1. BREXIT NOW! Police clash with Yellow Vest protestors in London
Police in central London clash with Yellow Vest protestors
London police clashed with 'yellow vest' protesters near Downing Street on Saturday as a smoke bomb was detonated amid the chaos.
Four people, including a 13-year-old girl, have reportedly been arrested so far.
Protesters, reported to be pro-Brexit, have created traffic disruptions in London after marching from Waterloo Station through Westminster to Trafalgar Square.
Yellow Vests in Trafalgar Square London on January 5, 2019
2. One of President Macron's top officials is “evacuated” after masked thugs use FORKLIFT to break into a French government ministry
Masked thugs broke into a French government ministry tonight - leading to the 'emergency evacuation' of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux during a day of Yellow Vests rioting.
The 41-year-old, who is one of President Emmanuel Macron's most senior lieutenants, was rushed to safety by police during the drama.
Dramatic footage shows how a forklift taken from a nearby construction site was used to smash through the entrance of the building.
“Around fifteen masked people dressed in black broke into Mr Griveaux's office at about 4.30 on Saturday,” said an investigating source.
“His staff had heard the group approaching, and managed to get him to safety, and he was unhurt. Video is being studied to try and identify those involved. There were Yellow Vest protesters in the vicinity.”
All of those involved managed to escape without any immediate arrests, said the source.
As the Yellow Vests advance on Boulevard Saint-Germain, in Paris, towards the National Assembly, the situation remains very tense. Protesters set fire to several scooters, requiring the intervention of firefighters. A huge barricade was also burned.
Video in tweet gives perspective on size of crowd in Bordeaux
🇫🇷 Vidéo impressionnante des milliers de #GiletsJaunes qui se séparent en deux colonnes pour laisser passer un véhicule de pompiers, le #5janvier à #Bordeaux en plein #ActeVIII. Ils étaient au moins 6000 à manifester hier dans le calme. (témoin - Facebook) pic.twitter.com/Xmdz7bfVhB— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) January 6, 2019
3. Former KGB general who helped compile Trump dirty dossier found dead amid claims of a Kremlin cover up
The Kremlin may have covered up the murder of a former KGB chief accused of helping ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele to pull together the notorious dossier on Donald Trump.
Oleg Erovinkin served as a general in the KGB and was found dead on Boxing Day in the back of his car in Moscow.
It has been claimed he died of a heart attack, but an expert on Russian security threats believes he was murdered for his role in the explosive dossier.
The suspected murder victim was close to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who is named throughout the leaked memo, according to the Telegraph.
Erovinkin is understood to have been an important link between Sechin and leader of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin.
Agent Steele's dossier, which was made public earlier this month, noted how he had a source close to Sechin.
4. Swiss woman charged with assault after slapping Afghan migrant who groped her on New Year's Eve
A Swiss woman has been charged with assault after slapping an Afghan migrant who allegedly groped her during a New Year's Eve street party.
The unnamed woman, 21, was said to have left the man with a broken nose when he reportedly groped her during a party at the City Hall in the Austrian capital Vienna.
After news of the charges against her were made public, a wealthy Swiss businessman has stepped in with an offer to pay the fine on her behalf.
Former MP and bigwig of the conservative Swiss People's Party (SVP) Christoph Blocher was one of many that defended the actions of the 21-year-old woman.
5. UK spends £200,000 of taxpayer money to protect hate preacher... after deporting him
Britain has spent almost 200,000 pounds protecting the welfare of hate preacher Abu Qatada after he was deported to his native Jordan to face terror charges.
The sum, revealed by The Times newspaper, has sparked anger among both MPs and the public.
6. “They hate Italians and must resign”: Salvini attacks mayors resisting harsh immigration rules
The times when mayors of Palermo, Florence and Naples could cash in on illegal immigrants are over, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, vowing that those resisting the new policies will answer before law and history.
“Those who help the illegal immigrants, hate Italians,” Salvini said, blasting his opponents on Facebook and Twitter.
The minister from the conservative Lega Nord Party promised that the rebelling city heads will “answer before law and history. And it's no idle threat, as the former mayor of the Calabrian town of Riace is currently under house arrest on charges of aiding and abetting illegal immigration.
7. Dozens killed in ethnic violence in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - About 46 people were killed in ethnic clashes in central Burkina Faso this week, the government said on Friday. [...]
To the north of Burkina Faso, in Mali, ethnic clashes are being fueled by the presence of Islamist militants as Fulani communities are accused of hiding jihadists.
Burkina Faso has seen a spike in Islamist attacks in recent months as jihadists seek to increase their influence across the Sahel. On Dec. 31, the Burkinabe government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali, though these did not include the region around Yirgou.
8. Golders Green mosque cancels Muslim Shoah Heroes exhibit
A planned exhibition celebrating Muslim Albanians who helped, protected and rescued their Jewish neighbours during the Holocaust has been scrapped.
No reason has been given for the cancellation, but Rabbi Natan Levy, head of operations at Faith Forums for London, and one of the organisers behind the event, said:
“We will continue to focus on building local relations even though this event has been cancelled. However, we are confident after reviewing plans there is goodwill to continue working with communities in Barnet.”
The venue was put under pressure by opponents of the exhibit including Roshan Salih, editor of British Muslim news site 5 Pillars, who urged a boycott.
9. How I was indoctrinated to wage war against Nigeria — Boko Haram Commander
A top commander of the Boko Haram Sect, Umar Abdulmalik, who was arrested penultimate Thursday by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, in Lagos State, for carrying out several bombings, bank robberies and killings within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Owo, Ondo State and Lokoja Kogi State, has revealed how he joined the sect and led members to carry out these attacks.
The 30-year-old suspect, who is a native of Okene in Kogi State and was alleged to have killed over 200 persons before his arrest told Vanguard that a radical Islamic cleric, who he identified as Mallam Mustapha indoctrinated him into the deadly sect.
President Buhari mourns former COAS, Gen. Salihu Ibrahim. He explained that Mallam Mustapha came into Okene with his teachings, built a mosque in 2009 and urged residents to shun western education as it was a sin against Allah, and urged them to accept Islamic education which he said was the only education accepted by Allah.
He added that he attended several of Mallam Mustapha’s teachings, who he said also urged his followers to disregard the Nigeria State and wage war against her as her system of government was not in line with the dictates of Allah, which he said, ought to be in an Islamic fashion.
10. Explosion outside the offices of the AfD (Alternative for Germany)
German police have detained three people suspected of involvement in an explosion which took place outside an office of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the eastern state of Saxony.