Google whistleblower suggests his wife’s fatal car crash may not have been accidental

Google whistleblower Dr. Robert Epstein has suggested that his wife’s fatal car crash may not have been accidental.

Last month, Misti Dawn Vaughn’s Ford Ranger spun out of control on a slippery road in California and veered into the path of a tractor trailer. She died from her injuries days later.

Police concluded that drugs or alcohol were not factors in the crash.

In a tweet posted last night, Epstein appeared to suggest that the crash was not accidental and Vaughn’s vehicle could have been tampered with.

“Last year, after I briefed a group of state AGs about #Google’s power to rig elections, one of them said, “I think you’re going to die in an accident in a few months,” wrote Epstein.




'Occupy Fremont' protest blocking streets in downtown Las Vegas

The Occupy Fremont protest is happening now in downtown Las Vegas. 

The protest has closed traffic on Casino Center between Carson Avenue and Ogden. The march started at Las Vegas City Hall.

Protesters say they chose Martin Luther King Jr. Day for their protest because they feel the rights of homeless people are being trampled on.

Several homeless advocates believe two recent laws are blatantly anti-homeless.

The protesters say they will be committing acts of civil disobedience to show their displeasure of the new laws.




Trump Legal Team: Impeachment Articles ‘Constitutionally Invalid’

President Donald Trump’s legal team argued Saturday that the impeachment articles sent to the Senate by House Democrats are “constitutionally invalid” and should be rejected.

The letter was authored and filed by Trump’s attorneys Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone in response to the Senate summons for the impeachment trial.

“The articles of impeachment are constitutionally invalid on their face,” the response read. “They fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever let alone ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ as required by the Constitution.”

The legal team released its blistering six-page response to the summons on Saturday evening.

“The articles of impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution of the United States, our democrat institutions, and the American people,” the letter read.




Berlin: Transwoman Gets Into Brawl After Assaulting Hijab-Wearing Woman

A video showing a transwoman attacking a woman wearing a hijab in Berlin has gone viral with claims that the attacker also comes from a migrant background.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube on January 11th and entitled “Culture Fight in Berlin -Transwoman against Arab”, is said to have originally been posted to social media platform Twitter under the hashtag “Kopftuch” — German for headscarf — according to the user who uploaded the video.

The video shows the transwoman shouting in a language that is not German and attempting to rip off the hijab of a Muslim woman walking away from them.

The transwoman is then confronted by a group of young men and they begin to brawl on the street. In a second clip, labelled “movie 2”, the transwoman berates a man inside a hair salon from the outside before eventually walking off.




The Real Reason Warren Refused to Shake Bernie’s Hand

The media is missing the real reason Elizabeth Warren refused to shake Bernie Sanders’ hand after last night’s Democratic debate.

Following the conclusion of the event, Sanders went to shake Warren’s hand, but she clenched her fist and engaged in a terse conversation with the socialist Senator. Bernie then pointed at Warren and held his hands up.

Earlier in the debate, Sanders was asked about Warren’s claim that he told her in 2018 that a woman could never win the presidency.

Despite Sanders denying the accusation and referencing decades old footage where he had said the opposite, the CNN host immediately asked Sanders, “What did you think when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election?”

Warren then played the identity politics card by asserting that the only people on the stage who had not lost elections were the women.




Italy: Post-Salvini Left Govt Ups Migrant Allowance, 1,500 Sail from Libya in Four Days

In just four days, 22 boats containing around 1,500 migrants have launched from the Libyan mainland toward Italy, as the leftist coalition increases the daily allowance for them.

The figures come from the NGO group Alarmphone who monitor migrant distress calls in the Mediterranean.

Alarmphone reported that of the 1,500 migrants, 237 of them have been picked up by NGO vessels belonging to the migrant transport NGOs Sea-Watch and Open Arms.

Another 97 have reached Italy alone, according to Il Giornale.

Alarmphone has warned that due to the escalating tensions in Libya they expect more migrants will attempt to leave the country, echoing statements from UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) mission head Jean-Paul Cavalieri that there were over 200,000 internally displaced persons as a result of the conflict there.




Queen’s Statement Gives Blessing to Harry and Meghan’s ‘New Life’ – But Omits Their Titles

The Queen has issued a statement following the royal summit on the future of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, indicating that the troublesome couple are getting their way on their “new life”.

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the statement begins.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she continued, in reference to the couple’s announcement — reportedly issued without giving the 93-year-old monarch or other senior royals any real notice — that they would be abandoning much of their public duties in order to pursue money-making ventures.

“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” the Queen said.




France 2019 Saw Record 1,457 Cars Burned on New Year’s Eve

France saw 1,457 vehicles set on fire across New Year’s Eve, surpassing the previous record of 1,290 vehicles torched across the country in the previous year, according to figures seen by French radio broadcaster Europe 1.

