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Israeli army flying air attack on a Hamas position in the Gaza strip (10.02 PM)Canadian teacher in China (9.36 PM), Drunk pedestrians, driving in Berlin – five injured (8.12 p.m.), Tsunami warning after earthquake in the Philippines triggered (6.12 p.m.)report: Kevin Spacey does not want to appear at a court date (2.47 PM)

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+++ 15.15 PM: Paris Prosecutor’s office determined against Ex-employees of Macron +++

launched by The Paris Prosecutor’s office preliminary investigation against an ousted employee of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, due to suspected embezzlement. The former security officer Macrons, Alexandre Benalla, to be traveled after his release in July in an unauthorized manner with two diplomatic passports abroad, said public Prosecutor Remy Heitz. French media reports indicate that Benalla was with the passports, most recently as a private consultant in Africa.

The preliminary investigation related to the information of the public Prosecutor’s office on the charges of improper using of an ID card. In addition, Benalla was suspected that he had during his recent business travel appears to continue to function as a high-ranking French civil servant.

Benalla had in July after an alleged beating attack on demonstrators in Paris on 1. May his Post is lost. According to the French Ministry of foreign Affairs, the authorities Macrons Ex-advisers should ask then to return the diplomatic identity cards. Benalla said that he had complied with this request. According to information from its environment, the passes were to him the beginning of October, however, re-issued

+++ 13.54 PM: Lavrov: Russia and Turkey agree the future of Syria-use of +++

After the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, Russia and Turkey want to vote their future use in the war-torn country. In the “new context” would coordinate the Russian and the Turkish army, “their actions continue,” said Russia’s foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after talks with a Turkish Delegation in Moscow. The objective is, “the terrorist threat in Syria to wipe out”.

+++ 11.46 PM: songwriter of the hits “Killing Me Softly” and “Girl From Ipanema” dies with 91 +++

Norman Gimbel, the lyricist of the world the hits “Killing Me Softly” and other famous Songs, is dead. He died on 19. December announced at the age of 91 in his home in California’s Montecito, as his son Tony Gimbel, and Broadcast Music Incorporated, the American society for the perception of copyright, it is only now. The Brooklyn-born Gimbel won together with the composer David Shire, an Oscar for best original song for “It Goes Like It Goes” by Jennifer Warnes in the Film “Norma Rae” in 1979. In 1973, he had won together with his long-time composer-employee Charles Fox for “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack the Grammy for best Song of the year. The Version of the song by the American Hip-Hop group The Fugees, was a success in the 90s, also a great. Another Hit Gimbel ended up with the English Text of the Brazilian Bossa-Nova Song “The Girl from Ipanema”. For this, he got a Grammy for record of the year in 1965. In 1984, Gimbel was accepted as a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

+++ 11.33 am: Australia leidert under record-breaking heat wave +++

With a record-breaking heat wave and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius steers Australia to the turn of the year. According to information from the Australian weather service, it should remain in the first three months of the new year, unusually hot. On average, the temperatures are, therefore, 10 to 14 degrees above normal for this time of year. The reason for the persistent heat, a high pressure system over the Tasman sea between Australia and new Zealand. The heat wave Down Under to take already since Christmas. The beaches are full, the air conditioners are running at full speed. In the middle and in the South of the country, some regions sweating for the fourth day in a row at about 44 degrees. In the Western part of the metropolis of Sydney, were measured on Saturday, 42 degrees. Anywhere in the country record values are reached or exceeded. In Tarcoola (Victoria) was there on Friday and 48.1 degrees.

+++ 10.23 PM: Ministry: 40 “terrorists” after attack on tourist bus in Egypt killed +++

After the attack on a tourist bus near the pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian police killed according to the government, 40 jihadists. The “terrorists” had been killed on Saturday morning during raids in Giza and to the North of the Sinai Peninsula, announced the interior Ministry in Cairo. The Suspects had planned a series of attacks on tourist targets, Christian institutions and security forces in Egypt.

