Tens of thousands of protesters in South Korea are holding a mass rally against a raft of government policies that they say weaken democracy. About 18,000 police have been deployed in the capital, Seoul.
A protest last month ended in a riot, and water cannon being used to prevent marchers from getting to the presidential palace. Protesters oppose plans including changes to labour laws and greater controls over history textbooks. Left-wing critics say this will lead to a whitewashing of past South Korean dictatorships.
Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female president, was elected two years ago. She is also pushing through controversial moves to make labour markets more flexible by giving employers more leeway in dismissing workers. About 60,000 people took part in the first rally, with saw violent clashes between protesters and police. BBC
A motive behind the mass shootings that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, California is still unknown.
But when police named Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, as suspects responsible for Wednesday’s shooting, Mustafa Kuko, director of the Islamic Center of Riverside, said he could not believe it.
The local Muslim leader and others who knew Farook say they were shocked to learn someone they saw as devout would be involved.
Part of the investigation is to find out who the husband and wife suspects were. The couple, who had left their 6-month-old baby with relatives before the shooting, were killed in a gun battle with police following the attack on a holiday party. VOA
The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, in line with economists’ expectations. The economy gained another 35,000 jobs through revisions to September and October’s estimates. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5 percent. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to begin hiking interest rates later this month, based on the belief that the economy is now in steady recovery.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (4.7 percent), adult women (4.6 percent), teenagers (15.7 percent), whites (4.3 percent), blacks (9.4 percent), Asians (3.9 percent), and Hispanics (6.4 percent) showed little or no change in November. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Donald Trump takes commanding lead in new poll
Donald Trump essentially laps the GOP presidential field in a new CNN/ORC poll out Friday, snagging 36 percent support and opening a 20-point lead over his rivals.
Second-place Ted Cruz doesn’t even come close with only 16 percent. Ben Carson, once Trump’s biggest competitor, continued his downward slide in the polls, falling to third with 14 percent. Marco Rubio is next with 12 percent, Chris Christie comes in at 4 percent, and Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina each take 3 percent. The poll, conducted among 445 Republican or Republican-leaning voters, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. CNN via The Week
Negotiators from 195 countries agreed Saturday on a blueprint deal aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming, a significant but far from conclusive step in the multinational effort to keep climate change in check.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) posted on its website a copy of the draft agreement, which officials have been working on intensively for some time.
Ministers will now work through next week at the COP21 conference in Paris to craft a complete, final agreement. Doing so may not be easy, but that didn’t stop those involved in the process from celebrating Saturday’s announcement.
“One more step in writing of history,” tweeted Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UNFCCC. “#ADP adopts the Draft Paris Outcome and forwards it to #COP21 for finalizing.” CNN
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire for a statement he made in an interview, saying that Israel has to be willing to “sacrifice certain things” in order for peace to be achieved. U.S.-born Israeli author and Middle East expert David Rubin warns voters that Trump’s remarks are a red flag.
“It seems to be at the very least a yellow light,” said Rubin, according to One News Now, adding that other Republican candidates such as Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Marco Rubio have been “a little more consistent” in their support of Israel.
In reference to Trump’s comment, Rubio stated, “Some in our own party actually call for more sacrifice from the Israeli people. They are dead wrong and they don’t understand the enduring bond between Israel and America.”
While speaking to a group of Jewish Republicans, Trump said that his comment had been that “people will have to make sacrifices.”
However, some in the audience didn’t seem to be convinced. When Trump deferred to answer the question of whether he believes Jerusalem is the “undivided capital” of Israel, some in the audience booed, though Trump did acknowledge that Israel has “given a lot” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Christian Headlines
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