The figures show a 13 per cent rise in the number of car burnings from 2018, with French police allegedly attempting to keep the number of burned cars under secrecy so as not to “create an escalation”, Europe 1 reports.

French authorities have gone on record claiming that the burnings over the New Year period in 2019 were substantially less serious than the previous year and said that the number of violent incidents towards police had also decreased compared to those that occurred in 2018.

In previous years, the French authorities also remained largely silent on the official car burning figures, and when figures were reported, such as in 2017, the Interior Ministry only counted cars that were directly set on fire and not those that had received damage as a result of fires.




Trudeau confirms plane shot down by Iran

Trudeau confirms plane shot down by Iran

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed media in Ottawa today, following the announcement by US intelligence and the Pentagon that the Ukrainian flight which saw 63 Canadians dead among 176 total was shot down by a Russian-made Iranian anti-aircraft missile.

Trudeau, who made his second public appearance of the year, sincerely addressed media, extending his “most sincere condolences to the families and loved ones, who are grieving.”

“We have intelligence from multiple sources including our allies and our own intelligence, the evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface to air missile,” confirmed Trudeau.

“This may well have been unintentional. This new information reinforces the need for a thorough investigation into this matter. 




EU Makes Threats as Boris to Tell Eurocrat UK Ready to Walk Away Without Deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell the president of the European Commission that he is ready to walk away from the EU without a trade deal at the end of the transition period.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU’s powerful executive arm, is in the UK for talks with the prime minister on Wednesday. 

A Downing Street spokesman told The Times: “He will tell President Von der Leyen that, having waited for over three years to get Brexit done, both British and EU citizens rightly expect negotiations on an ambitious free trade agreement to conclude on time.”

Prime Minister Johnson is also expected to tell Mrs von der Leyen that he will not sign a deal that would force the UK to agree to abide by EU regulations, with a Downing Street spokesman saying he “will likely underline that the upcoming negotiations will be based on an ambitious FTA [free trade agreement], not on alignment”.

The remarks come as the outgoing governor of the Bank of England said that Brexit Britain should not follow Brussels on financial regulations.




‘The Charlie Hebdo spirit has completely disappeared’

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdoexternal link survived the attack that decimated its editorial office in Paris on January 7, 2015.

But the “Charlie spirit” is dead, says Swiss press cartoonist Thierry Barrigue with the bitter observation that “Fear has triumphed”.

In the aftermath of the carnage that killed 12 members of the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo – as well as five others – the expression “I am Charlie” became a motto to defend freedom of expression.

But this moment of ephemeral communion quickly passed, strangled by the dictates of the internet and the difficulties of the press.

Thierry Barrigue, the founder of Vigousseexternal link, a satirical weekly in French-speaking Switzerland, is worried about the future of press cartoons.





French Police Shoot ‘Allahu Akbar’ Knifeman

French police shot a knifeman in the leg on Sunday, one of three police shootings in response to allegedly “Allahu Akbar” shouting knifemen in Europe in three days.

Officers were called to the scene after a man was seen walking out of a shop carrying a knife in the north-eastern French town of Metz on Sunday afternoon.

The responding officers were threatened by the suspect when they arrived and attempted to attack with a knife, which the French prosecutor is investigating as attempted murder.

The suspect was fired upon and injured, being transferred to a hospital in police custody. His injuries are reportedly not life-threatening.

French newspaper Le Figaro reports the alleged attacker cried “Allahu Akbar” [Allah/God is greater] during the incident, and that he had an entry in the so-called ‘S’ file — the French government’s database of known extremists.




A Chinese “tourist” accused of espionage is the latest example of a growing threat to US security

A Chinese “tourist” accused of espionage is the latest example of a growing threat to US security

On June 28, 2019, Qingshan Li landed in Southern California on a flight from China. Li, a Chinese national visiting the US on a tourist visa, was scheduled to return home 10 days later.

The day after he arrived, Li drove his rental car to a storage facility in the San Diego area. There, he met up with an unidentified person named in court filings only as “AB,” from whom Li had arranged to purchase several pieces of sensitive military gear.

Li’s case, which has not been previously reported and is described in a federal charging document obtained by Quartz, is among the most recent incidents of Chinese civilians accused of spying on behalf of Beijing.

While Li was apprehended by authorities, he represents the immediate—and increasing—threat China poses to US national security, say experts.




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Austria: Sebastian Kurz Announces Coalition Deal with Green Party

Leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) Sebastian Kurz has announced a coalition agreement with the Green Party that will see several green policies but no changes to migration policy.

Mr Kurz, along with Green Party leader Werner Kogler presented their new government programme at a joint press conference on Thursday, with Kurz claiming the new government would be “the best of both worlds” and that its priorities would be tax reform and fighting illegal immigration, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The ÖVP leader added that both parties had also agreed to ban the Islamic headscarf for children under the age of 14 and would be expanding programmes to teach new migrants the German language and put more emphasis on getting asylum seekers into the labour force.

