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December 16, 2019 | Via BBC

India PM Modi Appeals for Calm as Protests Grow

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm as violent protests against a new law on illegal migrants entered a fifth day. Large demonstrations are taking place in the capital Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). Monday’s protests came a day after clashes between police and protesters in Delhi left at least 50 injured. Protesters are angry at a law entitling citizenship to some non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries.

December 16, 2019 | Via Reuters

Clashes Rock Beirut as Security Forces Fire Tear Gas at Protest

Tear gas engulfed central Beirut as security forces chased protesters near Lebanon’s parliament on Sunday in a second night of street clashes that wounded dozens of people. The protests erupted from anger at a political elite that has overseen decades of corruption and steered the country toward its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

December 16, 2019 | Via ABC News

Turkey Deploys Surveillance Drone in Northern Cyprus

Turkey has dispatched a surveillance and reconnaissance drone to the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus amid tensions over offshore oil and gas exploration, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said Monday. Kudret Ozersay, foreign minister of the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state, told reporters Sunday that the Turkish deployment would be limited to unarmed drones as there was “no need” for armed ones.

December 16, 2019 | Via Sky News

Italian City Evacuates 54,000 People to Defuse British WW2 Bomb

Around 54,000 people were evacuated from an Italian city as experts worked to defuse a British Second World War bomb, authorities have said. The evacuation in the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Sunday saw more than 60% of the city’s residents forced to vacate a “red zone” in a radius of 1,617 meters (5,305ft) from where the bomb was found.

December 16, 2019 | Via The Guardian

YouTuber PewDiePie to Take Break from Platform as ‘Very Tired’

YouTuber PewDiePie has announced he will be taking a break from the video-sharing platform, saying he is “very tired”. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, is known for his video-game commentary, but has also been the center of controversy due to accusations of racism and antisemitism. With 102 million subscribers, the Swedish vlogger and comedian was for many years the platform’s most popular star.

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