Russian President Vladimir Putin has used crude language in a furious new attack on Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian combat jet last month.
“The Turks”, he said, had “decided to lick the Americans in a certain place”.
He was giving his wide-ranging annual news conference.
Touching on next year’s US presidential election, the Russian leader called Donald Trump a “very colourful, talented person” and the “absolute frontrunner in the presidential race”.
Mr Putin is now into his third term as president since 2000, battling an economic crisis. Critics say civil liberties have been steadily eroded under his rule.
He remains one of the world’s most recognisable politicians, and has topped the list of The World’s Most Powerful People compiled by Forbes magazine for the third year running.
West told Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon that the latest, trillion dollar budget deal reflects the priorities of Republican and Democratic elites, but doesn’t reflect real conservatism.
“It is the definition of what the party elites are, the people in power are, but I don’t think it’s the definition of what a conservative is.”
She also argued that they are sending America down a path to socialism.“There has been this movement really for 80 years in our history, of socialization….in terms of introducing the tools and mechanisms and practices of socialism into our economy, into our thinking, into our culture” West said. “Even on the right side of the spectrum there is very little consciousness that theres anything else or that there ever was anything else. “
3. Friend of San Bernardino attacker to be charged (Informative to a point)
A local businesswoman is in a serious condition in hospital after she was hit over the head by police officer during the Geldermalsen riots on Wednesday evening, the Telegraaf reported. Saskia van Kessel, who is an estate agent, was on her way home when she was beaten and will be in hospital for up to three weeks, her lawyer told the paper. Van Kessel was at the town hall meeting as former chairwoman of the local entrepreneurs’ association. She opposes the decision to locate a refugee centre for 1,500 people on the edge of the town and is involved in managing property on the industrial estate where it will be situated.
(More, rioters were locals)
Trouble flared in Calais as lorry drivers came under attack from migrants in an “unprecedented” and “organised” disturbance, British officials said.
Truckers forced to slow on motorways near the cross-Channel port had their lorries attacked, with locks broken and roofs slashed as migrants tried to climb inside, witnesses said.
One said that French police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds but appeared to be “overwhelmed” by the large numbers of migrants.
Another described the crowds as looking like something from “the aftermath of a football match”, with many migrants carrying white flags or banners.
Hundreds of migrants and refugees are storming the roads near the Channel Tunnel in Calais, some ‘armed with iron bars and hammers,’ according to reports.
According to a vigilante group in the French port town, there have been clashes between riot police and migrants as dozens tried to storm the tunnel and climb into lorries in a bid to reach the UK.
Several videos uploaded by the group, calling themselves ‘Angry Calaisians’, shows dozens of people, mainly young men, runs across the roads.
(Video at the DM)
Storming: Dozens of migrants and refugees tried to storm the Eurotunnel and climb into lorries in a bid to reach the UK, clashing with riot police
The incidents have caused several traffic jams near the Channel Tunnel, with locals writing on social media that ‘a group of six or seven migrants are running around with iron bars, stones and hammers’ near a local supermarket.
(How is this not an invasion again?)
Some 800 to 1,000 migrants tried on Thursday to break into the Channel Tunnel near France’s port city Calais in a desperate bid to reach Britain, local officials said.
“We noted the presence of 800 to 1,000 migrants” near the tunnel, a local official told AFP, as a police source described the number seeking to cross the Channel as “unprecedented” for a single day.
“As they approached the tunnel, several migrants tried hard to slow down the flow of traffic so they could climb into the trucks,” the source said.
An Egyptian man pulled his two-year-old granddaughter from her mother’s arms while she was asleep and raped her, prompting the mother to kill her daughter to avert a scandal, newspapers in the Arab country reported on Thursday.
The 59-year-old grandfather, identified as Faraj, waited for his daughter Merfat, 23, to go to bed before pulling her daughter out of bed and raping her in his room at their house in the East-central town of Sohag.
(Islam at its Islamiest)
(Determined to not have to obey the laws of the countries they invade, hundreds of migrants chant no to being fingerprinted so that they can be registered as refugees and entered into the system)
ROME (Reuters) – Some 200 mostly Eritrean migrants protested against asylum rules on the island of Lampedusa on Thursday as the European Union steps up pressure on frontline countries to enforce the regulations.
A video posted on a Sicilian news site showed a group of men, women and children wearing jackets and winter hats marching along the island’s cactus-lined roads and chanting in front of city hall.
“We are human beings! No fingerprints! We want freedom! We want to move from the camps! Italia respect our rights!” they shouted in English. Some also carried signs in both English and Italian. One read: “We are refugees. No fingerprints”.
Humanitarian organization Arci in Sicily said some of the protesters had been on the island for more than a month, held there because they had refused to give their fingerprints as EU law requires. Some have also begun hunger strikes, it said.
A Montreal-area teen was found guilty of two terrorism-related charges on Thursday, becoming the first Canadian convicted of attempting to leave the country to participate in terrorism-related activities.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, was impassive as Youth court Judge Dominique Wilhelmy found him guilty of the offences.
He was facing two charges: committing a robbery in association with a terrorist organization and planning to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group abroad — namely the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“It is a first, it is a new infraction and it is the first conviction,” federal prosecutor Marie-Eve Moore told reporters. […] The defence argued that the boy, 15 at the time of the offence, was confused and only wanted to go to Syria to help fellow Muslims.
10. Turkey deploying 30 percent of army in Syrian border clampdown
Tank you M., Richard, Maria J., and all. More to come. Serious internet problems here. Hard to get work done and impossible to upload translated videos. Sorry. Working on it.