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Markets React To Fed, Rajoy Punched, Brazil v. WhatsApp

Markets React To Fed, Rajoy Punched, Brazil v. WhatsApp


European leaders are gathered in Brussels for a two-day meeting centered on the 28-nation bloc's ongoing migrant crisis. Politico reports that proposals will be debated to reinforce external borders, including the possible creation of a new EU law enforcement body that could be sent to respond to a crisis even if the country's authority refuse it. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has denounced the move, which he believes undermines national sovereignty. Also on the agenda in Brussels are the fight against terrorism, Brexit fears and possible new sanctions against Russia.


Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National party, has removed a photo of late journalist and ISIS hostage James Foley's beheaded body from her Twitter account, one day after she published it in response to a journalist who, according to her, had likened her party to ISIS. Foley's parents had criticized the publication yesterday, saying it was "shameful," France 24 reports. Other pictures of ISIS' atrocities however still appear on Le Pen's timeline and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has asked the police to investigate.


"When I look at the region and my country, I regret it all," Faida Hamdy, the Tunisian woman whose action "started the Arab Spring" five years ago today told The Daily Telegraph. Hamdy was responsible for confiscating a vegetable stall in a central Tunisian town, which prompted the produce vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi to set himself on fire. The martyr's death in turn sparked protests that eventually toppled President Ben Ali, before spreading to other North African and Middle Eastern countries. Looking at today's situation, she only sees "death everywhere and extremism blooming, and killing beautiful souls." "Sometimes, I blame myself and say it is all because of me," she told the newspaper.


Stock prices around the world rose after Wednesday's much anticipated decision from the Federal Reserve to end a seven-year policy of effectively "free-money" by increasing interest rates by 0.25%. The Financial Times' U.S. markets editor warns that the "hard part" may come now, as the financial crisis and quantitative easing policies that followed it have deeply changed the financial system.


The U.S. has delivered a new load of ammunition to a group of 5,000 Syrian rebels, ahead of a battle to recapture a strategic town where ISIS is believed to store much of its weaponry, Reuters reports.


Today's 57-second video unites a Tunisian martyr, a Filipino fighter and ... Homer (not the Greek author).


Chinese authorities have summoned U.S. envoy Kaye Lee amid reports that Washington is readying to send two warships and heavy weaponry to Taiwan as part of a $1.8 billion arms deal, AFP reports. This comes as tensions over the disputed South China Sea remain high.


Photo: Tang Ke/Xinhua/ZUMA

Heavy snowfall hit Yantai, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province.


Spanish center-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was left badly bruised after a 17-year old punched him in the face as he was taking part in an election event ahead of Sunday's general election. See the damage on the front page of Madrid daily ABC. According to El País, the young aggressor later told the police he was "very happy" with himself. Rajoy's party holds a narrow lead in the polls, and one in four voters are still undecided.


Brazilian authorities have ordered telecommunications companies to block access to instant messaging service WhatsApp for 48 hours starting at 12 am on Thursday, Folha de S. Paulo reports. According to the newspaper, the shutdown is a retaliatory move for the Facebook-owned company's refusal to release secret data of users that are part of a criminal investigation. But telecommunications companies had also been pressuring for new regulations against WhatsApp, which they say behaves much like a "pirate" network operator. Read more in English from TechCrunch.


For German daily Die Welt, Daniel-Dylan Böhmer and Clemens Wergin imagine what the Middle East would look like today, if Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein hadn't been ousted. Would the situation be any better? "Saddam would have been well past 70 years old when the Arab Spring was unleashed, as popular movements rose up and revolted against their autocratic rulers from North Africa to the Middle East. His sons were reckoned to be cruel and violent, but their political qualities doubtful. The regime, we can say, would have become extremely vulnerable during the revolts of 2011. ... Wilfried Buchta, an expert on the Middle East and Islam doubts that an extremist sect such as ISIS could have expanded under Saddam. That it has become this strong, is partly due to the dictator's downfall, partly to the policies of the American-led occupying forces."

Read the full article, Origins Of ISIS, Imagining If Saddam Was Still In Power.


Most cancers result from avoidable factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation, and are not just down to bad luck, a new study suggests.



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The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Western governments will not be oblivious to the growing right-wing activism among the diaspora and the efforts of the BJP and Narendra Modi's government to harness that energy for political support and stave off criticism of India.

The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Sept. 9

Sushil Aaron


NEW DELHICanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Narendra Modi’s exuberant post-G20 atmospherics to a halt by alleging in parliament that agents of the Indian government were involved in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian national, in June this year.

“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said. The Canadian foreign ministry subsequently expelled an Indian diplomat, who was identified as the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada. [On Thursday, India retaliated through its visa processing center in Canada, which suspended services until further notice over “operational reasons.”]

Trudeau’s announcement was immediately picked up by the international media and generated quite a ripple across social media. This is big because the Canadians have accused the Indian government – not any private vigilante group or organisation – of murder in a foreign land.

Trudeau and Canadian state services seem to have taken this as seriously as the UK did when the Russian émigré Alexander Litvinenko was killed, allegedly on orders of the Kremlin. It is extraordinarily rare for a Western democracy to expel a diplomat from another democracy on these grounds.

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