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MS-13 crackdown — the largest ever in New York — ensnares nearly 100 members, associates

New York prosecutors have announced the arrests Friday of nearly 100 members and associates of MS-13 in what officials say is the largest crackdown against the gang in the state’s history.

Russian spy ship lurking off US coast conducting ‘unsafe operation’

U.S. Northern Command and the Coast Guard have been tracking a Russian spy ship equipped with electronic surveillance gear that has been lurking off the East Coast of the United States.

France strikes: Tension mounts with more travel disruption and possible power cuts on Wednesday

Strikes in France continue on Wednesday with heightened rhetoric on both sides and the possibility of more power cuts, as well as severe transport disruption.

Report Reveals at Least 1,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 2019

A new report from the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust estimates that more than 1,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria this year alone.

Police fire tear gas at Hong Kong protesters, ending lull

Police fired tear gas against protesters in Hong Kong before meetings Monday between the territory’s leader and Communist Party officials in Beijing, ending a lull in what have become regular clashes between riot squads and demonstrators.

Riots in Beirut for Second Night, Security Forces use Tear Gas on Protesters

Smoke engulfed central Beirut as security forces fired tear gas at a protest near Lebanon's parliament on Sunday in a second night of clashes.

Russia Joins Iran & Turkey in Nur-Sultan to Condemn Israeli Strikes in Syria

For the first time ever, Russia has joined both Iran & Turkey in the Kazakhstan capital of Nur-Sultan for the Astana Summit; All three countries have signed an agreement condemning Israeli strikes inside of Syria.

Jersey City Shooting ‘Premeditated Antisemitic Hate Crime’ – NYC Mayor

The shooting attack at a kosher grocery in Jersey City on Tuesday was a "premeditated violent antisemitic hate crime" and "an act of terror," said the New York City Mayor at a press conference on Wednesday.

Shootout in Jersey City Jewish market leaves 6 dead, including police officer; others hurt in chaotic scene

Six people, including a New Jersey police officer, were killed in an hourslong standoff and shootout in a Jersey City convenience store Tuesday, Mayor Steven Fulop said.

New Zealand Volcano Erupts – Five Dead as Authorities Warn to Brace for Further Casualties

A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday, leaving five people dead and 50 more more unaccounted for. Local police said tourists were seen walking inside the crater of White Island volcano moments before the deadly eruption.

Trump: North Korea’s Kim has ‘everything’ to lose ‘if he acts in a hostile way’

President Trump said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “everything” to lose after Pyongyang reported a “very important test” at a rocket site. “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way,” Trump tweeted.

Chinese Government Propaganda Urges Supporters to Burn Down White House

The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, and the government’s CCTV broadcaster published images this week depicting Chinese people ransacking an inaccurate rendition of the White House, a call to violence in response to Washington supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters.

U.S. says Iran may have Killed Upwards of 1,000 in Recent Protests

Iranian security forces may have killed more than 1,000 people since protests over gasoline price hikes began in mid-November, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Thursday, adding that many thousands were also wounded in the unrest.

Iran’s Soleimani Heads to Baghdad After Resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister

The commander for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Qasem Soleimani, heads to Baghdad after the resignation of the Iraq Prime Minister; Soleimani was in Baghdad in October to help combat the protestors.

Number of Deaths from Iran unrest ‘Evidence Iran’s Security Forces went on Horrific Killing Spree’ with Families Forced to Pay for Bodies

At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during a crackdown on protests in Iran last month that followed a sharp fuel price hike, Amnesty International said Monday.

Russia’s Putin Signs Law to Label People Foreign Agents; further Restricting Media Freedoms

SOURCE: (Reuters) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation allowing individuals to be labeled foreign agents, drawing criticism...

China Spreads Its Surveillance Standards Worldwide, Unveils New Crackdown On Phone Users’ Privacy

Chinese technology companies that are either partially owned by communist China or that have strong connections to China’s communist government are reportedly shaping new surveillance and facial recognition standards at the United Nations. The revelation comes as China announced that starting on Sunday telecom companies must collect facial scans when registering new phone users.

China Media Accuses US of Seeking to “Push Hong Kong Closer to the Abyss of Chaos” by Passing Human Rights, Democracy Act

China’s state propaganda outlet Global Times warned on Friday now should be the time “Hong Kong society sobers up” to defend itself from an alleged American economic attack, following the passage of a U.S. law to protect protesters.

British Police Kill Assailant who Stabbed Several in Terrorist Attack at London Bridge, Two Dead

British police on Friday shot dead a man wearing a fake suicide vest who had stabbed several people near London Bridge before being wrestled to the ground by bystanders.

Several hurt in Netherlands stabbing incident, just hours after London Terror Attack

The violent attack apparently took place at Grote Marktstraat, a popular consumer destination. Dutch police said on Friday that several people have been wounded in a stabbing attack at a popular shopping area located in The Hague.