Kurz has been critical of migration policies within the European Union since forming the previous government with the populist Freedom Party.




Hong Kong to end year with multiple protests, kick off 2020 with big march

Hong Kong to end year with multiple protests, kick off 2020 with big march.

Hong Kong will end 2019 with multiple protests planned for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day aimed at disrupting festivities and shopping in the Asian financial hub, which has seen a rise in clashes between police and protesters since Christmas.

Events dubbed “Suck the Eve” and “Shop With You” are set for New Year’s Eve on Tuesday in areas including the party district of Lan Kwai Fong, the picturesque Victoria Harbour, and popular shopping malls, according to notices on social media.

A pro-democracy march on Jan. 1 has been given police permission and will start from a large park in bustling Causeway Bay and end in the central business district.

Organizers Civil Human Rights Front were behind the peaceful million-plus marches in June and held a mass protest earlier in December, which they said around 800,000 people attended.




India’s Capital Delhi Suffers ‘Coldest December Since 1901’

India’s capital city has recorded its coldest December in over a century, with its lowest average temperatures since 1901, Firstpost reported Saturday.

“The mean maximum temperature for December was less than 20 degrees Celsius only in 1919, 1929, 1961 and 1997,” stated an official from the India Meteorological Department.

“In December this year, the mean maximum temperature (MMT) till Thursday was 19.85 degrees Celsius. It is expected to dip to 19.15 degrees Celsius by December 31.”

Delhi hit its coldest temperature of the season Saturday as the mercury plummeted to 2.4 degrees Celsius in the morning, officials said.

The Safdarjung Observatory, whose reading is considered the official marking for the city, registered Saturday’s record low.



CCTV cameras are installed at Highgate cemetery after vandals target Karl Marx's tomb twice in a year

Karl Marx's grave in Highgate cemetery was damages twice early this year.

CCTV cameras have been installed above the London grave of Karl Marx to deter vandals who have carried out politically-motivated attacks on it.

The severe measure was taken as a last resort following significant damage to the grave at Highgate cemetery in the last year.

Vandals twice targeted the grave's white marble plaque and it was daubed in blood red paint spelling out slogans such as 'architect of genocide'.

Surveillance cameras have now been mounted on two trees overlooking the grade-I listed monument, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.




British lawmakers finally approve Brexit after nearly 4 years

After nearly four years, MPs in the British parliament on Friday voted overwhelmingly to approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the UK to leave the European Union on January 31st, 2020.

In a 358 to 234 vote, the House of Commons passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which will now be examined further and possibly amended before it’s sent to the House of Lord’s next month, the BBC reports.

Following the vote, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK is now “one step closer to getting Brexit done”. Johnson added that the Brexit deal that’s in place will finally put an end to the “acrimony and anguish” that’s plagued the country over the past three years. 

“Now is the time to act together as one reinvigorated nation, one United Kingdom, filled with renewed confidence in our national destiny and determined, at last, to take advantage of the opportunities that now lie before us,” Johnson said.

Jeremy Corbyn, the embattled Labor leader who’s largely been blamed for the party’s worst election in years, instructed his MPs to oppose the bill, arguing that there was a “better and fairer way” to leave the European Union. Despite his commands, six Labor MPs backed the bill anyway.


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Hong Kong protesters rally against China's Uighur crackdown

Many Hong Kongers are watching the scale of China's crackdown in Xinjiang with fear. A protest in support of the Uighurs was violently put down by riot police.

Hong Kong riot police on Sunday forcefully broke up a rally of pro-democracy protesters showing solidarity with China's oppressed Uighur minority.

Around 1,000 people gathered peacefully near Hong Kong's Harbourfront, waving Uighur flags and posters in the latest in nearly seven months of protests against China in the semi-autonomous city.

"We shall not forget those who share a common goal with us, our struggle for freedom and democracy and the rage against the Chinese Communist Party," one speaker shouted through the loudspeaker to the crowd.

Police later swooped in using pepper spray to disperse protesters, who countered by throwing glass bottles and rocks.




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Greece expects 100,000 more migrants in 2020

Asylum-seekers are continuing to arrive on the shores of Greek islands such as Lesbos and Samos, with the crisis only getting worse.

The Greek government predicts 100,000 more people to arrive from Turkey in 2020.

Greece is predicting up to 100,000 asylum-seekers to arrive on its islands from Turkey in 2020, placing a further strain on its already bursting migrant camps.

"The crisis is happening now, and it is serious," Manos Logothetis, government commissioner for migration, told the German Funk media group on Wednesday.

In the past six months, 45,000 refugees arrived in Greece, leading the government commissioner to say the situation was "clearly more critical" for Greece than the 2015 migrant crisis, at the high point of people fleeing the civil war in Syria. 




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