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Day: December 20, 2016

Losing single market could devastate Scotland’s prosperity, says Nicola Sturgeon
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Losing single market could devastate Scotland’s prosperity, says Nicola Sturgeon

    Losing Scotland's place in the single market would be "potentially devastating" to the country's long-term prosperity, the First Minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon said that being part of the European Single Market is "vital for Scotland's future economic wellbeing" and warned against a hard Brexit. She was speaking ahead of the publication of the Scottish Government's paper, "Scotland's Place in Europe" in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The paper will propose that Britain should remain in the free trade bloc even though the UK has voted for Brexit. The document will also set out how Scotland could remain in the single market without the rest of the UK and propose a ''substantial transfer of new powers to Holyrood'' after the country leaves the European Union (EU). Ms Sturgeon said...
Several injured in shooting at mosque in central Zurich
ENGLISH, Europe

Several injured in shooting at mosque in central Zurich

    A man stormed into a Zurich mosque on Monday evening and opened fire on people praying, injuring three, Swiss police said. They said they had collected evidence inside the building and would make more details available on Tuesday. They declined to comment on the potential motive. Two of the three men -- aged 30, 35 and 56 -- were seriously injured in the attack shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT) near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital, Zurich police said. A third sustained less severe injuries. All three were brought to hospital. The unidentified suspect, a man around 30 years old who according to witnesses was wearing dark clothing and a dark wool cap, fled the mosque, police said. Police said a body was found nearby but would not comment...
Pakistani refugee blamed for Berlin Christmas market terror attack
ENGLISH, Europe

Pakistani refugee blamed for Berlin Christmas market terror attack

    A Pakistani refugee named only as Naved B. has been named as the prime suspect in the Berlin Christmas market tragedy by German media. The 23-year-old arrived in Germany a year ago, Bild reported citing security sources. Police have said at least 12 people died when the huge vehicle smashed into booths outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the centre of the city. The truck is believed to have Polish numberplates. The suspect had been living in Flughfen Tempelhof – an old airport converted into a refugee centre. He was reportedly known as a petty criminal but authorities had not considered him to be a terror suspect. Four young men were also questioned after police stormed the Tempelhof hangar and it is thought that one was arrested. German officials are interrogati...
Democrats turn faithless electors in U.S. Electoral College surprise
America, ENGLISH

Democrats turn faithless electors in U.S. Electoral College surprise

    At least five Democrats who had been committed to back Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Electoral College cast ballots for other people on Monday, the largest number of faithless electors seen in well over a century. The 538 electors were voting across the country to confirm Republican Donald Trump as the next president. The event is normally a formality but took on extra prominence this year after some Democrats urged electors to revolt and switch to Clinton, who won the national popular vote on Nov. 8. In the end, it was not Republicans breaking ranks. The Democratic dissidents - four from Washington state and one from Maine - underscored deep divisions within their party and effectively dashed long-shot hopes by some activists that Republicans pledged to Trump might back Cli...
Vladimir Putin says killing of Russian ambassador designed to spoil Russian
ENGLISH, Europe

Vladimir Putin says killing of Russian ambassador designed to spoil Russian

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara is designed to spoil Russian Turkish ties. Mr Putin said the killing of Andrey Karlov in the Turkish capital was also intended to derail Moscow's attempts to find, with Iran and Turkey, a solution for the Syria crisis. He said Russian investigators have opened a criminal case into the killing. In televised comments, Mr Putin, speaking at a special meeting in the Kremlin, ordered security at Russian embassies around the world to be stepped up and said he wanted to know who had directed the gunman's hand. He heaped praise on the murdered Russian ambassador, Mr Karlov, who was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery, and made clear that Moscow's response ...