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the police of Baltimore buys residents 2000 weapons (10.15)Argentina 32 years after the abduction resurfaced (8.50 p.m.)Berlin: IS-flag in the vicinity of the damaged overhead line (16.50)media report the attack on the Libyan Ministry of foreign Affairs (10.30 am), the number of dead after Tsunami in Indonesia rises to 429 (7.45 PM)

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+++ 10.30 PM: Russia wants the cigarette banish +++

Russia wants to declare war on the cigarette the fight. By 2050, the number of smokers would drop to five per cent of the population, wrote the Russian media on Wednesday, citing a draft of the Ministry of health. 2016 would have seized 40 million Russians to the cigarette 40 percent of the population. The tobacco wants to reduce the government, therefore, through higher taxes. How expensive cigarettes are in future to be, was not told. Smoking in Russia is considerably cheaper than in Germany.

For several years, Smoking in Russian stadiums, schools, universities, hospitals, shops, Hotels, Restaurants, railway stations and playgrounds prohibited. If there are less Russians will resort to the cigarette, to fall, according to the health Ministry the cost for the treatment of sequelae, which are at the Moment. In addition, people could work more and would live longer, because they then lived to be healthier.

+++ 10.25 am: Two tourists in Italy to die of carbon monoxide poisoning +++

Two French tourists came in Northern Italy, in a mountain cabin are killed. In two rooms of the property in a secluded location in the valley Valle Maira, in the province of Cuneo carbon monoxide had been found, reported the news Agency Ansa on Tuesday. One of two wood-fired ovens was still in operation, as the fire and rescue arrived forces, and the two 57-Year-old dead found.

another incident with carbon monoxide in the vicinity of Milan, Where several young people were killed in the night of Monday to Tuesday poisoning, as they celebrated Christmas. They had alerted the emergency physician, as a member of the group was turned over, reported Ansa. First investigations showed that the chimney was not vented in the room properly.

+++ 10.15 PM: police of Baltimore buys residents 2000 weapons +++

The police in the violence-ridden US city of Baltimore has acquired a action almost 2000 weapons from residents – including a grenade launcher. Overall, the officials collected 1860 weapons, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. The police had offered $ 100 per Revolver, pistol or rifle, $ 200 for semi-automatic rifles and $ 500 for fully automatic rifles. In addition, anonymity was assured. With the three-day action, the police wanted to reduce the number of the circulation of illegal guns and the violent crime contain. In the 600.000-inhabitant city on the US East coast four years were murdered in a row, more than 300 people. For the gun buyback, the city provided $ 250,000.

The action is, however, controversial. The newspaper “Baltimore Sun” described it in a comment as a “big waste of time, money and resources”. Criminals would give up their weapons in this way. Police chief Gary Guttle argued in the paper, however, if weapons “do not exist at home, they can’t be used and not stolen”.

+++ 08.50 PM: Argentina 32 years after the kidnapping again. + + +

popped A 32 years ago kidnapped a woman from Argentina has been found in Bolivia. The 45-Year-old had become as a 13-Year-old victim of human trafficking, said the Argentine police on Tuesday. Was found now, in the course of joint investigations between Argentina and Bolivia.

In the past few months, a special unit of the Bolivian police have gathered at the request of the Argentine authorities, evidence that the woman was in the South-African Bermejo, it said. The Bolivian police finally, and freed the woman and their son. Together with her son, the woman connect back to her family in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata. For more Details about the kidnapping case, were not initially known.

+++ 7.40 PM: mount Etna eruption provides more quake – several injured +++

A series of quakes has rattled the residents around the volcano mount Etna in Sicily on Wednesday night. The most violent earthquake of the strength of 4.8 provided after the first media reports of damage to buildings in Catania. At least four people were injured by falling debris.

Since Monday morning, hundreds of lighter and sometimes stronger quakes shook the Region. By the Eruption of mount Etna have opened up on the volcano, a two-kilometre-long gap, from the Lava, said the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) on Tuesday. In the municipality of Zafferana Etnea, ashes rain down.

mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It always comes back to smaller and larger eruptions.

