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Paris Fugitive, Merkel On Sex Attacks, "Beaming" Snowden

POLICE FIND PRINTS OF PARIS ATTACKS FUGITIVE

Belgian police have found a fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam, the fugitive jihadist who participated in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, in a Brussels apartment, where the suicide belts worn by some of the terrorists were made, Le Soir reports. The discoveries were made almost a month ago, but police haven't said why the information is being released only now, AFP reports. Police also found three suicide vests and traces of explosives. Belgian prosecutors said they believed Abdeslam used the apartment as a hideout in the days after the attacks, which killed 130 people.


GERMAN IN CRISIS OVER MIGRANT SEX ATTACKERS

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German leaders are considering deporting any migrants who are found guilty of sexually assaulting, harassing and robbing at least 100 women outside Cologne's central train station on New Year's Eve, events that shocked the nation and that commentators say have broken any taboo of criticizing migrant policy. "What happened on New Year's Eve is completely unacceptable," Deutsche Welle quotes Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying. "These are abominable, criminal acts … which Germany will not tolerate." Some 1,000 men of North African and Arab origins were apparently involved in the Cologne events, and reports are surfacing about New Year's Eve attacks in Hamburg, Stuttgart and southern Germany, as well as in Switzerland, Finland, and Austria, Der Spiegel reports.

  • Newspaper Die Welt, meanwhile, denied claims that the attackers were unknown, publishing an investigation showing that the police had identified dozens of migrants, most of whom had arrived in Germany last year with 1.1 million other refugees. Some suspects in the violence claimed to be Syrian, with one quoted as telling the police, "I'm Syrian, you have to treat me nicely. Frau Merkel invited me."
  • For more on this topic, read this Süddeutsche Zeitung op-ed on the crisis, Mass Assaults On German Women, A Class of Cultures Exposed.

38.6°F

The last month of December was the warmest on record in the United States, with an average temperature of 38.6°Fahrenheit (3.7°C), almost an entire degree more than the previous record registered in 1939. The temperatures contributed to making 2015 as a whole the nation's second-warmest year on record, behind 2012.


AUSTRALIA BUSHFIRE DESTROYS HOMES

A massive bushfire raging in a Western Australian town has destroyed at least 95 homes, and difficult weather conditions are hampering the firefighters' work, ABC reports. Local authorities have declared a state of emergency, as the fire continues to move south.


MY GRAND-PÈRE'S WORLD



SNOWDEN "BEAMED" TO THE U.S.

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden made a virtual appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas using a Beam, a screen-on-wheels robot that he said carried a subversive potential. "The FBI can't arrest a robot," said Snowden, who faces arrest in the U.S. "The U.S. government basically cancelled my passport, but I'm sitting here in Las Vegas with you guys at CES."


VERBATIM

"Everything started because of Blatter, who wanted my head, who did not want me to go to FIFA," French soccer legend Michel Platini told L'Équipe in an exclusive interview during which he announced he was pulling out of the race to become the next FIFA president. "He said often that I would be his final scalp, but he fell at the same time as me," Platini, the suspended chief of Union of European Football Associations, said of rival Sepp Blatter. FIFA's ethics committee banned both men for eight years over a $2 million payment made by Blatter to Platini in 2011.


WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO

Czech President Milos Zeman, Donald Trump and other over-the-top personalities may not offer any practical solutions to societal problems, but they do have a function in an increasingly uniform political arena, Dirk Schümer argues in German daily Die Welt. "A worldwide phenomenon is taking place, where louts and eccentrics are mixing up the political arena. How dull would the dragging pre-election campaign in the United States be without Donald Trump? It is not only interesting for media professionals but also for the bored Internet community when a potential candidate for the highest office in the country insults the Latino minority as he pleases, kicks out an unpopular journalist and seemingly says whatever comes to mind."

Read the full article, Donald Trump Is A Big Jerk — And Good For Democracy.


APPLE BUYS FACIAL RECOGNITION STARTUP

Apple has acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup that has developed technology capable of reading facial emotions, The Wall Street Journal reports. It's not clear yet what the computing giant's intentions are, though the newspaper believes it's an important acquisition in the artificial intelligence battle between Apple, Google and Facebook.


ON THIS DAY


"Everybody wants to meet the new girl in town." Guess what famous piece of art touched U.S. soil for the first time on this day in 1963. That and more in your 57-second shot of history.


SCIENTISTS SAY IT'S THE ANTHROPOCENE ERA

We've entered a new geological age that will see human activity leave marks on sediments and rocks, according to an international group of scientists. Some believe the "Anthropocene" era started in the 1950s, ending the 12,000-year Holocene epoch.


DEADLY DEODORANT

A 16-year-old British teenager has accidentally died from inhaling the gas of aerosol deodorant. According to the young man's mother, "He would not take showers but would stand there with a deodorant and spray half the can on him," Metro UK reports.

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Abenomics Revisited: Why Japan Hasn't Attacked The Wealth Divide

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised to tackle wealth inequality and help struggling workers. But a year after he came to power, financial traders are once again the winners.

Japanese workers will still have to wait for the distribution of wealth promised by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Yann Rousseau

-Analysis-

TOKYO — Panic on the Nikkei, the Japanese stock market. Almost a year ago, at the end of September 2021, traders went into a panic in Tokyo. On Sept. 29, Fumio Kishida had just won the general election for the country's main conservative party, the Liberal Democratic Party. He was about to be named Prime Minister, succeeding Yoshide Suga, who'd grown too unpopular in the polls.

Kishida had won through a rather original reform program, which was in stark contrast with years of conservative pro-market politics. In his speeches, he had promised to generate a “new capitalism”. A phrase that makes investors shudder.

While he did not completely renounce his predecessors’ strategy called “Abenomics” — named after free-market stalwart Shinzo Abe, who was killed last July — Kishida declared that the government needed to tackle the issue of the redistribution of wealth in the island nation.

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