+++ 10.02 PM: Israeli army flying air attack on a Hamas position in the Gaza strip +++

Israel has flown in the night to Saturday in an air strike on a position of the radical Islamic Hamas in the Gaza strip. A helicopter had attacked a “military position” of the Hamas in the South of the Palestinian territory, told the Israeli army. It was a retaliatory attack for a “fire” from the Gaza strip. Israeli media reports said a rocket had previously been to Israel fired. It was the first Time since the escalation of violence in November that a rocket from Gaza was fired at Israel. Hamas confirmed the air strike on your position. Injured it was not.

+++ 9.36 PM: a Canadian teacher in China-free +++

China released a detained canadian has released. The teacher, Sarah McIver had been released and after Canada returned to the government in Ottawa on Friday. The relations between Canada and China are tense because of the temporary arrest of a Chinese top Manager in Vancouver. For the case of the teacher, the “illegal” in China worked, but apparently there is no direct connection.

McIver was shortly after the former diplomat Michael Kovrig and living in China, North Korea expert Michael Spavor. The two Canadians are according to official information, is suspected to endanger the “national security” – in China is a euphemism for a suspicion of espionage

+++ 8.12 PM: Drunken pedestrians to driving in Berlin – five injured +++

according to police drunk driver crashed in Berlin-Wedding in several pedestrians. Five people were injured, a police spokesman said. The drivers arrived early Saturday morning from the roadway, raced to a Gehweg and knocked over several people. The identity of the injured and the driver, there was initially no information. The accident is said to have been drunk. Further Details could not call the police first.

+++ 6.12 PM: Tsunami warning after earthquake in the Philippines triggered +++

The South of the Philippines has been shaken on Saturday by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The U.S. Tsunami warning system triggered a Tsunami warning. Dangerous waves are on the coasts that are located within a radius of 300 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, it said in a notice. Unusually high waves of up to one metre above the normal tide are expected to 07.00 PM (CET). The warning covered the ten provinces and a city in the southern Region of Mindanao. People should stay away from the beach, it was called. People whose houses are close to the coast, go inland.

+++ 2.47 PM: report: Kevin Spacey does not want to appear at a court date +++

The American actor Kevin Spacey (59) a for the 7. January scheduled court hearing on allegations of sexual Assault. The “Boston Globe” reported on Friday, the lawyers of the former “House of Cards”Stars had asked the district court in Nantucket in the US state of Massachusetts to the appropriate permission. In the indictment, will he is accused of having an 18-Year-old in 2016, to have a Bar in Nantucket, drunk and indecent touching.

+++ 2.04 PM: in Front of Romania’s presidency of the EU: Juncker doubts Bucharest +++

Shortly before the Takeover of the EU presidency by Romania for the start of the year, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubt on the leadership of the government in Bucharest. The country is “technically good” on the six-month presidency, said Juncker of the “world on Sunday”. “I believe, however, that the government has understood, in Bucharest, in the full extent of what it means to preside over the EU countries. For a prudent Act, it also needs to be a willingness to listen to others and to the firm will, their own concerns aside. Since I have some doubts,” said the Commission chief.

+++ 1.57 PM: Four cult members in the U.S. arrested for child abduction +++

Four members of a Jewish sect from Guatemala have been arrested in the USA on suspicion of child abduction. As the public Prosecutor of Manhattan, announced on Friday, the four men suspected of kidnapping a 14-Year-old and her two years younger brother organized, after the mother of the children of the sect had turned his back, and with them in the United States was drawn.

The investigating authorities, both the woman and the four Suspects of the extremist Jewish sect Lev Tahor, an ultra-Orthodox Form of Judaism practiced. The woman, daughter of the founder, had left the sect, therefore, after her brother had taken the lead and the group was becoming increasingly extremist.

according to The investigation, the Suspects abducted a few days before Christmas, the two children of the woman from the village of Woodridge to the North from New York to Mexico. After the arrest of the men, the children were found with the assistance of the Mexican authorities unharmed. You will now be brought back to their mother in the United States. The four suspected kidnappers life in prison.

sos / AFP / DPA

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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