+++ 6.50 PM: men of Christmas by belly shot + injured++

A 41-Year-old in Bavaria has been hurt at Christmas by a bullet in the stomach hard. The shot should have been delivered according to the initial investigation of a well-Known. In a joint statement to the press by the police and the public Prosecutor’s office, the authorities would be a crime of passion. The police went in the night to Wednesday with a large contingent to Protect the alleged. He could still be armed.

emergency responders found the injured on Tuesday evening in front of the entrance of a multi-family house in Erlenbach am Main (district of Miltenberg). The ambulance service took the man to a hospital. His injuries according to the police, not life-threatening. According to witnesses, the two men will have before the fact in the stairwell of the building had a big fight. The background to the dispute were initially unclear.

+++ 5.10 PM: Japan announces withdrawal from the International whaling Commission +++

Japan wants to pull out of the International whaling Commission (IWC) commercial whaling to resume. The government spokesman Yoshihide Suga announced. Japan failed in September in the IWC with a request for a return to commercial whaling.

+++ 4.23 PM: drone stops use of fire-fighting aircraft in Australia +++

A drone has been taken care of on Wednesday for the demolition of the use of fire-fighting aircraft in Australia. Seven aircraft and helicopters had a Bush fire on Bruny Island in the case of Hobart in Tasmania, fought, as on the job site, a drone has been spotted, reported ABC. All flights were immediately stopped. The firefighters on the ground, it was still possible for the flames to contain. The police have been cited with the indication that the use of drones during the Bush fires was in breach of aviation safety laws. If someone has been arrested, police said.

+++ 2.35 PM: IS claims deadly attack on Libyan Ministry of foreign Affairs for the +++

The jihadists militia Islamic state (IS) has claimed the deadly attack on the Libyan foreign Ministry in Tripoli. The Monitoring of Islamist websites specialized US Institute Site reported on Tuesday. Previously a representative of the Libyan security forces had made the IS-militia responsible for the attack, in which at least three people were killed and 21 more were injured.

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+++ 20.50 PM: Another child from Guatemala, dies in US custody +++

Within a month, died a second child from Guatemala after his arrest by U.S. border authorities. The eight-year-old Boy had died in the night to Tuesday in Alamogordo in the U.S. state of New Mexico, informed the U.S. customs and border protection on Tuesday. The cause of death was not yet known. The case was being investigated, the authorities in Guatemala to be informed. The child had been brought on Monday in a hospital after signs of illness were noticed, it said. First, it is assumed to be a cold and had to get rid of the child again. On Monday evening, the Boy had been admitted to the hospital again, because I have worsened his condition. Shortly after midnight, he died.

+++ 20.05 PM: Bosnian Serb Republic: leaders of protest movement arrested +++

The police of the Republika Srpska (Serbian Republic) in Bosnia-Herzegovina has taken the leader of a protest movement against the local government. Prior to that, Dragicevic was arrested on Tuesday in Banja Luka in custody, alleged offences in connection with public safety, educate, police said. The 21-year-old son of the arrested, David Dragicevic, was on 24. March of this year, was found murdered. His father was convinced from the beginning that the security apparatus of the Republika Srpska was responsible for his death. In consequence of the protest movement “justice for David”, calling for a clarification of the fact, was formed. The government in Banja Luka denied always the charges that state Agencies would be behind it.

+++ 18.30: 40 migrants in the English channel +++

rescued a Total of 40 migrants in five boats have been rescued on Christmas day in the English channel between Britain and France. Including several children. The Rescued were in spite of stormy winter weather, in rough seas, on the very busy shipping route. The English channel between Calais and Dover is about 40 kilometres wide. The migrants were discovered in the night or the early hours of the morning, among other things, in inflatable boats. All were provided with medical treatment. According to the interior Ministry in London, said to originate from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.

+++ 17.21 PM: German snowboarder killed in an accident came in Austria, fatal +++

A 33-year-old snowboarder from Bavaria in the Austrian Obergurgl killed. The woman solved according to the Alpine police on a Tour with your brother in a non-secure site of around 2500 meters, a 400-Meter-wide snow Board above the sea level. While the brother was able to drive to the side out of the danger zone, and was buried the 33-Year-old. The forces were able to recover after about 35 minutes in a half a Meter deep, only dead. In the field cases, prevailed after heavy Snow considerable avalanche danger.

