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France wants suspension of 'poisonous' US-Europe trade spat

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday suggested that trade spat between the United States and the European Union should be suspended.

“The issue that’s poisoning everyone is that of the price escalation and taxes on steel, digital technology, Airbus and more particularly our wine sector,” Le Drian told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview, according to Reuters.

He hoped that the two sides can find a way to settle the dispute, though it may take time.

Vienna expels Turkish spy who planned to kill Turkish opposition figures in Austria

The Austrian authorities have expelled a Turkish spy who was tasked with assassinating Turkish opposition figures in Austria. 

According to the Austrian Interior Ministry, the spy is an Italian national of Turkish origin who has been ordered by the Turkish regime to kill opposition figures who express views critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

The Turkish regime operates spies in several European and Western countries to chase its opponents who fled Turkey to escape its repressive practices. 

Turkish judicial documents have previously revealed that Erdogan is using the security personnel, who are tasked with guarding diplomatic missions in dozens of European countries, in order to spy on his opponents and fabricate accusations against them. 

UN experts urge new US administration to close Guantanamo prison

A group of United Nations (UN) human rights experts on Monday appealed to the new U.S. administration to immediately close the disgraceful Guantanamo Bay detention center.

In a joint statement issued on Monday marking the 19th anniversary of the center’s establishment, the experts said that the remaining detainees risk death from rapidly deteriorating health by old age and mental and physical harm suffered in cruel and inhuman conditions of imprisonment.

"Guantanamo is a place of arbitrariness and abuse, a site where torture and ill-treatment was rampant and remains institutionalized, where the rule of law is effectively suspended, and where justice is denied," the experts clarified.

"The very existence of this facility is a disgrace for the United States and the international community as a whole. Guantanamo should have been closed a long time ago," they said.

Al-Kazemi: More than half of the American forces will leave Iraq in coming days

The Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, announced the withdrawal of more than half of the American forces from the country in the coming days, stressing that Iraq "will not be a stadium for regional or international conflicts after today."

In a speech on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Iraqi army, Al-Kazemi said "It is truly regrettable that Iraq has turned into an arena for liquidations and challenges of a global and regional war on its soil," adding: "We will not allow the lands of Iraq to be used to settle scores between countries."

Al-Kazemi indicated that batches of American forces have been withdrawn from Iraq within technical times during the past months, and continued: "As a fruit of the continuous strategic dialogue (with the United States), the withdrawal of more than half of these forces will be completed in the coming days, and only hundreds of them will remain to cooperate in the fields of training, rehabilitation, armament and technical support. "

US Congress certifies Biden win

On January 7th, the US Congress officially certified the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States of America.

Reuters reported that US Vice President Mike Pence announced the congressional approval of the results of the electoral college votes, paving the way for Biden to take over the presidency on January 20.

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Four deaths, 52 arrests made after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol

Four people died and 52 were arrested, Washington D.C.’s police chief said, after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

In a late night news conference, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee said 47 of the 52 arrests to date were related to violations of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 6 p.m. curfew, with 26 of those involving people arrested on U.S. Capitol grounds.

'We will not shut up': Turkey's students rage over Erdogan-appointed trustee

ANKARA, (ST)_The Turkish regime has carried out a new security campaign against the students of Boğaziçi University, who are protesting about the appointment of Melih Bulu as rector.  
Erdogan regime's appointment of a ruling-party loyalist to lead one of Turkey’s most prestigious universities sparked outrage about attacks on academic independence.