Hundreds of police officers continue to search for the known suspect who killed three and wounded another twelve in a shooting in Strasbourg, France on Tuesday. The suspect escaped after exchanging fire with armed police and soldiers. An investigation has been opened by France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor and no motive has been identified.
A group of journalists including Jamal Khashoggi was named Time’s Person of the Year on Tuesday. Two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government were also included. Time called the group of journalists ‘The Guardians’ and highlighted ‘the War on Truth.’ This is the first time a deceased person was honored as Person of the Year.
Huawei CFO was released on bail on Tuesday after being arrested in Vancouver, Canada at the request of US authorities. Meng Wanzhou faces extradition to the US and prison time for multiple fraud charges. President Trump said he could intervene in Meng’s case to prevent further deterioration of relations between the US and China.
A scheduled private negotiation between President Trump and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi turned into a tense televised exchange. Trump vowed to block full government funding if Democrats do not allocate money for a wall on the southwestern border. The deadline to reach an agreement and avoid a government shutdown is December 21st.
Five people were killed and others wounded when a gunman opened fire in a Catholic cathedral near the city of San Paulo, Brazil. The shooting took place near the end of a midday service. The gunman killed himself before police were able to arrest him. The motive for the attack remains unclear.
The Chinese government will consider a reduction of tariffs on US cars and trucks in a move which would ease tensions which have damaged the largest global automotive market. The proposal to cut the tariffs from 40% to 15% could be reviewed in the next few days. The deal has not been finalized.