+++ 17 o’clock: a politician-married couple, dies in helicopter crash +++

two well-known politicians in the country have come In a helicopter crash in Mexico killed. His thoughts were Valle with the family of the Governor of the state of Puebla, Martha Érika Alonso, and her husband, Senator Rafael Moreno, wrote to the President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday evening (local time) on Twitter. He’ll take over the obligation to investigate the background to the crash, said the left politician. The helicopter had crashed, according to the newspaper “Milenio” in the municipality of Coronango in the state of Puebla. In addition to the couple, the Pilot and Co-Pilot of the helicopter, as well as an assistant of a Senator is killed. Alonso had only taken over in mid-December, the office of the Governor. Her husband held the office until January 2017. Both belonged to the conservative PAN party.

+++ 16.50 PM: Berlin: IS-flag in the vicinity of a damaged overhead line +++

In a Regio – and debit-path in Berlin-Karlshorst, the police to damage to a railway overhead contact line to ensure an IS flag as well as documents in Arabic language. Is determined, the extent to which the secured objects are associated with the damage to the overhead line in connection, police said on Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, the police had investigated the claims to the area on the route in the direction of Frankfurt (Oder). There is a cracked retaining cable and a damaged power cable had been discovered on Sunday. According to police, the new tracks have been sought and secured.


In Berlin-Karlshorst was in the vicinity of a damaged cable a IS-flag

©Fabian Fuchs, DPA,

First of all, the “B. reported, for example,” (online), in the vicinity of the damaged overhead line approximately 60 leaflets were found, with Arabic characters, and an ISIS flag. discovered Also a litter of anchor should be found accordingly. The state protection is presumed to be a political Background, the police announced on Monday. There is a suspicion of dangerous interference in rail transport.

+++ 16.15: yellow West also demonstrate to the holidays, more +++

Despite a decline in the “yellow West”-protests in France before Christmas, dozens of protesters from the movement have also been on holidays on the roads throughout the country persevered. “The more he is crushing us, the more people will be here, all the more United with each other,” said the protester, Christophe Damiens, with other Protesters at a roundabout in the Northern French city of Somain gathered, with a view to the President of Emmanuel Macron. “What brings us all together, is to fight that we are tired of it,” said the 38-year-old Alexandre, who, along with his wife and children at the protest action in Somain part.

+++ 14.45 PM: Prince Philip is missing m Christmas service with the Royals +++

The 97-year-old Prince Philip and Duchess Camilla have been missing on Tuesday at the Christmas service of the Royals in the English Sandringham. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II. (92) but according to information from the German press Agency. He wanted to spend the day, therefore, only in private with the family. The 71-year-old Camilla, wife of the heir to the throne, Charles, is always a cold still hard as a spokesman for their official residence, Clarence House said. She had to cancel, therefore, in the last few days already some dates.

+++ 12.30 PM: Christmas message of the Pope: diversity is wealth, no danger +++

Pope Francis has emphasized in his Christmas message on the importance of coexistence between people of different Nations, cultures and religions. “Our diversity does not harm us, ( … ), it does not mean danger; rather, it is a wealth,” said the Pontiff from the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica before Thousands of faithful in St Peter’s square.

The universal message of Christmas is that “we are all brothers and sisters”. “Without the Fraternity, which has given Jesus to us, to keep all of our efforts to achieve a fairer world in a short breath, and even the best of projects are likely to become soulless structures.”

In his Christmas message to the Catholics of upper expressed the hope for dialogue and peace between Israelis and Palestinians, a political solution in Syria and ceasefire in Yemen. Francis also addressed the conflicts between North and South Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua and the Ukraine. Then, the Pope donated the traditional “Urbi et Orbi”blessing.

+++ 12.05 PM: Abducted Bus stop in China in the pedestrian group – Five Dead +++

In the East of China, a hijacked Bus into a group of pedestrians raced. At least five people were killed and 21 more were injured, reported the state media. A with a knife-armed suspect has been arrested.

+++ 10.30 PM: eye-witnesses and the media reported attack on Libyan Ministry of foreign Affairs +++

Armed attackers have eye-witnesses and the media charged according to reports, on Tuesday, the Libyan foreign Ministry in Tripoli. The official television station in the Libyan unity government, reported, citing circles of the Foreign and interior ministries of several “terrorist attackers”. There was gunfire and at least an Explosion, the building eyes rose according to witnesses, smoke.

Since the fall of longtime Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, the Chaos in the North African country. The internationally-recognized government is weak and has large parts of the country under control.

