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May Day Aftermath, Deadly Indian Fires, Bitcoin Founder Revealed

MAY DAY PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT

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While the United States reserves Labor Day for early September, the rest of the world marks International Workers' Day on May 1, which was actually originally established in the U.S. to mark the 1886 Haymarket affair. Take it as a sign that the world is growing both smaller and less happy that violent May Day clashes across several countries also included the United States this year. In Seattle, anti-capitalist protesters clashed yesterday with the police, with five officers wounded and nine arrests, The Seattle Times reports. Reports of violence popped us elsewhere:

  • In Paris, the police fired tear gas on a small group of protesters who broke away from a 17,000-strong demonstration against a controversial labor reform and hurdled bottles on security forces. According to Le Figaro, 18 people were arrested across France, including 10 in Paris. Later in the evening, clashes erupted on the capital's Place de la République, where young opponents to the labor reform have been gathering at night to protest.
  • In Turkey, 207 people were arrested, including some allegedly carrying Molotov cocktails and hand grenades, after they tried to breach a ban on accessing the symbolic Taksim Square in Istanbul. A 57-year-old man died after he was run over by a police water truck. Also on May Day, in the country's southeastern parts, five soldiers and two police officers were killed in separate attacks, Hürriyet reports.
  • At least one country is left that still boasts to be working first and foremost in the interest of workers: Cuba. See how the official Communist Party daily Granma marked the day in our Extra! feature.

KERRY: NEW SYRIA CEASEFIRE CLOSE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Geneva that ongoing talks with allies and Russia are "getting closer to a place of understanding" on renewing a U.S.-Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria, Reuters reports. The Syrian government introduced on Friday a temporary "regime of calm" around Damascus and Latakia after fighting resumed last week. Kerry is however pushing for Aleppo, which has witnessed most of the latest violence, to be included in a potential ceasefire.


SHIA TARGETED

ISIS has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks in Iraq's Shia southern city of Samawa yesterday, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens more. This came after another attack against Shia Muslim pilgrims in Baghdad on Saturday, when a suicide car bomb killed 19 people. According to the UN, 741 Iraqis were killed and 1,374 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in April alone.


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VERBATIM

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country," Republican front-runner Donald Trump told a rally in Indiana, ahead of a crucial winner-take-all primary tomorrow. The real estate mogul has repeatedly lamented the U.S.' trade deficit with China, as well as use language that is particularly offensive to women. According to the latest polls, Trump holds a 15%-lead over his rival Ted Cruz in Indiana.


MALIA OBAMA HEADS TO HARVARD (BUT FIRST...)

The eldest daughter of Barack and Michelle Obama has settled on what university she will attend: Harvard — where both her parents went to law school. But Malia Obama will first opt for a so-called "gap year," doing something else before entering in the fall of 2017. Read more in Slate.


TTIP LEAKS

Greenpeace has leaked 240 pages of secret documents from U.S.-EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that reveal "irreconcilable" differences between American and European negotiators. Washington is said to be pressuring the European Union into quickly signing the free trade deal, which President Barack Obama promoted during his visit to Germany last week. Among the many revelations, the U.S. allegedly threatened to block easier European car exports if the EU doesn't open up its agricultural policy and drop its so-called precautionary principle.


— MY GRAND-PERE'S WORLD

Every Amazonian Vote Counts — Belém, 1992


NORTHERN INDIA HIT BY DEADLY BLAZES

Thousands of people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand are currently battling against massive and multiple forest fires that have already destroyed close to 3,000 acres of forest and killed seven people since the first blazes started, in February, India Today reports. Meanwhile, in the eastern part of the country, temperatures have soared so high that daytime cooking has been banned to avoid accidental fires, which have already killed at least 79 people.


6,050 DAYS

The bodies of American climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges have been found in Tibet, more than 16 years after they disappeared under a Himalayan avalanche in 1999. Lowe, who was considered to be the world's greatest climber, and his cameraman were climbing the 26,291-foot Shishapangma mountain in Tibet.


— WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

A new book making waves in France by the writer-provocateur Pascal Bruckner takes on the French relationship with wealth. The Paris-based business daily Les Echos delves in: "Our ‘money taboo' has harmful side-effects. French egalitarianism not only targets income and property gaps, it also extends to entrepreneurial and professional success, and even education: Academic success in France, Bruckner says, is a form of insider trading, because it is entirely determined by the position of a person's parents on the social scale. This blanket denunciation of generalized egalitarianism is admittedly overblown, but it's also frequently on the mark. The increasingly negative connotation of the word ‘elite' is a case in point."

Read the full article, France Has A Problem With Money And Wealth.


BITCOIN FOUNDER REVEALED

The founder of digital currency Bitcoin has finally revealed his true identity, ending years of speculation. Meet Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur worth one million Bitcoins, or $450 million.


CIA "LIVE" TWEETS BIN LADEN RAID

The CIA decided to tweet the raid that eventually killed Osama Bin Laden as if it was happening live, to mark Operation Neptune Spear's fifth anniversary. Judging by the reaction on social media, the PR stunt wasn't to everybody's taste.


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THE HUNT FOR THE LOST IPAD

An investment banker's hunt for his lost iPad last month had his followers hooked. The New York Times tells you all about it.

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Europe's Winter Energy Crisis Has Already Begun

in the face of Russia's stranglehold over supplies, the European Commission has proposed support packages and price caps. But across Europe, fears about the cost of living are spreading – and with it, doubts about support for Ukraine.

Protesters on Thursday in the German state of Thuringia carried Russian flags and signs: 'First our country! Life must be affordable.'

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In her State of the Union address on September 14, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, issued an urgent appeal for solidarity between EU member states in tackling the energy crisis, and towards Ukraine. Von der Leyen need only look out her window to see that tensions are growing in capital cities across Europe due to the sharp rise in energy prices.

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In the Czech Republic, people are already taking to the streets, while opposition politicians elsewhere are looking to score points — and some countries' support for Ukraine may start to buckle.

With winter approaching, Europe is facing a true test of both its mettle, and imagination.

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