Iraq demonstrators burn down Iranian consulate; protester killed, 35 injured

Anti-government protesters burned down the Iranian consulate building in southern Iraq on Wednesday, while six protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds amid ongoing violence, Iraqi officials said Wednesday.

Death Toll Rises, hundreds injured in Albania After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

Rescue crews with excavators searched for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings and hotels Tuesday as the death toll from a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania climbed to 21, with more than 600 people injured.

Hong Kong Protesters Crush China Supporters in Historic Election Win

The Hong Kong pro-democracy movement fueled record voter turnout and a crushing defeat for pro-China parties in Sunday’s District Council election, leaving the establishment with only 60 of the nearly 500 seats on the council.

At least 143 killed in Iran protests, Amnesty International says

Rights group cites ‘credible reports’ of fatalities caused by firearms, warns actual death toll could be much higher, slams international community’s ‘woefully inadequate’ response

Colombian protests roll on for third day amid tear gas, casualties

Groups of demonstrators were dispersed by tear gas on Saturday during a third day of protests in Colombia and videos on social media showed at least one gravely injured protester.

Iranian Government Shuts Down Internet for 5 Days Amid Protests

The Iranian government shut down the internet throughout the country for 5 days amid protests; The protests were a result of the 50% increase in the cost of gas; Over 100 individuals are reported to have been killed on Tuesday.

Colombia to close Borders in Attempt to Contain Mass Protests; As Unrest Sweeps South America

Colombia’s government has announced plans to close its borders, part of a string of measures to contain mass strikes and protests planned this week amid sweeping unrest in South America.

Hong Kong: Police say Surrender is Only Option for Protesters

Hong Kong police have fought running battles with protesters trying to break a security cordon around a university in the city, firing teargas both at activists trying to escape the besieged campus and at crowds trying to reach it from outside.

Muslim AK-47s and Bombings Turn Sweden Into War Zone

Sweden is reeling from a wave of shootings and bombings with 268 shootings just this year so far. And that's in a country of 10 million people which has crime numbers on par with some American cities.

Iran’s Leaders Shut Down The Internet As Fuel Protests Spread To 100 Cities

Iran is now in the “midst of a near-total national internet shutdown,” according to NetBlocks, an international non-profit that monitors cybersecurity and cyber-threats worldwide, including threats that come from powerful governments.

Hong Kong protesters clash with police at key battleground, seek to ‘squeeze economy’

Protesters fight on to maintain control over major transport tunnel, call for more action Monday.

Protests Erupt across Iran, Burning Banks, Angry Over Gas Prices

Iranian mobile networks appeared to go offline on Saturday night amid rising protests in Iran. Videos from across the country showed security forces firing tear gas, clashing protesters and also showed images of Iranian regime figures being burned and people angry that price hikes were allegedly being used to fund foreign wars.

U.S. calls on Libya’s Haftar to Halt Tripoli War, Warns Against Russia’s Role

The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian interference.

Lebanese Protesters Rise Again

After provocative statements by the president and the killing of a demonstrator by the army, the protest movement is re-energized.

UN, US Urge Baghdad to Step Up Reform Efforts Amid Fresh Protests

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo slammed Iraq over the death toll in the security crackdown on the protests, with official count halted after it hit 300 killed.

Hezbollah Says It’s ‘Arms Wont Be Twisted’ as Lebanon Crisis Deepens

Political talks to agree an urgently needed Lebanese government are still deadlocked, three senior sources said on Sunday, as the powerful Shi'ite group Hezbollah indicated it would not be forced into concessions.

Iranian Munitions Used to Kill Protests in Iraq; Investigation finds

Iranian-made grenades are being used to kill protesters in Iraq, a new investigation shows. With more than 300 protesters estimated killed and a massive sit-in in Baghdad continuing, as well as clashes in Basra, Iraq’s protests are continuing their momentum.

Hong Kong: Protesters Stage Massive ‘Martyrs’ Vigil after Student’s Death

Although the precise chain of events leading to his fatal fall is unclear and disputed, protesters have made alleged police brutality one of their movement's rallying cries and have seized on the death.

Yair Netanyahu: George Soros Destroying Israel From Inside

Yair Netanyahu explained that the European Union was funding hundreds of “radical Soros organizations” inside of Israel with massive amounts of money. Their common objective is to end the Jewish state in its current form, he added.

‘David’s Sling’ Missile Seized by Russia in Syria, says China and Russia

The Russian army has obtained from Syria the advanced Israeli missile interceptor "David's Sling" according to reports on Wednesday by China and Russia.

Trump Calls for ‘War’ Against Mexican Drug Cartel ‘Monsters’ after Americans Murdered

President Trump on Tuesday offered U.S. assistance as he called on Mexico to “wage war” against the country's murderous drug cartel “monsters” in response to the brutal killing of multiple Americans a day earlier.

Downtown Hong Kong becomes a Battlefield: Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters who Fight back with Petrol Bombs

Hong Kong police fired tear gas to break up a demonstration by thousands of masked anti-government protesters today as downtown Hong Kong turned into a battleground.