1. Yellow Vests take their demands to the Irish Government in Dublin
Ben Gilroy speaks on behalf of the #YellowVests with their demands to the Irish Government outside Taoiseach office.
2. Paris: Tensions in the district of the Avenue d'Iéna, police resort to tear gas
On December 15, day 5 of the mobilization of the Yellow Vests, the police used tear gas in Paris to disperse those who disagree with the government's policy and protest against Emmanuel Macron.
The "yellow vests" gather in front of the Opéra Garnier
Several hundred "yellow vests" gather on the steps of the Opera Garnier in Paris where flourish several signs calling for a citizens' initiative referendum (RIC).
3. Bare-breasted, silver-painted “Mariannes” confront police in Paris
The yellow colors of the raging French protests are mixing with red and silver as several half-naked women posing as Marianne – a French national symbol – have faced off with police in the heart of Paris.
Half-naked women in blood-red hoodies covered in silver paint evoked the French revolutionary icon on Champs-Elysees avenue on Saturday. Their appearance was in stark contrast to the black and blue uniforms of gendarmes and police officers, and the yellow vests of hundreds of protesters around them.
4. Belgium: “Yellow Vest” protesters hit streets of Brussels
“Yellow Vest” protesters and police went head to head during a rally in Brussels on Saturday.
Protesters could be seen arguing with police officers, who were clad in riot gear and used wire fencing at the demonstration. Protests earlier in the week saw police firing tear gas and water cannons at protesters attempting to gain access to blockaded areas.
The 'Yellow Vest' movement emerged last month after French President Emmanuel Macron announced controversial hikes in fuel prices to encourage a transition towards greener energy. The French government have now suspended the prices hikes but the protests have nevertheless continued.
Brussels: Yellow vest protest at European Parliament
5. ROME: Anti-racists don “Yellow Vests” to protest against Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini
6. German journalist Billy Six “charged with espionage” in Venezuela
German reporter Billy Six, 32, is being held in Venezuela, the German foreign ministry has confirmed.
Venezuelan rights group Espacio Público says Mr Six, who writes for right-wing newspaper Junge Freiheit, has been charged with espionage and rebellion.
Relatives say he was arrested more than three weeks ago while reporting on Venezuela's economic crisis and the mass migration it has triggered.
Diplomatic officials have reportedly not been allowed to see him.
Rights groups say he is being held in the infamous Helicoide prison in the capital, Caracas, which has seen a number of prison riots this year.
7. Black South African politician urges followers to “kill whites”, saying: “We will kill their children and their women”
The leader of a South African political party has called for the killing of white women and children in a row over the taxi industry.
Andile Mngxitama, president of Black First Land First (BLF), was speaking at a rally on the weekend in Potchefstroom near Johannesburg when he made the violent comments.
He tells the cheering crowd: “For each one person that is being killed by the taxi industry, we will kill five white people.
“For every one black person we will kill five white people.”
8. Italian reporter shot in Strasbourg attack has died
(ANSA) - Paris, December 14 - Antonio Megalizzi, a young Italian reporter who was shot in the head in Tuesday's terrorist attack at Strasbourg's Christmas market, has died, foreign ministry sources said on Friday. “This news saddens me a great deal,” Premier Giuseppe Conte told a news conference following this week's European summit.
Strasbourg attack update: Death toll 4
Original Spanish language news report.
9. GERMANY: 3 women seriously injured in separate knife attacks in Nuremberg
German language article HERE.
10. US-led coalition destroys Syrian mosque used as IS command center in Hajin
The US-led coalition in Syria on Saturday destroyed a mosque in the town of Hajin that was used as an Islamic State (IS) group command and control center, the US military said.
Hajin is the last big town that IS held in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), spearheaded by the Kurdish militia, have battled to eliminate the militants there for several months, Reuters said.
The coalition said that 16 heavily armed IS militants were using the mosque as a base to attack. “This strike killed these terrorists who presented an imminent threat, and eliminated another deadly…operational capability from the battlefield,” the US military said in a statement.
The SDF has largely secured Hajin, the biggest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.