haradinaj (photo above), a former guerrilla fighter, was arrested on his arrival at Basel-MulhouseFreiburg airport, located near the Swiss and German borders, according to sources close to the French investigation. The French judicial authorities will now examine the Serbian request. Serbia says his unit, the so-called Black Eagles, tortured and killed dozens of Serbian civilians, whose bodies were found near Radonjic Lake in the Decani region. Kosovo and France have good diplomatic relations, with Paris one of the biggest supporters of the youngest European state. The 48-year-old leader of the opposition party Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) was travelling on a diplomatic passport when he was stopped. Haradinaj is a former leader of paramilitaries who fought for Kosovo, a predominantly ethnic Albanian province of Serbia, to gain independence in 1998-99.
Jens Todt appointed Hamburgʼs new sporting director
US ethics chief wary of Trumpʼs conflicts of interests
Child labor in eastern Cameroonʼs gold mines
The head of the US ethics agency has criticized Donald Trumpʼs plan to maintain his business empire by turning it over to his sons. He said selling his assets to a blind trust would have been the best solution.
Children in eastern Cameroon leave school as young as seven to work in gold mines. Moki Kindzeka travelled to the mining town of Betare-Oya where residents have an uneasy relationship with the Chinese mining community. The road to Betare-Oya in eastern Cameroon is better than it used to be. Five years ago, it was narrow and bumpy but in the meantime the surface has been tarred and the ride is much smoother. Simon Estil, the senior government official in Betare-Oya, says urban development in the area is being driven by gold mining. He said there used to be a market just once a week, now the market is open daily and a second one has sprung up. Young traders used to sell fuel in cans, but now there are four fuel stations even though mining is still on a small-scale. "That is enough to make you understand how gold mining can transform a locality," he told DW.
US Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub took the rare step of commenting publicly on the decision by President-elect Donald Trump to de factomaintain his business empireby turning it over to his sons. Shaub said what she should have done instead was selling off all his corporate assets and placing remaining profits in a government-approved blind trust. He noted that Trumpʼs at-
tempt to avoid a cascade of conflicts spurred by his global business holdings broke 40 years of precedent by presidents from both parties. Shaub openly pleaded with Trump to reconsider his plan before his inauguration on January 20, emphasizing that the way to move forward would be to have his profits administered by a neutral trustee approved by the ethics agency.
Want to pet that cute owl? After its kitten craze, owl cafés seem to be Japanʼs next big thing. Customers have been lining up to spend time with the big-eyed birds. But despite good intentions, experts say signs of stress are likely to be misread. Sweet Potato, Cherry Tomato and Kuppi are only three of over 30 owls that are listed onAkiba Fukurouʼs website, an owl café at the heart of Tokyo. Theyʼre pretty cute and thatʼs probably the main draw for visitors dropping in for an hour to hold the owls and take pictures. In
reviews, customers rave about the experience of getting up close and personal with owls of all shapes and sizes. But keeping different types of owls in close proximity can be problematic, says Christian Artuso, a biologist and owl expert withBird Studies Canada. "You see a bunch of problems in the owl cafés with overcrowding - but you also see placements of larger owls and small owls together. That is extremely stressful for the small owls," he told DW. "They are usually not going to be happy to sit beside a predator that would eat them under a natural context."
Hamburg have appointed Jens Todt as their new sporting director. The long-expected move comes after the club parted ways with Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who had held the posts of both chairman and sporting director. The Bundesliga club confirmed in a statement posted on their website on Friday that Todt had taken over as their sporting director and had already joined Hamburg at their winter training camp in Dubai.
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Egypt postpones controversial UN vote on Israeli settlements Egyptian President el-Sissi has bowed to pressure from Israel to delay a vote on the measure in the Security Council. The move came as US President Barack Obama weighed whether or not to block the resolution. Facing pressure from Israel, Egypt indefinitely postponed a United Nations Security Council vote to condemn the building of settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Israel was forced to turn to its reticent allies in Cairo as it remained unclear whether longtime ally the United States would veto the measure. As a permanent member of the Security Council, the US has routinely axed such resolutions. But President Barack Obama has reportedly been mulling if they should let the measure through after years of aborted peace efforts. Despite the history of friendly relations between the two countries, the US has long considered the settlements as a hurdle to a lasting peace process, and allowing the resolution to pass would have been an opportunity to take a stronger stance. "Peace will come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, imploring the US to exercise its veto power.