+++ 7.45 PM: number of dead after Tsunami in Indonesia rises to 429 +++

The number of dead in the Tsunami disaster in Indonesia has risen to 429. Almost 1500 people had been injured, 154 were missing, authorities said on Tuesday. The Tsunami was broken on Saturday evening after a volcanic eruption without warning on coastal areas and tourist beaches on the Strait of Sunda. The tidal waves met in the South of Sumatra and in West Java in the country. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed.

Indonesia is frequently struck by catastrophic Tsunami waves home. These are usually caused by earthquakes under the sea floor. That they are triggered by volcanic eruptions, and landslides, is rather rare. Experts warned of further Tsunamis, as long as the current activity of the volcano stopping. Because this could lead to further landslides under the water.

+++ 5.17 PM: number of dead after attack in Kabul on 43 +++

rose After the attack on a government building in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the number of dead has risen to 43. Ten more people were injured, said a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of health on Tuesday. The attacker had attacked on Monday in Kabul, a site on which, among other things, a Ministry is located.

+++ 4.53 PM: German injured in cable car accident in Bogota – a Total of 25 injured +++

In a cable car accident in the Colombian capital Bogotá have been injured 25 people, including three German. According to the fire information a “brake apparently led error”, a gondola crashed at the mountain Cerro de Monserrate against a ramp, and a gondola. Among the 25 injured, 14 are foreigners. Were affected, among others, three German, and five U.S. citizens, three Brazilians, two Belgians and a Briton. The 3152 meters high Cerro de Monserrate is a popular tourism destination in Bogotá, and in particular in the Christmas season. In the past year, more than 2.6 million visitors came.

+++ 2.23 PM: In Turkey, imprisoned Austrians – from the cell to the police +++

A more than three months ago in Turkey arrested Austrian was released on Christmas eve, from the prison, and the same to the nearest police station. The 29-Year-old had to spend the night, as it documents with the official ban to only can be issued on Tuesday. The Austrian Agency APA reported on Tuesday night, citing foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Guschelbauer. Only then the man should come free.

A court in Ankara ordered on Monday the dismissal of the young man, as his lawyer, the German press confirmed Agency. However, he is not allowed to leave and had to report every week to the police. His client had to answer to allegations of membership of a terrorist organisation in court. Process kick-off was at 11. April.

+++ 1.40 PM: the man is in front of the White house, the pants down +++

a Political gesture or simply a crude joke? In front of the White house in Washington a man has dropped his pants down – and is promptly arrested. The man and four companions went in the night on Sunday photos in front of the headquarters of the US President, Donald Trump, the police announced now. Suddenly, the man turned to the White house, pulled his pants and under pants down and “part exposing his sex”. The man was arrested for exhibitionism. Information on his possible motive, the police are not made. It is highly unlikely that Trump of the incident, noticed anything. The President has, however, postponed due to the budget dispute his planned holiday trip to Florida, and is currently in Washington.

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+++ 18.58 PM: 30 killed in attack in Afghan capital Kabul +++

In an attack on government buildings in the Afghan capital, Kabul, at least 26 Zivilisten and a policeman have been killed. Three attackers had also been killed, said the interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. Another 16 civilians and a police officer were wounded.

in Front of the Ministry of public works, was detonated on Monday afternoon (local time) a car bomb. After that, an unknown number of attackers to three stormed to the information Rahimis’ nearby government buildings. Of these, the attacker fired at other government buildings in the area.

in the Meantime had secured two of the three attacked buildings, said Rahimi. Whether there are still hostages in the third building are unclear. The area to the East of Kabul was sealed off in opposite directions.

+++ 17.42 PM: mount Etna volcano in Sicily again. + + +

In Sicily erupted, the volcano mount Etna has erupted again. A dark cloud of ash came from the volcano. At the airport of Catania it came to some disabilities, said the airport is on Twitter. Because of the activity of the volcano it had come since Monday morning to a swarm of quakes, said the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). In three hours, 130 shocks had been registered. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It always comes back to smaller and larger eruptions.

+++ 17.02 PM: suspect in the case, Peggy free again +++

In the case of the murder of Peggy of the suspects, is free again. As prosecutors and police said, has repealed the district court of Bayreuth, the two weeks ago against the 41-Year-old adopted pursuant to a warrant. The man was released from custody.

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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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